The 2017 Spirit of the MACY Awards winners are …

The annual Spirit of the MACY Awards, founded in 1969 to encourage and celebrate achievement in Southern California high school musical theater, were held May 28 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Judges reviewed 58 musicals at 44 schools this year.

The Macy honors shows as well as students, with honors bestowed in categories such as best (for top performances), highest achievement (for skill and professionalism above the norm), outstanding achievement (for exceptional merit in a demanding role), achievement (for distinction in a demanding role of central importance), special recognition (for performers who shine in specialty roles) and bright spot (for performers who bring something to a small role).

 

  • Musical theater students from Los Alamitos High School perform “Guys and Dolls” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The students were directed by Los Alamitos drama director, Stacy Castiglione. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Musical theater students from Los Alamitos High School perform “Guys and Dolls” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The students were directed by Los Alamitos drama director, Stacy Castiglione. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Laguna Hills High School performers a number from “Nice Work If You Can Get It” directed by Susan Lord at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Laguna Hills High School performers a number from “Nice Work If You Can Get It” directed by Susan Lord at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Laguna Hills High School performers a number from “Nice Work If You Can Get It” directed by Susan Lord at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Laguna Hills High School performers a number from “Nice Work If You Can Get It” directed by Susan Lord at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Musical theater performers from Mission Viejo High School perform a number from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Mission Viejo High School performers were directed by Kathy Harris. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Musical theater performers from Mission Viejo High School perform a number from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Mission Viejo High School performers were directed by Kathy Harris. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Musical theater performers from Mission Viejo High School perform a number from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Mission Viejo High School performers were directed by Kathy Harris. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Musical theater performers from Mission Viejo High School perform a number from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Mission Viejo High School performers were directed by Kathy Harris. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Musical theater performers from Laguna Beach High School entertain the crowd with a number from “Cinderella” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Musical theater performers from Laguna Beach High School entertain the crowd with a number from “Cinderella” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Performers from Estancia High School in Costa Mesa perform a number from “Godspell” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Godspell was directed by Pauline Maranian. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Performers from Estancia High School in Costa Mesa perform a number from “Godspell” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Godspell was directed by Pauline Maranian. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Performers from Estancia High School in Costa Mesa perform a number from “Godspell” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Godspell was directed by Pauline Maranian. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Performers from Estancia High School in Costa Mesa perform a number from “Godspell” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Godspell was directed by Pauline Maranian. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Capistrano Valley High School musical theater students perform a number from “Urinetown” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Capistrano Valley High School musical theater students perform a number from “Urinetown” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Capistrano Valley Highs School musical theater students perform a number from “Urinetown” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Capistrano Valley Highs School musical theater students perform a number from “Urinetown” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Musical theater performers from Laguna Beach High School entertain the crowd with a number from “Cinderella” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Musical theater performers from Laguna Beach High School entertain the crowd with a number from “Cinderella” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Musical theatre students cheer on award winners at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Musical theatre students cheer on award winners at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Musical theater students from Los Alamitos High School perform a number from “Guys and Dolls” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The students were directed by Los Alamitos drama director, Stacy Castiglione. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Musical theater students from Los Alamitos High School perform a number from “Guys and Dolls” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The students were directed by Los Alamitos drama director, Stacy Castiglione. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Musical theater students from Los Alamitos High School perform a number from “Guys and Dolls” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The students were directed by Los Alamitos drama director, Stacy Castiglione. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Musical theater students from Los Alamitos High School perform a number from “Guys and Dolls” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The students were directed by Los Alamitos drama director, Stacy Castiglione. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tesoro High School musical theater performers a number from “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Tesoro High School is From Rancho Santa Margarita. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Tesoro High School musical theater performers a number from “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Tesoro High School is From Rancho Santa Margarita. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Diamond Bar High School musical theater performers a number from “In the Heights” directed by Beatrice Casagran at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Diamond Bar High School musical theater performers a number from “In the Heights” directed by Beatrice Casagran at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Diamond Bar High School musical theater performers in a number from “In the Heights” directed by Beatrice Casagran at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Diamond Bar High School musical theater performers in a number from “In the Heights” directed by Beatrice Casagran at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda High School musical theater students in a number from ” 9 to 5″ directed by Cathy Petz at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Yorba Linda High School musical theater students in a number from ” 9 to 5″ directed by Cathy Petz at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Yorba Linda High School musical theater students in a number from ” 9 to 5″ directed by Cathy Petz at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Yorba Linda High School musical theater students in a number from ” 9 to 5″ directed by Cathy Petz at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fullerton Union High School performs a number from “Kiss Me Kate” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Michael Despars. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fullerton Union High School performs a number from “Kiss Me Kate” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Michael Despars. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fullerton Union High School performs a number from “Kiss Me Kate” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Michael Despars. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fullerton Union High School performs a number from “Kiss Me Kate” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Michael Despars. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Little Me” from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera perform at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Stan Wlasick. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Little Me” from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera perform at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Stan Wlasick. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Little Me” from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera perform at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Stan Wlasick. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Little Me” from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera perform at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Stan Wlasick. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Guys and Dolls” from Orange County School of the Arts performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Karen Rymar. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Guys and Dolls” from Orange County School of the Arts performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Karen Rymar. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Guys and Dolls” from Orange County School of the Arts performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Karen Rymar. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Guys and Dolls” from Orange County School of the Arts performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Karen Rymar. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Children of Eden” from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Darcy Rice. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Children of Eden” from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Darcy Rice. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Children of Eden” from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Darcy Rice. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Children of Eden” from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Darcy Rice. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Cinderella” from Irvine High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Kyle Chittenden. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Cinderella” from Irvine High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Kyle Chittenden. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Cinderella” from Irvine High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Kyle Chittenden. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Cinderella” from Irvine High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Kyle Chittenden. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tesoro High School musical theater performers in a number from “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Tesoro High School is from Rancho Santa Margarita. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Tesoro High School musical theater performers in a number from “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Tesoro High School is from Rancho Santa Margarita. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Jekyll and Hyde” from Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts entertain at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Tim Nelson. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Jekyll and Hyde” from Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts entertain at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Tim Nelson. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Jekyll and Hyde” from Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts entertain at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Tim Nelson. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Jekyll and Hyde” from Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts entertain at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Tim Nelson. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Fiddler On The Roof” from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita perform at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Amy Luskey-Barth, director of theater arts. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Fiddler On The Roof” from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita perform at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Amy Luskey-Barth, director of theater arts. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Fiddler On The Roof” from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita perform at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Amy Luskey-Barth, director of theater arts. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Fiddler On The Roof” from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita perform at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Amy Luskey-Barth, director of theater arts. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Performers from University High School in Irvine in a number from “The Addams Family” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Ranae Bettger. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Performers from University High School in Irvine in a number from “The Addams Family” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Ranae Bettger. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Performers from University High School in Irvine in a number from “The Addams Family” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Ranae Bettger. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Performers from University High School in Irvine in a number from “The Addams Family” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Ranae Bettger. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” from Carlsbad High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Monica Hall. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” from Carlsbad High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Monica Hall. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” from Carlsbad High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Monica Hall. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” from Carlsbad High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Monica Hall. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” from Mater Dei High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Scott Melvin. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” from Mater Dei High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Scott Melvin. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The cast of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” from Mater Dei High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Scott Melvin. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The cast of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” from Mater Dei High School performs at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Scott Melvin. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Performers from San Clemente High School in a number from “Mary Poppins” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Laurie Mason. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Performers from San Clemente High School in a number from “Mary Poppins” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Laurie Mason. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Performers from San Clemente High School in a number from”Mary Poppins” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Laurie Mason. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Performers from San Clemente High School in a number from”Mary Poppins” at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. The musical was directed by Laurie Mason. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The 2016-2017 MACY Best Actress and Best Actor finalists perform an number together at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The 2016-2017 MACY Best Actress and Best Actor finalists perform an number together at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brian Johnson, left, theater arts director of La Habra High School accepts the Best Male Ensemble Award at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Brian Johnson, left, theater arts director of La Habra High School accepts the Best Male Ensemble Award at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Natalie Conn of Orange Lutheran High School, left, was awarded Best Female Dancer and Nikolai Taylor, right, of Laguna Hills High School was awarded Best Male Dancer at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Natalie Conn of Orange Lutheran High School, left, was awarded Best Female Dancer and Nikolai Taylor, right, of Laguna Hills High School was awarded Best Male Dancer at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Adrian Villegas of Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts reacts at being named Best Actor at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Villegas played Jekyll in “Jekyll and Hyde.” (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Adrian Villegas of Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts reacts at being named Best Actor at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Villegas played Jekyll in “Jekyll and Hyde.” (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Maggie Gidden of Orange County School of the Arts was named Best Actress at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Maggie Gidden of Orange County School of the Arts was named Best Actress at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Adrian Villegas of Huntington Beach Academy of Performing Arts sings after being named Best Actor at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Villegas played Jekyll in “Jekyll and Hyde.” (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Adrian Villegas of Huntington Beach Academy of Performing Arts sings after being named Best Actor at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. Villegas played Jekyll in “Jekyll and Hyde.” (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Maggie Gidden of Orange County School of the Arts performs alter being named Best Actress at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Maggie Gidden of Orange County School of the Arts performs alter being named Best Actress at the Spirit of MACY Awards at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Sunday May 28, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The MACY also sends two students each year to the Jimmy Awards in New York, which brings together top musical theater performers from around the country for a week of workshops and a performance on a Broadway stage. Over the past eight years, Southern California performers have won the Jimmy five times.

