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FHS production Guys & Dolls earns Spotlight Education awards, multiple Outstanding designations
Posted 12/19/2019 02:30PM


Congratulations to the Fridley High School (FHS) cast, crew and pit orchestra of this fall’s musical production, ‘Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway,’ which earned numerous Overall and Individual Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Education awards!

To earn Spotlight Education awards, trained performance evaluators attend participating schools’ musical theatre productions to critique the performance in several categories: movement, vocal, and acting technique for ensemble; execution of the technical aspects of the production; and individual performances.  

“The Spotlight awards are the pinnacle of recognition for high school musical theater in the State of Minnesota,” said Auditorium and Events Coordinator Dan Wold. “Achieving this level of recognition requires a tremendous amount of work and focus. The cast and crew of Guys and Dolls worked very hard to put this production together, and it is very rewarding to be recognized.”

Wold added that it is not easy to achieve an Outstanding Overall Production distinction. “Fridley has never done that before,” he said. “We have also never had all of the leads in a show recognized for Outstanding Performance. This really shows how talented and hardworking our students worked.”

The Outstanding Overall Production award allows Fridley to perform a medley from their production at the Spotlight Showcase in Minneapolis, held annually in the spring. Students who worked on the technical crew and student musicians are also eligible to participate throughout Showcase Rehearsal Week and the show itself.

Congratulations to all our students on their achievement and a well-deserved recognition! 


Fridley High Schools Guys & Dolls Production Awards:

Achievement in Musical Theatre, Honorable Mention

Overall Production, Outstanding

Overall Performance, Honorable Mention

Ensemble Performance, Honorable Mention

Acting Performance, Outstanding

Student Orchestra, Honorable Mention

Costume Crew, Honorable Mention

Run Crew, Outstanding

Overall Technical Team, Outstanding

Light & Sound Crew, Outstanding


Individual Honors:

Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: 

Cassady Callahan as Sarah Brown

Ruby Richard as Miss Adelaide

Ryken Farr as Sky Masterson

Daniel Toweh as Nathan Detroit

Honorable Mention in Supporting Role:

Willem West Mohn as Nicely Nicely Johnson

Outstanding in Technical Leadership:

Gavin Bardenpratt as Board Operator

Honorable Mention in Technical Leadership:

Xiomara Welsh as State Manager

Evaluator Shout-Out:
Mykell Engle

Spotlight Showcase Featured Dance Performance:

Lulu Schirmacher

Mykell Engle


Spotlight Showcase Student Orchestra Performance:

Anna Meisner

Sophia Kriz



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