Triangle Rising Star Awards at DPAC: Finalists Take the Stage on June 2

Along with Theatre in the Park, Playmakers Repertory Company and ABC 11, DPAC is thrilled to announce the culmination of this year’s Triangle Rising Star program on June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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Last year's TRS winners performing on Broadway in New York City

DPAC is pleased to recognize such amazing local talent from such wide regions of the Triangle at the upcoming Triangle Rising Star Awards. It is an amazing educational opportunity for a chance to experience performing on the DPAC stage - Rachel Gragg

Durham, N.C. (PRWEB) May 30, 2013

Along with Theatre in the Park, Playmakers Repertory Company and ABC 11, DPAC is thrilled to announce the culmination of this year’s Triangle Rising Star program on June 2 at 6:30 p.m. Presented by Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, the Triangle Rising Star Awards (TRS) is a program that brings together area high school musical theater students to perform together and compete against one another for educational scholarships.

WHEN: Sunday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

WHO: 20 students from area high schools will perform at the Triangle Rising Star Awards, hosted by ABC 11’s Elaina Athans

WHERE: Durham Performing Arts Theatre: 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701

Tickets are now on sale for just $8:
•Online at DPACnc.com
•DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
•Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000
*All ticket sales support the Triangle Rising Star program.

“DPAC is pleased to recognize such amazing local talent from such wide regions of the Triangle at the upcoming Triangle Rising Star Awards. It is an amazing educational opportunity for a chance to experience performing on the DPAC stage as well as the opportunity to be a part of our very own Nederlander program in New York City the Jimmy Awards™,” stated Rachel Gragg, Senior Director of Marketing at DPAC.

The Triangle Rising Star Awards is a member of The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA), a national program that unites high school musical theater awards programs from across the country under one roof. The two student winners will be provided with $1,000 academic scholarships along with an invitation to represent TRS in an all-expense paid trip to the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City for one week, June 25 – July 2, 2013. After a week of coaching, auditions and rehearsals, the students have a final performance “on Broadway.”

“Theatre in the Park is proud to once again partner with DPAC as part of the Triangle Rising Star program,” said Brent Simpson, Marketing Director of Theatre in the Park. “We have seen a ton of talent in the Triangle this year and I am glad that they have the opportunity to showcase their gifts on such a renowned stage.”

A Best Actor and Best Actress will be awarded after a four months’ long audition process. Representatives from DPAC, Theatre in the Park, Playmakers Repertory Company and ABC 11 attended high school musicals from area counties, including: Chatham, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Orange and Wake Counties. Over 35 applicants auditioned for the program, which has been narrowed down to 20 finalists, including 12 women and eight men.

WOMEN:
•Chatham County, Jordan Matthews High School: Ashley Griffin (Fiona, Brigadoon)
•Durham County, Durham Academy: Elizabeth Eason (Laurey, Oklahoma!)
•Durham County, Durham School of the Arts: Angeline Fuqua (Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz)
•Harnett County, Western Harnett High School: Hayley Jo Womack (Belle, Beauty and the Beast)
•Orange County, East Chapel Hill High School: Laura Bevington (Marian Paroo, The Music Man)
•Wake County, Apex High School: Ainsley Seiger (Kim MacAfee, Bye Bye Birdie)
•Wake County, Cary High School: Sarah Koop (Rev. Mother, Nunsense)
•Wake County, Enloe High School: Sarah Gordon (Winifred, Once Upon a Mattress)
•Wake County, Garner Magnet High School: Leia Gearhart (Rizzo, Grease)
•Wake County, Raleigh Charter High School: Shelby Cox (Laurey, Oklahoma!)
•Wake County, Sanderson High School: Anna Higginson (Millie, Thoroughly Modern Millie)
•Wake County, Sanderson High School: Ruby Gibbs (Muzzy, Thoroughly Modern Millie)

MEN:
•Durham County, Durham Academy: Alex Flores-Burgess (Ali Hakim, Oklahoma!)
•Durham County, Voyager Academy High School: Kai Kelley (King, King and I)
•Johnston County,Clayton High School: Kevin Thorne (Cat, Honk The Musical)
•Wake County, Broughton High School: Zachary Dale (Joseph, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
•Wake County, Green Hope High School: Sam Hamashima (Baker, Into the Woods)
•Wake County, Panther Creek High School: Aaron Miller (Frank Butler, Annie Get Your Gun)
•Wake County, Raleigh Charter High School: Bailey Griffin (Curly, Oklahoma!)
•Wake County, St. Thomas More Academy: Benjamin Goldman (Jesus, Godspell)

The Triangle Rising Star Awards event on June 2 will be hosted by ABC 11’s Elaina Athans. The 20 finalists will be featured in two group performances, as well as a medley of individual performances where each student will showcase their own solos. Along with the Best Actor and Best Actress awards, accolades will also be given for Best Musical and Best Ensemble. From the participating schools, four finalists have already been chosen for Best Musical and Best Ensemble:

BEST MUSICAL:
•Honk the Musical, Clayton High School
•Once Upon a Mattress, Enloe High School
•Oklahoma!, Raleigh Charter School
•Annie Get Your Gun, Panther Creek High School

BEST ENSEMBLE:
•Music Man, East Chapel Hill High School
•Oklahoma!, Durham Academy
•Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Broughton High School
•Nunsense, Cary High School

The Best Actor and Best Actress will be selected and invited to attend the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City on July 1. This awards show will be the grand finale to a week-long all expense paid trip to New York City where the students will train with real Broadway actors, directors and producers. Their week of coaching, auditions and rehearsals will conclude with each student’s life-long dream at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. At which, a panel of judges will choose two students for the coveted Jimmy™ Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.

The Triangle Rising Star Awards are in conjunction with The National High School Musical Theater Awards which is a national celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater. Established by Nederlander Alliances and Pittsburgh CLO, the program recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance, as well as honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to excellence in performing arts education.

About DPAC

Since its opening in 2008, DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, has become the center for live entertainment in the Triangle. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines and state-of-the art sound and video. Listed four times in the top 10 in Pollstar magazine’s annual worldwide theater attendance rankings, DPAC is currently the #5 ranked theater in the U.S.

What’s up next at DPAC? Back by popular demand the King of Queens Kevin James (June 5), the Soulful Summer Tour with Anthony Hamilton (June 8), followed by summer’s ultimate hip hop music experience Kings of the Mic with LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul (June 16).

For more information, please go to http://www.DPACnc.com.