Adrian Villegas of Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts and Maggie Gideen of the Orange County School of the Arts were named best actor and actress at this year’s MACY Awards and will represent the MACY at the Jimmy Awards in June.

The 2017 Spirit of the MACY Award winners are:

Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo, “Shrek the Musical”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Robin Valdez

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Alexandros Ruppert, Carly Rude, Michael Ouimet, Shayla Stensby

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Alysha Highleyman

ACHIEVEMENT, Martin Perez

ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Jeremiah Jaw

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, CJ Avne, Kassidy Ordish, Salina Chin, Samantha Sedor, Savi Nasiri

BRIGHT SPOT, Brigitte Espenschied, Kaitlyn Elpedes

Anaheim High School, Anaheim, “The Little Mermaid”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Alexia Rosa, Stephanie Chavez

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Emiliano Torres

ACHIEVEMENT, Ashley Dorado, Lorenzo Belmontez, Steven Rojas, Teffanie Amador, Victoria Ahuatzi

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Fernando Calvillo

BRIGHT SPOT, Andrew Gutierrez, Jose Cuevas

Brethren Christian High School, Huntington Beach, “Jane Eyre”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Abigail Heilman, Joshua Gorrell

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Charis Sanders

ACHIEVEMENT, Ashley Thinnsen, Freddy William, Nicole Donahue, Sarah Peters

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Amber Duren, Elijah Sanders, Joelle Roque, Luke Montgomery, Spencer Hill

BRIGHT SPOT, Gabriel Sanders, Jakob Welch, Joyce Hong, Kate Johnson, Rebecca Koenig

Capistrano Valley High School, Mission Viejo, “Urinetown”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Maddy Cole, Nico Zani, Sara Neal

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Jane Huish, Jennifer Hardy, Jonathan Campisano

ACHIEVEMENT, Olivia Wolff

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Garrett Vallejo, Katherine Lubinski, Valarie Sloan

BRIGHT SPOT, Kayla Bryant, Natalie Hill, Zachary Andrus

Capistrano Valley Christian School, San Juan Capistrano, “Shrek The Musical”

STARLIGHT (show award), Darren Huntting

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Benjamin Jeltema, Carissa Huntting, Patrick O’Connor

ACHIEVEMENT, Amelia Ascroft-Franks, Faith Peponis, Nathan Castillo, Talia Knowles

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Alyssa Monji, Chloe Dingwall, Christian Harris

BRIGHT SPOT, Claire Landino, Ella Landino, Preston Ketel

Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad – “Little Shop of Horrors”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Ben Little

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Abigail Yi, Kaylen Lash, Kira Davis, Thalia Morales

ACHIEVEMENT, Brandan Rovelo, Harrison Schwartz

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Baylee Taylor, Jack Tunney

BRIGHT SPOT, Breanna Lehman, Michaela Edgin

Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

THE SPIRIT OF THE MACY (show award), Monica Hall

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Abigail Yi, Alexis Dytko, Ben Little, Carter Knight, Sophia Marks

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Brandon Blackman, Breanna Lehman, Rob Forward, Thalia Morales

ACHIEVEMENT, Brandon Rovelo, Harrison Schwartz

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Matt Gonzalez, Nolan Palm

BRIGHT SPOT, Brynn Wightman, Maya Alexander

Corona del Mar High School, Newport Beach, “Into the Woods”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Annika Quist, Blake Weise, Makena Harper, Violette Remington

ACHIEVEMENT, Andres Delgado, Crystal Hernandez, Joshua Flores, Kiki Sawan, Matthew Beyrooty

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Brittany Weinstock, Maxwell Remington, Xeno Muller

BRIGHT SPOT, Phoebe Alva

Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa, “Beauty and the Beast”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Esperanza Hart

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Caitlyn Room, Dario Askari, Katie Bordelon, Shawn Conrad

ACHIEVEMENT, Isabella Coyle, Jacob Jones, Liam Cavanaugh, Sebastian Sosa

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Nova Wood

BRIGHT SPOT, Brooklyn Soto, Cian Eckman, Isabella Holden, Milady Rojas, Santiago Hart

Dana Hills High School, Dana Point, “The Sound of Music”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Kate Simpson

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Dylan Avillanoza, Jeremy Ingraham, Kaitlin Wright

ACHIEVEMENT, Clay Walker, Libbie Louis, Maeve Wilson, Parker Keeley, Taylor Evans

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Amy Valencia, Maya Hahn, Nicola Wilson

BRIGHT SPOT, Jacob Harkey

Diamond Bar High School, Diamond Bar, “In the Heights”

TEATRO DEL ARTE (show award), Beatrice Casagran

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Amanda Revilla, Ariana Gonzalez, Chloe Reyes, Jaden Campbell, Riley Mawhorter

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Kelly Liu

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Amelia Anijielo, Daniel Durkee, Mary Thomas, Nicholas Azurin, Pilar Alcazar

ACHIEVEMENT, Matthew Lee, Niamh Velosa

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Julianna King

El Dorado High School, Placentia, “The Little Mermaid”

BEST STUDENT COSTUME DESIGN, Kathleen Switzer

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Camryn Burns, Katarina Blagojevic

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), McKayla McCune

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Alex Avilla

ACHIEVEMENT, Hannah Oertwig, Kyle Colby, Lee Hurst, Sam Pietenpol

ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Siobhan Sahadat

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Aimee Asch, Jason Gonzales, Jay Lawrence

BRIGHT SPOT, Abby Klausmier, Ashley Jones, Carissa Hamann, Julia Chau, Kristin Shim, Lia Mimun, McKayla McCune

El Rancho High School, Pico Rivera, “Little Me”

THE SPIRIT OF THE MACY (show award), Stan Wlasick

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Ethan Sepulveda, Olivia Ball, Xcaret Estrada

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Ivy Castillo

ACHIEVEMENT, Erik Cortez, Ernesto Castro, Jose Acala, Rodrigo Aguilar

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Jaime Lugo, Linette Valenzuela

BRIGHT SPOT, Brando Williams, Sophia Flores

Estancia High School, Costa Mesa “Godspell”

BEST ENSEMBLE, Pauline Maranian

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Kayla Mercure

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Brianne Cooke

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Amber Marroquin, Angel Trujillo, Brian Martinez, Brianne Cooke, Claire Leenerts, Dion Howard, Esmeralda Martinez, Hannah Smith, Hannah Thurnstrom, Hayley Hopp, Julia Paluch, Julie Makley, Michelle Herrera, Spencer Cowan, Sydney Corrigan

