Cy Ranch, Cy Woods students nominated for Tommy Tune Awards

April 15, 2019

The cast and crew of the Cypress Ranch High School production, The Little Mermaid, received seven nominations for the Tommy Tune Awards, to be held April 30 at the Hobby Center.
The cast and crew of the Cypress Ranch High School production, The Little Mermaid, received seven nominations for the Tommy Tune Awards, to be held April 30 at the Hobby Center.

April 15, 2019—Students from the Cypress Ranch and Cypress Woods high school theatre departments were nominated in nine categories in the Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) 17th annual Tommy Tune Awards, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby St.). The awards are Houston’s high school version of the Tony Awards, which recognize and celebrate musical theatre.

Cypress Ranch earned the following nominations for the production, The Little Mermaid:

  • Best Musical (the department’s second nomination in four years);
  • Leading actress (Mia Velasquez in the role of Ariel);
  • Lighting Design;
  • Stage Crew and Technical Execution;
  • Choreography;
  • Direction; and
  • Musical Direction.

“We are extremely proud of the entire The Little Mermaid company,” Cypress Ranch Theatre Director Cheryl Bradford said. “The Tommy Tune nominations reflect the efforts of the entire company, the artistic team and the theatre booster organization – a team win for sure. We look forward to the Cypress Ranch Theatre company showcasing a medley from The Little Mermaid on the Houston Hobby Center's stage.”

Cypress Woods earned the following nominations for the production, Chicago: High School Edition:

  • Scenic Design; and
  • Costume Design.

“Cypress Woods Theatre Company is thrilled to have received Tommy Tune nominations in Scenic Design and Costume Design,” Cypress Woods Theatre Director Toby Drake said. “We could not be more proud of our entire cast and crew. The Chicago: High School Edition production process was a true collaboration between our entire department. The Theatre I classes created props and the Theatre II-IV classes worked on set painting. Technical Theatre Classes constructed the entire set.

The cast and crew of the Cypress Woods High School production, Chicago: High School Edition, received two nominations for the Tommy Tune Awards, to be held April 30 at the Hobby Center.
The cast and crew of the Cypress Woods High School production, Chicago: High School Edition, received two nominations for the Tommy Tune Awards, to be held April 30 at the Hobby Center.

“The production was designed by students and constructed by students.”

Additionally, Cypress Woods senior Grace Womack, who played the role of Velma, received a Tommy Tune Scholarship. 

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening will feature performances from nominees in the Best Musical category, a musical medley from the Leading Actress and Leading Actor nominees and a finale that includes two students from each participating school.

The Tommy Tune Awards are named for Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus Tommy Tune. A performer, director and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune received nine Tony Awards for his work in productions including: Seesaw, Nine, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003 by President George W. Bush.

The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the general public and tickets will be available for purchase at 9 a.m. on April 15. For more information, visit www.tuts.com or call (713) 558-8887.

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