ARLINGTON — The Fifth Avenue Musical Awards nominations have been released, and Arlington High School Drama stole the show, receiving a record four nominations and five honorable mentions for their spring musical "Legally Blonde," which received awards in all three production areas of music, performance and technical work associated with a musical.
AHS received honorable mentions in three categories of Outstanding Orchestra, Musical Direction and Lighting Design. For her role as Brooke, Chelsey Kucera received an honorable mention in the category of Outstanding Actress in an Ensemble Role. Rounding out the honorable mentions, the Outstanding Ensemble Group honor went to Bre Morren, Emma Vanderweyst and Lizzie Sande for their roles of Pilar, Serena and Margot, the girls from the Delta Nu sorority.
AHS senior Christian Sanchez was awarded Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble for his roles of Kyle and Grandmaster Chad. The Outstanding Lead Actress award went to Baily Hudson for her role as Elle Woods, the "Legally Blonde" heroine. The high school itself also received nominations for Excellence in a Musical Performance, as Arlington students competed with more than 106 other musical theater productions to land in one of the top eight spots in the state. AHS even received nominations for Set and Lobby Design and Execution, which the school's staff attribute to its theatrical production and stagecraft classes.
"These students built the set and ran a very complex show," said Andrea Conley, public information coordinator for the Arlington School District. "Their hard work has been exemplary by all measures, and has been singled out as some of the best work in musical theater throughout the state. All the production pieces came together to form a great production of a wonderful musical. Having one area acknowledged is great, but to have all three major areas win awards at the same time marks this show as a production for the ages, and secures its place in AHS Drama history."