Fullerton Union High School, Fullerton “Kiss Me Kate”

MUSICAL RHAPSODY (show award), Michael Despars

BEST MALE VOCAL, Josiah Haugen

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Alex Gotch, Janine Lutfi, Josiah Haugen

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Fifi Rodriquez

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Ana Bane, Daniel Chaderjian, Michael Laverde

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Joefferry Wenderlich

ACHIEVEMENT, Cody Zeigler, Desmond Roberts, Emma Kremer, Samuel Derro, Tate Heinle

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Adam Ritter, Allison Jeu, Cobe Romero

Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, Huntington Beach “Jekyll and Hyde”

THE MACY (show award), Tim Nelson

THE SPIRIT OF THE MACY (show award), Tim Nelson

BEST ACTOR, Adrian Villegas

BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS, Allison Bossart

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Adam Blanchard, Adrian Villegas, Allison Bossart, Autumn Thelander, Marcus Veyette, Victoria Romero

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Austin Schulte, Kat Lewis, Sophia Courtemarche

ACHIEVEMENT, Dorothea Seibert von Fock, Patrick McCormick, Will Boyer-Montgomery

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Damon Williams, Lukas Tolly, Sam Melvin

BRIGHT SPOT, Ben Ransom, Darla Jacobs, Elizabeth Hearn, Mackenzie Jones, Malia Merrill, Matthew Rangel

Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, Huntington Beach “The Producers”

THE SPIRIT OF THE MACY (show award), Tim Nelson

BEST COMEDIAN, Coleton Ray

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Adam Blanchard, Adrian Villegas, Allison Bossart, Austin Schulte, Coleton Ray, Marcus Veyette

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Sam Melvin

ACHIEVEMENT, Annalise Fox

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Blake Laszlo, Calvin Procker, Kai Arroyo

BRIGHT SPOT, Autumn Thelander, Malia Merrill

Irvine High School, Irvine “Cinderella”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Grace Simmons, Ryan Lee

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Evelyn Pham, Jake Akita, Kayleigh Sherman, Mathew Telles, Sarah Heil

ACHIEVEMENT, Colin Rinard, Megan Brown

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Candace Sarangay, Grace Smith

BRIGHT SPOT, Gabriella Alvarado, Haley Ainsworth, Kate Koeckritz

JSerra Catholic High School, San Juan Capistrano, “Beauty and the Beast”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Nini Guerry

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Cassidy Wendell, Griffin Howard

ACHIEVEMENT, Hailey Zehren, Isabelle Pichler, Jack Devenny, Todd Mortenson, Trevor Keenan

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, John Kheriaty

BRIGHT SPOT, Didrik Thordarson, Jacob Shreiber, Megan Kelley, Natalie Barrios, Nicholas Hendrick

La Habra High School, La Habra, “Guys and Dolls”

SPOTLIGHT (show award), Brian Johnson

BEST MALE ENSEMBLE, Brian Johnson

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Isabela Wouters, Josh Bates, Zach Fogel

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Gabriel Taylor, Justine Sombilon, Michael Reehl, Nathan Schultz, Ron Gutterman

ACHIEVEMENT, Paul Smith, Wyatt Logan

BRIGHT SPOT, Abby Oxley, Hannah Rhode, Jake Rhode, Michael Lars

La Habra High School, La Habra, “Peter Pan”

MAGICAL JOURNEY (show award), Brian Johnson

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Mercy Thornton, Michael Reehl, Wyatt Logan

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Isabella Wouters, Samantha Hollar

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Atalia Zahrndt, Jessica Lopez

BRIGHT SPOT, Gabriel Taylor, Hannah Mendoza, Hannah Rhode, Joah Bates, Justine Sombilon, Katie Ludlam, Ron Gutterman, Silas Ten Elshof

Laguna Beach High School, Laguna Beach, “Cinderella”

LIMELIGHT AWARD (show award), Paul Nygro

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Ellie Glade, Wyatt Shipp

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Michelle Percival

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Ava Pacheco, Bayley Thomas, Hunter Mills, Seryne Aryeh, Vivian Gould

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Kate Palino

ACHIEVEMENT, Carmen Fernandez, Jordan Burton

BRIGHT SPOT, Haley Conley, Malin Glade, Rylee Bullington

Laguna Hills High School, Laguna Hills, “Little Women”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Sabrina Astle

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Julie Reames, Linsey Schreck, Natalie Teuton, Sophie Martin

ACHIEVEMENT, Dean Smith, Luke Morris, Nick Steffenhagen, Nikolai Taylor

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Maggie Belfield

BRIGHT SPOT, Kaila Adams, Sophie Frayne

Laguna Hills High School, Laguna Hills, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

THE SPIRIT OF THE MACY (show award), Susan Lord

BEST DANCER MALE, Nikolai Taylor

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, Eli Buckels

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Eli Buckels, Julie Reames, Linsey Schreck, Nikolai Taylor, Sophie Martin

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Daniele Kelly

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Justin Lobaton

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Cayley Busenkell, Vee Woldridge

ACHIEVEMENT, Matthew Shamas, Morgan Hall, Noah Estling, Peyton Goings

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Hailey Rogers, Nick Steffenhagen, Sean Smith

BRIGHT SPOT, Natalie Teuton

Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, “Guys and Dolls”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Rylee Burchett

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Christian D’Alessandro, Connor Franzen, Danny Bird, Melanie Tanaka, Micaela Erickson

ACHIEVEMENT, Kayhan Bakian, Louis Cogan

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Cambryelle Getter, Cole Scheider, Kaitlyn Sugihara, Owen Marubayashi

Marina High School, Huntington Beach, “Hairspray”

TEATRO DEL EXTRAORDINAIRE (show award), Eric Graham

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP DESIGN, Eric Graham

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Sarah Bielicki

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Cole Temple, Isabella Saporito, Matheus Noguiera, Sarah Bielicki, Tessa Wilson

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Bradley Miller, Cole La Brake, Emily Ashcraft, Michael Kriesel

ACHIEVEMENT, Valentina Riffel

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Gabrielle Guerrero, Jeannie Skidmore, Robin White, Sophia Flores

BRIGHT SPOT, Jacob Kurihara, Quinn Ragan, Sarah Foutz

Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, “Into the Woods”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Alden Hodgdon, Cassidy Sledge, Courtney Hays, McCallister Selva

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Keely Gaeta, Natalie Wojtaszek, Nick Van Dalsem

ACHIEVEMENT, Steph Lee, Vicente Saintignon

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Aidan Mulholland, Chris Rodrigues, Grace Whitley

BRIGHT SPOT, Andrew Estrada, Lucy O’Hara

Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

CLASSIC MASTERPIECE (show award), Scott Melvin

BEST VOCAL FEMALE, Cassidy Sledge

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Cassidy Sledge, Courtney Hays, Harrison Patri, McCallister Selva

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Annie Flati, Chris Rodrigues, Dyllan Le, Steph Lee

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Alex McIntosh, Carelyn Price, Cat Silvey, Coung Le, Courtney Fiduccia, Elizabeth O’Toole, Jonathan Huynh, Kat Delaney, Lauren Sundine, Vicente Saintignon, Vincent Luu

BRIGHT SPOT, Madeline Frank

Mission Viejo High School, Mission Viejo, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

THE SPIRIT OF THE MACY (show award), Kathy Harris

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Ben Sellers, Bree Ben-Joseph, Kayla Morgan

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Hope Spires, Mary Desmond, Ryan Livesay

ACHIEVEMENT, Jeff Baker, Katir Agrela, Parker Christian

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Cali Ben-Joseph

BRIGHT SPOT, Brady Phillips, Joey Perez, Rachel Heurlin, Sofia Migliaccio

Mission Viejo High School, Mission Viejo, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Charlie Massey, Emily Boyer, Sarah Smith

