The cast and crew of Waco High School's production of Disney's "Tarzan the Musical" recently brought home two prestigious trophies from the Dallas Summer Musicals annual awards gala for high schools. Now in its fourth year, the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards program honors the best young actors, singers, dancers and theater technicians in the state. Competing against 70 other schools, many with well-established and highly budgeted musical theater programs in the DFW metroplex, Waco High won awards for Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design. The school had also received a nomination for Best Lighting Design.
"Just to be nominated in one category is an honor," said K'Lynn Childress who directs the theater program at Waco High. "But to be nominated in three categories and win two of them is outstanding."
"Tarzan the Musical" was performed in January but the work began last September when students auditioned for parts and started erecting the set. In addition to Childress, students were under the guidance of theater teacher and set building expert Cory Garrett and choir teachers Carrie Forehand and Christie Lujan. Working collaboratively, they crafted a show that highlighted the theatrical, physical, vocal and technical talents of more than 40 students.
"These awards are huge," said Phillip Morgan, director of fine arts at Waco ISD. "They send a message that Waco High stands toe-to-toe with the best musical theater departments in Texas."