ATLANTA - Several students from Gainesville won national praise at the 2013 Junior Theater Festival which was held recently in Atlanta.
Students from Gainesville's Play On Players won a Freddie G Outstanding Production Award, a Freddie G Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and student Taylor Priday won an Outstanding Female Performance Award and students from C.W. Davis Middle School in Flowery Branch won national praise.
The Junior Theater Festival is the world's largest musical theater festival. Produced by New York's iTheatrics and Atlanta's Theater of the Stars, the Junior Theater Festival celebrates young people and the transformative power of musical theater. This year's festival brought together 4,000 students and teachers representing 82 groups from 23 states.
As one of just eight schools from across the country to win a Freddie G Outstanding Production Award, the Play On Players students performed a song from their Honk! JR. production during the festival's closing ceremonies.
The Play On Players students presented selections from Honk! JR. for Nick Pramik, Director of Marketing and Partnerships division at Broadway entertainment advertising agency SpotCo and Karma Camp, Choreographer at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The 24 students representing C.W. Davis Middle School presented selections from The Pirates of Penzance JR. for director, choreographer and performer Jacob Brent (appeared in Broadway, London and DVD productions of Cats and Starlight Express, directed premiere of Avenue Q School Edition); and Kennedy Center director Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas (Walking in the Winds: American Tales and Walking in the Winds: Arabian Tales