ACHIEVEMENT, Baxter Bartlett, Carson Roman, Ethan Cox

BRIGHT SPOT, Adnan Maksoud, Brigit Colwell, Jenna Bowman, Maddy Watts, Rachel Golkin, Sandy Gearges

Newport Harbor High School, Newport Beach, “Legally Blonde”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Keishaun Burroughs

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Alina Aquirre, Jillian Brazelton

ACHIEVEMENT, Rebecca Bailey, William Haden

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Lilly McCarthy

BRIGHT SPOT, Diego Rivera, Nate Hall, Samantha Nowak

Northwood High School, Irvine, “Shrek the Musical”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Katherine Paladichuk

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Janay Sukkarieh

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Calvin Calilung, Vonnie Wei, William Chinn

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Hazar Eldick, Khai Hoang

ACHIEVEMENT, Ian Gibson

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Akash Seramreddi, Caroline Candy, Colleen Moore, Joy Lee, Kairey Wang, Kaylie Jacobs, Lincoln Cameron, Skylar Wilk

Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, “Footloose”

THE SPIRIT OF THE MACY (show award), Jeff Paul

BEST ACTRESS, Maggie Gidden

BEST ORCHESTRA, Jeff Paul

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Ceci Balagot, Kian Morehead, Mack Hubbard, Maggie Gidden, Owen Jeeves

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Emily Baggarly, Logan Gould, Mikayla Thrasher, Sammy Gayer

ACHIEVEMENT, Bianca Turner, Jake Meyerson

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Brandon Calderon, Joey Sable, Kolton Heskett, Nathan Burke, Riley Dunn, Shane Norys

BRIGHT SPOT, Alyssa Carol, Callie Bixby, Matthew Kontour, Oliver Schumacher, Sheindl Spitzer-Tilchin

Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, “Guys and Dolls”

THEATRICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD (show award), Karen Rymar

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY, Karen Rymar

BEST COMEDIENNE, McKenna Wells

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Jared Machado, Makeala Zeran, McKenna Wells, RJ Higton, Zachary Balagot

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Esme Burrows

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Carly Perez, Christian Cantrell

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Blake Huntley, Carissa Dahlia

ACHIEVEMENT, Ethan Clayton, Seena Poormehr

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Alexa Kushner, Nathan Figueroa, Nathan Levy

BRIGHT SPOT, Barrett Figueroa, Brooke Steuckrath, Joey Sable

Orange Lutheran High School, Orange, “Anything Goes”

SPECTACULAR EPIC (show award), Chelsey Everhart

BEST DANCER FEMALE, Natalie Conn

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Brayden Martino, Jacob Kent, Linsey Urrea

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Amanda Dayhoff, Bree Moreno, Charlie Battaglia, JayLee McClain, Matt Hutnyan

ACHIEVEMENT, Kyle Hill

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Carson Inouye, Eliana Maietta, Jacob McRee, Mandy Nelson, Natalie Conn, Nick Abuzalaf, Nick Wise

BRIGHT SPOT, Manny Gonzalez, Mia Battaglia, Raymond Vasquez, Vincent Xu

Orange Lutheran High School, Orange, “Beauty and the Beast”

CURTAIN RISER (show award), Chelsey Everhart

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Alexis Sawyer, Amanda Dayhoff, Brayden Martino, Charlie Battaglia, Matt Hutnyan

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Bree Moreno, Carson Inouye, Gavin Burke, Jacob Kent

ACHIEVEMENT, Anysa Wilson, RJ Pullen

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Karli Wise, Katrina Reta, Linsey Urrea, Sam Hood

BRIGHT SPOT, Kate Pullen, Kyle Hill, Mackenna Borba, Mia Battaglia

Pacifica High School, Garden Grove, “Once Upon a Mattress”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Peyton Hill

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Evan DeCock, Kayla Wandelt

ACHIEVEMENT, Andrew Case, Megan McCall, Sophia Barajas

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Kalissa Bair, Minjae Matt Kim, Sean McDowell, Tressa Bair

BRIGHT SPOT, Samantha Kingsfield

Rancho Buena Vista High School, Vista, “Curtains”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Brooke Eyler, Jake Bradford

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Chloe Schott, Emma Wooley, Mikayla Elliott, Sierra Tsementzis

ACHIEVEMENT, Emmett Morrow

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Harrison Smith, Zachary Allies-Hershey

BRIGHT SPOT, Gabby LeBaron

San Clemente High School, San Clemente, “Into the Woods”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Cassidy McCleary, Sophia Didier, Tamara Armstrong

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Delaney Marchant, William Brown

ACHIEVEMENT, Carlie McCleary, James Ustick, Justin McCoy

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Adam Bell, Ryley Steel

BRIGHT SPOT, Braxton McGrath, Lainey Reyland, Lucas Harper

San Clemente High School, San Clemente, “Mary Poppins”

THE SPIRIT OF THE MACY (show award), Laurie Mason

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Cassidy McCleary, Delaney Marchant, Jack Katke, Tamara Armstrong

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Shea Donnelly

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Carlie McCleary, Lainey Reyland, Maggie Anderson, Zach Thomas

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Maya Howe

ACHIEVEMENT, Justin McCoy, Kyra Kuhn, Sophia Didier

ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Annie Reyland

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Brooke Davis, Lucas Harper

BRIGHT SPOT, Erin Reyland, James Ustick III, Taylor Mason, Viviana Moiso

San Juan Hills High School, San Juan Capistrano, “Fiddler on the Roof”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Charlie Lindberg

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Charlie Lindberg, Julia Gordon

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Anna Moneymaker, Hailey dePoto, Jaymes Macabale

ACHIEVEMENT, Jenna Husli, Katherine Singer, Zain Faruqi

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Audrey Schreiner, Calista Henson

BRIGHT SPOT, Edward Kemp, Noah Salviati

San Juan Hills High School, San Juan Capistrano, “Into the Woods”

BEST STUDENT SET DESIGN, Cambria Beilstein

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Calla Chung, Charlie Lindberg

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Brent Arciniega, Celina Gigliello, Mariana Barrera

ACHIEVEMENT, Delaney Puthuff

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Adam Wright, Jacqueline Brooks, Jenna Husli, Zain Faruqi

BRIGHT SPOT, Amanda Rooker, Anam Faruqi, Anna Moneymaker, Hailey dePorto, Jaymes Macabale, Noah Salviati

Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana, “The Addams Family”

BEST CHORUS, Terry Schwinge

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Bryan Reyes

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Delmis Rubio, Jazmin Alvarenga, Samantha Sanchez

ACHIEVEMENT, Carlos Ochoa, Joshua Juarez, Leslie Barron

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Leo Ortiz

BRIGHT SPOT, Adriana Casteneda, Dylan Gardener, Irma Silva, Isiah Benitez

Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Rancho Santa Margarita, “Fiddler on the Roof”

LITERATURE BROUGHT TO LIFE (show award), Amy Luskey-Barth

BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR, Dylan Field

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Alec Melosini, Devon Hunt, Dylan Field, Sabrina Boyd

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), K C King

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Andrew Senkowski, Hannah Baker, Hannah Loessberg, Katie Flores, Lauren McNair

ACHIEVEMENT, Eric Renna, John Grayson, Louise Griffin

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Drew Schlingman, Elyse Angel, Emma Polonsky, Ethan Leahy, Griffin Webb

BRIGHT SPOT, Honor Clarkin, Miranda Zakhar

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano, “Children of Eden”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Blake Stevenson, Daisy Sellas, Katherine Parrish, Tyler Ashman

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Anneka Miller, Bryce Victor, Garrett Higgins

ACHIEVEMENT, Jaden Cloobeck

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Jack Westhead, Jacob Kuljis, Katherine Sele, Nathan Soto, Tyler Jones

BRIGHT SPOT, Alden Copps, Casey Healy, Lulu Arundale, Michaela Xu, Mitra Alikhani, Rylan Rodrigues-Zahn, Tyler Genevay

Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton, “The Addams Family”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Sydney Highter

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Joseph Hanson, Maddy Githens, O. Fiona Pratt-MacDonald

