The Triangle Rising Star Awards recently honored the best high school musical theater students in the area.
Anna Higginson of Raleigh’s Sanderson High School won Best Actress for her role as Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Sam Hamashima of Green Hope High School in Cary was named Best Actor for playing Baker in “Into the Woods.”
Durham Academy’s production of “Oklahoma!” won Best Ensemble, and Enloe High School’s “Once Upon a Mattress” was named Best Musical.
In addition to attending a ceremony to hand out awards, which were sponsored and judged by Theatre in the Park, Playmakers Repertory Company, ABC 11 and the Durham Performing Arts Center, the honorees also performed together in an arrangement of “We Go Together” from “Grease,” a medley of Broadway tunes and “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.”
As individual winners of the Triangle Rising Star Awards, Anna and Sam each received a $1,000 scholarship and an invitation for an all-expense-paid trip to New York last summer to represent the region in the National High School Musical Theater Awards.
The other finalists for Best Actress were: Laura Bevington of East Chapel Hill High School, Shelby Cox of Raleigh Charter High School, Elizabeth Eason from Durham Academy, Angeline Fuqua from Durham School of the Arts, Leia Gearhart of Garner High School, Ruby Gibbs of Sanderson High School, Sarah Gordon of Enloe High School, Ashley Griffin of Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City, Sarah Koop of Cary High School, Ainsley Seiger of Apex High School and Hayley Jo Womack of Western Harnett High School.
The other finalists for Best Actor were: Zachary Dale of Broughton High School, Alex Flores-Burgess of Durham Academy, Benjamin Goldman of St. Thomas More Academy in Raleigh, Bailey Griffin of Raleigh Charter High School, Kai Kelley of Voyager Academy in Durham, Aaron Miller of Panther Creek High School and Kevin Thorne of Clayton High School.