Some impressive young acting talents have been recognized with Dazzle Award nominations.
With 23 schools competing in this year’s awards show in Cleveland, the MLS Theatre Company of Steele High School received four nominations for its April production of “Guys and Dolls.”
Jacob Kelley was nominated for Best Featured Performer for his role as Big Jule, the first he has ever taken on.
Jacob Fennell was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Benny Southstreet in his first year of theater.
“Guys and Dolls” was also nominated for Best Costumes and Best Technical Execution.
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.
She said it was a thrill last year to get 13 nominations in 10 categories and have sophomore Shawn Hammel win the Dazzle for Best Supporting Actor for his dentist in the Amherst Steele production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Steele’s program is strictly student-run, from acting to set construction, costumes, lighting, sound, set design, and props.
The Playhouse Square Dazzle Awards offer arts education opportunities throughout the school year and culminates with a May 20 showcase.