ACHIEVEMENT, Josh Acosta, Marcus Reveles, Zoe Thomson

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Daniel Park, Jake Cirrit

BRIGHT SPOT, Anais Lino, Angelica Song, April Brown, Helena Hallstrom, Kassidy Hughes, Lauren Gerdetz

Temecula Preparatory School, Winchester, “Bonnie and Clyde”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Carissa Eagan, Meredith Bell, Ridge Wyatt

ACHIEVEMENT, Joseph Hardin, Samuel Sorenson, Tony Arambula

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Addyson Mansperger, BreeAnna Adner, Priya Mapleton, Taylor Kuriakos

BRIGHT SPOT, Saul Esqueda

Temecula Preparatory School, Winchester, “Tarzan”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Anthony Arambula, Katelyn Walsh, Saul Esqueda

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Samuel Sorenson

ACHIEVEMENT, Samantha McDonald

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Aidan Heslin, Riley Waterman

BRIGHT SPOT, Breeanna Adner, Joseph Hardin, Priya Mapleton

Temecula Valley High School, Temecula, “Godspell”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Allyson Park, Emily Ramos, Grace Guy, Stephanie O’Connor

ACHIEVEMENT, Katelyn Downs, Madie White, Saraya Danielson, Solona Husband

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Christine Davis, Gaby Wade, Maggie Rubin

Tesoro High School, Las Flores, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

THE SPIRIT OF THE MACY (show award), Cheryl Des Palmes

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Alexander Trevisan, Eve DeVault, Matt Davies-Morris, Megan Kerrigan, Michal Bogucki

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Britain Hope, Carson Preusse, Chelsea McCormick, Eliza Schmidtt, Julia Pacific, Michael Kline, Nick Garabedian

ACHIEVEMENT, Tristan Zadravecz

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Jason Swanson

Trabuco Hills High School, Mission Viejo, “Once Upon a Mattress”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Ethan Haden, Olivia Quail

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Brianna Beller, Gabby Schoen, Jordan Murillo

ACHIEVEMENT, Jon Bristol, Scott Rydelski, TJ Lynn

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Jayde Mora

BRIGHT SPOT, Breanna O’Neill, Cappie Asato, Diego Ruiz, Laney Heien

Tri-School Theatre, Anaheim, “Bye Bye Birdie”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Ezra Tafua, Hayley Johnson, Sierra Warner

ACHIEVEMENT, Andy Van Driesen, Erik Mercado, Isabella Rivera, Joanna Juarez, Molly Renze

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Alec Mercado, Allison Perea, Jillian Sarni, Maria Braatz

BRIGHT SPOT, Pierce Denning, Sydney Lagman

University High School, Irvine, “The Addams Family”

THE SPIRIT OF THE MACY (show award), Renae Bettger

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Corinne Alsop, Dalton Nguyen, Ellena Eshrafhi, Sarika Mande, Shaden Ahadi

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Ana Fujimoto, Mitchell Rogers

ACHIEVEMENT, Benjamin Sui, Franklin Duffy, Rose Koo

ACHIEVEMENT (technical theater), Darrius Estigoy, Lauren Bee

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Erik Diaz, Kerri Pelekoudas

BRIGHT SPOT, Benjamin Gomez, Christie Sung, Isaac Kopstein, Julia Cheng

Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, “Footloose”

BEST SMALL ORCHESTRA COMBO, Cory Finch

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Dylan Wager, Raquel Deporto

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Cassidy Finch, Colin Acda, Jacob Rivera, Kailey Bosna

ACHIEVEMENT, Annabella Cusimano

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Gavin Martin

BRIGHT SPOT, Caleb Batchman, Kiara Harris, Natalie Calderon, Patrick Calderon, Robin Frieberg

Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, “Into the Woods Jr.”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Cassidy Finch, Dani Arribere, Jacob Rivera, Kailey Bosna, Natalie Calderon

ACHIEVEMENT, AnnaBella Cusimano, Gavin Martin, Jack Hutchens

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Erin LaMay

BRIGHT SPOT, Andi Moring, Caleb Batchman, Geoffrey Geoghegan, Raquel Deporto, Sarah Bennett

Whittier Christian High School, La Habra, “Godspell”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Alli Gainer, Samantha Gainer, Torri Estrada

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Aimee Ordaz, Ashlynn Hernandez, Megan Kovats, Ryan Long

ACHIEVEMENT, Evanne Subia

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Kaitlyn Wallace

BRIGHT SPOT, Alex Paepke

Whittier Christian High School, La Habra, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Ryan Long, Torri Estrada

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Elisabeth Rangel, Trevor Gray

ACHIEVEMENT, Evanne Subia, Kaitlyn Wallace

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Fiona Liu, Regan Vombaur, Tony Wu

BRIGHT SPOT, Ashlynn Hernandez, Faith Grant, Grace Grant, Katrina Stump, Zoe Poulis

Yorba Linda High School, Yorba Linda, “9 to 5”

COMEDIA DEL ARTE (show award), Cathy Petz

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT, Caleb Huston, Carlie Pitcher, Julia Massey, Kaitlyn Kraack

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, Ian Dembek, Macy Warner

SPECIAL RECOGNITION, Claire Marshall, Daniel Pietenpol, Rose Pell

BRIGHT SPOT, Madison Fung

 

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Artists of the Week: PSYO concerto competition winners

  • Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition winners Phil Chen, concertmaster, and Alison Huh, principal flutist, will perform during the PSYO’s final concert of the season on Sunday, May 21 at the Segerstrom Concert Hall. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition winners Phil Chen, concertmaster, and Alison Huh, principal flutist, will perform during the PSYO’s final concert of the season on Sunday, May 21 at the Segerstrom Concert Hall. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Alison Huh has an easy smile. The principal flutist for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra is led by Roger Kalia, asst. conductor, during rehearsal at UCI. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Alison Huh has an easy smile. The principal flutist for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra is led by Roger Kalia, asst. conductor, during rehearsal at UCI. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Alison Huh, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra principal flutist, also performs in a jazz band, marching band, pit orchestra, choir and an a capella group named the Unaccompanied Minors. She is led by Roger Kalia, asst. conductor, during rehearsal at UCI. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Alison Huh, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra principal flutist, also performs in a jazz band, marching band, pit orchestra, choir and an a capella group named the Unaccompanied Minors. She is led by Roger Kalia, asst. conductor, during rehearsal at UCI. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Alison Huh, center, is the principal flutist for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Fellow Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition winner Phil Chen, right, looks on as the group is led by Roger Kalia, asst. conductor. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Alison Huh, center, is the principal flutist for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Fellow Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition winner Phil Chen, right, looks on as the group is led by Roger Kalia, asst. conductor. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Alison Huh will open the concert with Charles Griffes’ Poem. The principal flutist for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra is led by Roger Kalia, assistant conductor, during rehearsal at UCI. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Alison Huh will open the concert with Charles Griffes’ Poem. The principal flutist for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra is led by Roger Kalia, assistant conductor, during rehearsal at UCI. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Alison Huh is introduced in glowing terms during rehearsal at UCI. The Northwood High School junior is the principal flutist for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Alison Huh is introduced in glowing terms during rehearsal at UCI. The Northwood High School junior is the principal flutist for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Phil Chen, a University High School junior, is an accomplished violinist who also loves soccer, math, science and rock climbing. He is led by the orchestra’s music director Roger Kalia during Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearsal at UCI. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Phil Chen, a University High School junior, is an accomplished violinist who also loves soccer, math, science and rock climbing. He is led by the orchestra’s music director Roger Kalia during Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearsal at UCI. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra’s music director Roger Kalia leads the group and violinist Phil Chen, a University High School junior. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra’s music director Roger Kalia leads the group and violinist Phil Chen, a University High School junior. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Asst. Conductor Roger Kalia leads the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra during rehearsal at UCI. Violinist Phil Chen, center, will be featured in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The May 21st PSYO’s season finale will be held at the RenŽe and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Asst. Conductor Roger Kalia leads the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra during rehearsal at UCI. Violinist Phil Chen, center, will be featured in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The May 21st PSYO’s season finale will be held at the RenŽe and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition winners Phil Chen, concertmaster, and Alison Huh, principal flutist, will perform during the PSYO’s final concert of the season on Sunday, May 21 at the Segerstrom Concert Hall. They rehearse at UCI. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition winners Phil Chen, concertmaster, and Alison Huh, principal flutist, will perform during the PSYO’s final concert of the season on Sunday, May 21 at the Segerstrom Concert Hall. They rehearse at UCI. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra concertmaster Phil Chen and principal flute Alison Huh, winners of the orchestra’s annual concerto competition, will perform with the orchestra Sunday, May 21, during its final concert of the season.

