McAllen ISD students are standing at center stage following a county-high 36 nominations for the inaugural Palms Awards, it was announced recently. The Palms are Hidalgo County High School Theatre awards.

“This is a brand-new event that was created to celebrate and recognize the great work of students in high school theatre productions,” McAllen ISD Fine Arts Director Jim Egger said. “This is very much like the Tony Awards for professional theatre but geared for high school students. Congratulations to all of these very talented McAllen ISD theatre and choir students and their hard working teachers.”

Each high school in Hidalgo County was given the opportunity to enter one musical production and one non-musical production. There were 21 productions from 18 different schools entered. A panel of judges attended each production and developed the nominations.

Here is the rundown of the 36 nominations in McAllen ISD productions: Musicals - Rowe High “Thoroughly Modern Millie” received nine nominations; McAllen High “Camp Rock” received eight nominations; Non-Musicals – McAllen High “Bob: A Life in 5 Acts” received eight nominations; Rowe High “The Games Afoot” received eight nominations; Memorial High “Chemical Imbalance” received three nominations.

The Palms Ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the McAllen Convention Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster. Several of the nominees will perform at the ceremony.

Below is a list of the nominations for McAllen ISD:

 

Rowe HS Musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (nine nominations)

 

Best Musical Production

Best Ensemble in a Musical

Best Technical Crew in a Musical

Best Sound Design in a Musical

Best Choreography in a Musical

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Briana Amaya

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Collin Smith

Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role – Alessandra Pantone

Best Featured Performer – Courtney Smith

 

McAllen High Musical “Disney’s Camp Rock” (eight nominations)

Best Musical Production

Best Scenic Design in a Musical

Best Technical Crew in a Musical

Best Sound Design in a Musical

Best Choreography in a Musical

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Gianna Eason

Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role – Cassie Femat

Best Featured Performer – Floriza Lozano

 

McAllen High Non-Musical “Bob, A Life in 5 Acts” (eight nominations)

Best Production in a Non-Musical

Best Ensemble in a Non-Musical

Best Lighting Design in a Non-Musical

Best Sound Design in a Non-Musical

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Mayela Ramirez

Best Actor in a Leading Role – James Kazan

Best Supporting Actor in a Supporting Role – Blake Ditto

Best Featured Performer – John Kazen

 

Rowe High Non-Musical “The Games Afoot” (eight nominations)

Best Production in a Non-Musical

Best Ensemble in a Non-Musical

Best Scenic Design in a Non-Musical

Best Costume Design in a Non-Musical

Best Lighting Design in a Non-Musical

Best Technical Crew in a Non-Musical

Best Sound Design in a Non-Musical

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Luis Sandoval

 

Memorial High Non-Musical “Chemical Imbalance” (three nominations)

Best Scenic Design in a Non-Musical

Best Costume Design in a Non-Musical

Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role – Brook T. Pacheco