Back at the Dazzle Awards: Steele to perform ‘Guys and Dolls’

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Amherst Steele theater students are once more set to appear on stage in Cleveland.

The local teens will be part of the 2nd Annual Playhouse Square Dazzle Awards, affiliated with the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (“The Jimmy Awards”) presented by The Broadway League Foundation.

“We are very excited to be participating again this year. The students gained so much from being a part of the Dazzle experience last year. It was gratifying for them to achieve recognition for their hard work,” said drama director Valerie Farschman. “It was a thrill to get 13 nominations in 10 categories and have sophomore Shawn Hammel win the Dazzle for Best Supporting Actor for his dentist in our production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ More importantly, they all got a chance to work with Broadway professionals to put on a spectacular Dazzle Award show on Connor Palace stage.”

Steele’s program is strictly student run, from acting to set construction, costumes, lighting, sound, set design, and props.

This year they are performing “Guys and Dolls,” a musical fable based on a story and the lovable characters by Damon Runyon.

Show dates are April 20 to 22 at 7 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m. at the high school cafetorium, 450 Washington St., Amherst.

Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for students, senior citizens, and other thespians. All tickets are general admission. There are reserved priority front and second row seats for an additional $5 additional for front row and $3 additional for second row.

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The Playhouse Square Dazzle Awards offer arts education opportunities throughout the school year and culminates with a May 20 showcase.

Awards are presented to outstanding musical theater productions and students in 13 categories, including Best Musical, Best Actor/Actress, Best Student Orchestra, Best Costume Design, and Best Scenic Design.

The winners of the Best Actor and Actress categories will represent Northeast Ohio at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in June.

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