In addition to the orchestra’s performance of the Allegro maestoso from Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Chen will perform the Allegro moderato from Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Huh will be featured in Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ “Poem, for Flute and Orchestra.”

Name:
 Phil Chen

School:
 University High School

Grade: 11

Hometown: Irvine

Instruments you play: violin, piano

Tell us about your upcoming performance as a winner of the concerto competition. I could not be more excited to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with orchestra. This is one of the first pieces of music I ever listened to and is definitely a big reason why I began to play violin.

How did you get involved in music? When I was 5, a few of my older friends were playing piano, and I begged my parents for piano lessons so I could be like my friends. I later switched to violin and haven’t looked back since then.

What is your favorite piece of music? Who is your favorite composer of all time and why? The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto has been my favorite piece since I began playing violin. Picking a single favorite composer would be too difficult, but a few of my favorite artists include Maxim Vengerov, Hilary Hahn, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Who have been your influences? Did you have a mentor in your development as an artist/performer? If so, how did they help you? Dr. Iryna Krechkovsky, my current teacher, has been an amazing mentor and has inspired me to become a better musician. Maestro Roger Kalia, music director of the PSYO, has made a tremendous impact on my interpretation of music, and my experiences with him have taught me almost everything I know about orchestral musicianship.

What inspires you? Silence. Because my life is generally filled with noise, I treasure moments of silence – periods when my mind is more free because it does not need to process any sound. During these times of silence, my mind can wander without distraction, or focus without interruption.

The next challenge I want to take on is … performing one of Paganini’s violin caprices, which are a set of notoriously difficult works for solo violin. I have learned many of the caprices, but never performed any of them in concerts. Outside of music, I’d like to run a marathon next year.

Other than music, are you involved in any other activities? If yes, what are they? I enjoy rock climbing, running, and biking in my free time. I also participate in my school’s science olympiad and science bowl teams, and was invited to join the US Physics Team this year.

How do the arts figure in to your long-term goals? I am still unsure about the details, but I know that regardless of what career path I take, music will always be a big part of my life. Whether I major in music or not, I will always try to play in an orchestra and a chamber ensemble.

What is the best advice you have received? “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

I hope my legacy as an artist will be … to have inspired others, just as I was inspired by other musicians to learn this amazing art form.


Name:
 Alison Huh

School:
 Northwood High School

Grade: 11

Hometown: Irvine

Instruments you play: flute, piccolo, tuba

Tell us about your upcoming performance as a winner of the concerto competition. The piece I decided to perform for this performance, “Poem, for Flute and Orchestra,” is significant to me as a first-time soloist since it provides such a large contrast (in style) compared to the typical flute concertos that most soloists would pick, such as Mozart. Instead, it brings the spotlight to the more contemporary genres of orchestral music, which I feel often go unnoticed.

How did you get involved in music? Music has been a large part of my life from when I was little, starting with piano lessons when I was 4 years old. When I was 8, I heard a family member play the flute, and I instantly fell in love with the instrument. At the time I was hoping to learn another instrument alongside piano, and it just happened to be the first interesting instrument that I saw that wasn’t a violin. However, I did not take the flute very seriously until I entered high school and realized the endless opportunities that can come from it.

What is your favorite piece of music? Who is your favorite composer of all time and why? My favorite piece of music would have to be Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” not only because it has one of my favorite flute solos of all time, but it has a whimsical character that just allows you to escape the real world for 10 minutes of tranquility. My favorite composer would have to be a tie between John Williams and Justin Hurwitz. The two have such contrasting styles, with Williams creating majestic, powerful lines, whereas Hurwitz develops a sense of feel-good nostalgia through his melodies. Regardless, I can listen to both composers’ works endlessly.

Who have been your influences? Did you have a mentor in your development as an artist/performer? If so, how did they help you? The person I admire the most as an influencer and mentor would have to be my school’s vocal coach/choir pianist, Ms. Keiko Halop. As a musician, despite not being a flautist herself, her keen eyes and ears have continuously helped me improve in technique and phrasing, but her musical aid is nowhere near finished there. She helps bring out a creative aspect to all music that I perform whether it is vocal or instrumental, bringing music back to the heart of what it truly is: art. We often get caught up striving for perfection, and Ms. Keiko’s advice prevents the discipline from reaching an apathetic, mechanical nature. However, aside from music, she acts like a second mother, caregiver and friend, all wrapped into one, showing the utmost concern and care for issues outside of music, such as social and academic issues, taking time out of her personal life to help me and come up with feasible solutions while continuously supporting me.

What inspires you? What inspires me most would have to be the musicians that I am surrounded by in my daily life, particularly my senior friends that are going off to college to pursue music in some form. Despite the wide range of musical experience that my friends have, they all share a common, insatiable desire to constantly practice, improve and excel in their musical endeavors. They drive me to continuously work and hone my musicianship so I can someday thrive in the music world, performing and working alongside such diligent, passionate peers.

The next challenge I want to take on is … college auditions in the coming fall!

Other than music, are you involved in any other activities? If yes, what are they? Most of my extracurricular activities revolve around music. However, I do not limit myself to classical performance. I enjoy participating in my school’s jazz band, marching band, choir and a capella group. Additionally, I have recently taken interest in graphic design, utilizing it to help design graphics for clubs that I take part in, whether it is on group shirts or publicity materials.

How do the arts figure in to your long-term goals? At this point, my future remains ambiguous, however I hope to keep music as a significant aspect of my life forever. Whether if it is as a professional flautist, conductor, teacher or maybe even in a non-musical field, I want to make sure that my deep musical passion continues on much past high school and college.

What is the best advice you have received? The best advice I have received by far would have to be from Ms. Halop, which was to go into every performance with the utmost focus on performing for yourself and your enjoyment, not worrying about the opinions of others. That advice, although much easier said than done, has been applicable to everything ranging from musical performance to academic performance, and it has helped me change my mindset on everything I do to be towards trusting my own abilities and raising my confidence.

I hope my legacy as an artist will be … I hope to be an artist that can someday inspire and convince those around me that one’s success is not based on quantitative qualities. Too often do people believe that someone is “better” than them solely due to the number of years they played an instrument or how many awards they won from a young age. While these factors may put some at an advantage, I want people to acknowledge how in the grand scheme of life, relentless passion and drive to improve can bring one to greatness and beyond regardless of their beginning conditions.

CONTACT VARSITY ARTS: 714-796-2258 or varsityarts@ocregister.com

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Laguna Beach dance students turn poetry into motion

  • Ryane Zipstein is one of two students at Laguna Beach High School who wrote a spoken word poem for the Laguna Beach Education Foundation. Since then, the dance department has choreographed some movement sequences to it and because they were so moved, the piece will be included in their Spring dance concert on April 28 and 29. in Laguna Beach, CA on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Ryane Zipstein is one of two students at Laguna Beach High School who wrote a spoken word poem for the Laguna Beach Education Foundation. Since then, the dance department has choreographed some movement sequences to it and because they were so moved, the piece will be included in their Spring dance concert on April 28 and 29. in Laguna Beach, CA on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Dancers with the Laguna Beach High School dance department perform to a spoken-word poem by students Ryane Zipstein and Bayley Thomas. in Laguna Beach, CA on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Dancers with the Laguna Beach High School dance department perform to a spoken-word poem by students Ryane Zipstein and Bayley Thomas. in Laguna Beach, CA on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Dancers with the Laguna Beach High School dance department perform during a spoken word poem by students Ryane Zipstein and Bayley Thomas. in Laguna Beach, CA on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Dancers with the Laguna Beach High School dance department perform during a spoken word poem by students Ryane Zipstein and Bayley Thomas. in Laguna Beach, CA on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Dancers typically begin a sequence of movement by counting 5-6-7-8 to mark the tempo and phrase of the music, but what if there was no music? What if the familiar rhythm and melody of a song were replaced instead by spoken words?

For the beginning/intermediate Dance 1 class at Laguna Beach High School, these questions were answered as the dancers prepared movement to accompany a student-written poem.

“It was a bit daunting because in order to dance with a poem, we sort of had to forget what we know about dance when it comes to keeping in time with the music,” said sophomore Gabriela de Moraes. “There are moments when the choreography matches up with specific words, but for the most part we have to create our own flow and tempo.”

The poem, written by seniors Bayley Thomas and Ryane Zipstein, was originally composed to help the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s SchoolPower foundation raise money for new staff positions that will focus on supporting students’ emotional and mental well-being. The text of the poem was meant to attract donors as it illustrates the stress, anxiety and more serious mental health issues that students experience.

Zipstein, who also performed the poem, explained her view on this need for support.

“I know being a student doesn’t sound like the most stressful situation in the world, but at this point in our lives, the stress is the most we’ve ever handled. I think about the ratio of pressure to our age, and sometimes we’re not equipped,” said Zipstein. “The angsty teen stereotype is really prevalent, but I don’t think that makes it any less serious.”

Thomas and Zipstein’s spoken word was used in a video that was screened at SchoolPower’s 32nd annual Dinner Dance on February 11 and helped generate more than $158,000 in donations for the Student Well-Being Initiative.

Because the poem was so well-received, Thomas and Zipstein’s drama director passed the original version of it on to dance director Estee Carrizosa, who was looking for opportunities to collaborate with students of other arts disciplines.

The 15 dancers in the piece dissected the poem stanza by stanza and created movement based on the emotions of the text. The resulting piece, “Resilience + Perseverance = Grit,” was presented at the school’s spring dance concert at the end of April.

Sophomore dance student Katie Palino said she was excited to try dancing to words instead of music.

“I think our dance brings the words alive and gives it this in-depth feeling so you feel the sadness or the anger even more.”

Zipstein agreed with Palino, saying that dance “fills in the gaps” that poetry creates.

“I think of dance as being on the other side of the spectrum from poetry,” she said. “It’s that contrast between mind and body. What you see and what you hear.”

Between the poem and the choreography, “Resilience + Perseverance = Grit” ended up being an entirely student-created piece. This made the final product even more symbolic of the theme, the students said, because it offered an honest look at the struggles felt by a student.

“People are fascinated by seeing through the eyes of another perspective,” said Thomas. “I think it promotes the idea that people should consider other points of view when navigating through life.”

Thomas described the collaboration as “explaining a simple struggle in an elegant, complex way.”

“As someone deeply blessed to live in an area like Laguna, I can really appreciate art that allows the audience to depart from everyday life and experience extraordinary emotion,” Thomas said. “I feel honored to be a part of the dance show.”

CONTACT VARSITY ARTS: 714-796-2258 or varsityarts@ocregister.com

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Newport Mesa Unified holds senior art show at Gray Matter Museum

  • People view student work on display at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    People view student work on display at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Works of art from Newport-Mesa USD seniors hangs on the wall at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Works of art from Newport-Mesa USD seniors hangs on the wall at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Work by Kaitlin Evans on display at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District show at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Work by Kaitlin Evans on display at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District show at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Work by Chelsea Pero on display at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District show at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Work by Chelsea Pero on display at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District show at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Ceramic artwork by Fatima Santiago at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Ceramic artwork by Fatima Santiago at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Senior student artwork on display as a part of Newport-Mesa USD’s show at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Senior student artwork on display as a part of Newport-Mesa USD’s show at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • People take photos of artwork made by Newport-Mesa Unified School District seniors during a district art show at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    People take photos of artwork made by Newport-Mesa Unified School District seniors during a district art show at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Michael Farris’ contribution to the Newport-Mesa USD Senior art show at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Michael Farris’ contribution to the Newport-Mesa USD Senior art show at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Works of art from Newport-Mesa USD seniors hangs on the wall at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. Each year the school district showcases senior artwork at the gallery, giving student artists a chance to see their work in a gallery setting. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Works of art from Newport-Mesa USD seniors hangs on the wall at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. Each year the school district showcases senior artwork at the gallery, giving student artists a chance to see their work in a gallery setting. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Works of art from Newport-Mesa USD seniors hangs on the wall at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. Each year the school district showcases senior artwork at the gallery, giving student artists a chance to see their work in a gallery setting. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Works of art from Newport-Mesa USD seniors hangs on the wall at Gray Matter Museum in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 28, 2017. Each year the school district showcases senior artwork at the gallery, giving student artists a chance to see their work in a gallery setting. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

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There was a time when Juan Islas figured he might never be able to take an art class in high school, let alone have his work displayed in a professional setting. Scheduling had conflicts delayed any opportunities to enroll in art during his first two years at Costa Mesa High School. So Islas made sure to soak in the moment April 28 during the first Newport-Mesa All-District Senior Art Show at Gray Matter Museum of Art in Costa Mesa.

“I started with coloring books as a kid,” Islas said. “Now I can say my work has been showcased in a professional art gallery, which is pretty awesome.”

Spearheaded by Costa Mesa High art teacher Keli Marchbank, the student showcase featured a wide range of work, including acrylic, charcoal, oil painting, watercolor and digital photography. The art remained on display for a week after the event.

Though the original plan was for the gallery to include only pieces from Costa Mesa High students, Marchbank recognized early on the value of inviting the other high schools in the district to join.

“I thought it would be better for the kids to have that real gallery experience instead of an anti-climactic show at the gym or in a hallway at the school,” Marchbank said. “This is a chance for them to interact with other artists and support one another. It’s important to instill in their minds this idea that they can pursue art once they graduate.”

Fiona Gray, a senior at Newport Harbor High, mingled with curious onlookers as they viewed one of her three oil paintings on display.

“When I initially heard about this event, I wasn’t sure how it was going to be or if anyone would show up,” Gray said. “But I’m very happy with the way it all turned out. It’s a great opportunity for exposure, networking and a taste of the professional world.”

In addition to having a DJ, the event featured a silent auction on items such as Beats by Dre and Oakley sunglasses donated by local vendors. A portion of the money raised will be given to Costa Mesa High School’s art program.

Though she wasn’t enrolled as an art student this semester, Ziyah Jordan submitted an acrylic piece at the suggestion of Marchbank, who was her teacher the year before.

“It’s a little intimidating because I tend to keep my work to myself, but it’s cool to have people see another side of me,” Jordan said. “I enjoy storytelling and letting people interpret the work for themselves.”

 Ryley Ronnow, who just a few years ago picked up a camera for the first time, called seeing his double-exposure portrait displayed in the gallery “a surreal experience.”

“I feel like I’ve been making all this art but no one has been able to see it until now,” Ronnow said. “In a way, this is a reward for all the hard work we’ve been doing behind the scenes.”

As she sat quietly in the back of the gallery, observing the expanding crowd filling the room, Jennifer Lucas admitted to feeling a sense of comfort in seeing her acrylic painting on display for the public to enjoy.

“I often have a hard time expressing myself and explaining what I’m going through, so this is helpful for me on a personal level,” Lucas said. “Ultimately, I think art is meant to be shared with others.”

714-796-2258 or varsityarts@ocregister.com

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Anaheim High’s ‘Failure: A Love Story’ spins spellbinding tale

  • John N (Abel Rosas, center) is beckoned by everyone he has ever loved to join them in the great beyond in Anaheim High School’s production of “Failure: A Love Story.” (Photo courtesy of Teffanie Amador)

    John N (Abel Rosas, center) is beckoned by everyone he has ever loved to join them in the great beyond in Anaheim High School’s production of “Failure: A Love Story.” (Photo courtesy of Teffanie Amador)

  • Mortimer Mortimer (Lorenzo Belmontez) and Gertrude Fail (Alexia Rosa) argue about love in Anaheim High School’s production of “Failure: A Love Story.” (Photo courtesy of Teffanie Amador)

    Mortimer Mortimer (Lorenzo Belmontez) and Gertrude Fail (Alexia Rosa) argue about love in Anaheim High School’s production of “Failure: A Love Story.” (Photo courtesy of Teffanie Amador)

  • December (Litzy Espinoza, left) and Mae ( Wendy Medina) in Anaheim High School’s production of “Failure: A Love Story.” (Photo courtesy of Teffanie Amador)

    December (Litzy Espinoza, left) and Mae ( Wendy Medina) in Anaheim High School’s production of “Failure: A Love Story.” (Photo courtesy of Teffanie Amador)

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Set in the postwar decade of the 1920s, Anaheim High School’s “Failure: A Love Story” follows the Fail family as they explore loss not only as a cause of suffering and grief, but as an event that can bring loved ones together in remembrance of a life.

Lorenzo Belmontez delivers a charming performance as Mortimer Mortimer, the confident entrepreneur who is “so famous he is named after himself.” Whether flashing self-assured smirks or making heroic promises to his brides-to-be, Belmontez drives every scene with a strong voice and vivid facial expressions.

Stephanie A. Chavez is the Disney-princess-esque Nelly Fail, the youngest of the Fail sisters and the first of Mortimer’s love interests. Sporting a lightness in her step and voice, Chavez  prances around the stage with a sweet innocence that makes her death all the more sudden and tragic.

Ashley Dourado is the loud, boisterous Jenny June, the second Fail sister, with the heart of gold. Dourado demonstrates a fearlessness as an actor and as a character as she leaps and bounds with a vigor and energy.

The makeup design by Vicki Sundgren, Julia Mora, Bianca Trujillo and Juan Munoz puts a steampunk spin on the production. Airbrushed, intricately-drawn cogs and gears mark the skins of the actors and actresses reflecting the industrial times of the 1920s era, while eyeshadows and lipsticks add splashes of color in the otherwise bleak, monochromatic world.

As one character says in the play: “Just because something doesn’t last doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great success.” The same can be said for Anaheim’s High School’s production “Failure: A Love Story” – a play that leaves you with bittersweet melancholy as it ponders the value of life.

Andy Lee is a junior at Northwood High School.

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San Clemente’s ‘Mary Poppins’ is practically perfect

“Mary Poppins” follows the story of a dysfunctional family in Edwardian London whose magical nanny helps them remember that there is much more to life than wealth and prestige.

San Clemente High School’s production is admirably focused, with the ensemble mastering extremely demanding choreography in numbers like “Step in Time,” in which they tap dance on the rooftops, or “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” in which they spell out countless words with their bodies. From park-goers on a jaunty stroll to disgruntled toys pining for help, the ensemble dives into each new character with invigorated attitude.

Cassidy McCleary is the lovely Mary Poppins. Poised to perfection, she struts about, lighting up her castmates and dazzling with her immense vocal range. Her interactions with the Banks children are reminiscent of a motherly storyteller as she leads them through various adventures, all the while dancing and singing along with the rest of the cast.

Bert, the charming jack of all trades, is brought to life by Jack Katke. His chipper cockney accent is endearing, and he is always wonderfully lost in the moment, whether it’s listening intently to Mary Poppins or engaging the audience with small talk in the rain.

The Banks children, Carlie McCleary as Jane and Maggie Anderson as Michael, are an adorable team full of endless energy and sass. Their love and worry for their father is apparent in their tender treatment of him, and their pure, childlike vocals shine through in every number. As their soft and kind mother, Winifred Banks, Tamara Armstrong showcases a journey to empowerment as she transitions from quavering to determined.

The props team, led by Maisy Strand and Abby Ambach, has created a slew of items that are both functional and fantastical. Cast members use them to their advantage, from riding carousel horse-inspired bicycles in “Jolly Holiday” to climbing ladders into the stars and flying kites that spell out “Believe.” Each prop is vibrant, detailed and purposeful, helping to bridge the gap between reality and storytelling.

Complete with believable British accents, dancing statues and magnificent costumes, San Clemente’s production of “Mary Poppins” is a wonderful whirlwind in which the cast makes use of the small stage by filling it with heart.

Katherine Schloss is a senior at La Habra High School.

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Artist of the Week: Casey Campbell

Six years ago, Costa Mesa High School music teacher Sandy Gilboe was looking for a new pianist for the jazz band. “A few high school students came to the audition, along with seventh-grader Casey Campbell,” said Gilboe. “It only took a few minutes to realize that jazz was totally in Casey’s wheelhouse, even as a seventh grader. The high-schoolers realized that as well and they fizzled out quickly, and Casey has been my jazz piano player ever since.”

Now a senior, Campbell will play Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” at the school’s annual spring concert. Gilboe tasked him with learning the piece a few years ago, hoping he’d be ready to play it at the end of his senior year. “He played it for me the other day so I could check his progress, and I was blown away!” said Gilboe.

Costa Mesa High’s spring concert will be performed on its campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16.

Name: Casey Campbell

School: Costa Mesa High School

Grade: 12

Hometown: Costa Mesa

What instruments do you play? Piano, trombone and baritone.

How did you get involved in music? My first involvement with music was when I was 5 years old. My parents bought a 66-key Yamaha keyboard with built in “lessons” to learn simple songs. Soon I had taught myself to play lots of small tunes, and from then on I was totally hooked. Fortunately, my parents saw the potential and signed me up for real lessons soon thereafter.

What is your favorite piece of music? Who is your favorite artist of all time and why? “Rhapsody in Blue” has actually become my favorite piece of music over time It is truly a unique piece that blends the best of classical music with early jazz and is quite enjoyable to play. As far as my favorite artist is concerned, that would have to be the jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson. He combined smooth jazz, swing and blues into his own wonderful style that nobody else has ever really been able to replicate (though I continue to try).

Who have been your influences? Did you have a mentor in your development as an musician? If so, how did they help you? I have had many mentors that have helped me with music throughout the years, but the most notable ones are my piano teacher Laura Chang-McManus and my band director Sandy Gilboe. I have known both of them for many years now, and I would like to thank them for giving me the guidance and opportunities I needed to become the musician I am today.

What inspires you? My inspiration comes from others. I greatly enjoy listening to other people play, and often I will try to incorporate my favorite parts of their performances into how I play while adding my own twist to it.

The next challenge I want to take on is … to explore more of jazz and expand my abilities as a jazz pianist. I am proficient in jazz as is, but I would love to learn more about it. I will probably end up taking jazz piano lessons sometime in the future.

Other than music, are you involved in any other activities?  If yes, what are they? Besides being a musician, I am also a student pilot, knife maker and entrepreneur. A diverse set of interests maybe, but actually all of these are connected. I operate my own online business, Campbell Armory, which sells metal replicas of blades from popular shows, movies and video games. In turn, the profits I earn support my (costly) flight lessons. Currently, I am about 40 hours of flight time in and still loving every minute of it.

How do the arts figure into your long-term goals? I would love to keep music as a lifelong hobby. I certainly plan to explore my opportunities with music once I go to college as well, and I am currently considering it as a minor.

What is the best advice you have received? The best advice that I have received is to remember that the audience doesn’t have a copy of your music. They don’t know each and every note on the page like you do, so it’s not the end of the world if you don’t end up playing exactly what’s written (as long as you cover for it well).

I hope my legacy as an artist will be … as a musician that lives on through others, whether it’s through people who I have taught and mentored or through those who I have played in groups with. The ability to pass on knowledge and inspiration is one of the most important parts of being a musician.

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