By Chris Heady
A talented group of SM East thespians received some metro-wide recognition Thursday at Starlight Theatre’s 11th Annual Blue Star Awards Ceremony.
SM East’s February production of The Drowsy Chaperone garnered the theatre department 10 nominations — including Outstanding Overall Production — heading into awards night. And when the envelopes were opened, four Lancers won awards in three categories for their acting abilities. Senior Lily Kaufmann won Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role, sophomore Abby Cramer won Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role and juniors Alec and Justin Armer, twins, won Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role.
“We’re shocked,” the Armers said simultaneously.
“I think people like the twin factor,” added Alec.
The 10 nominations for Drowsy Chaperone were six more than for last year’s musical, Bye, Bye Birdie. The nominations included Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Overall Production. Senior Maggie Niven, who directed The Drowsy Chaperone, was also nominated for Outstanding Artistic Contribution by a Student. Kaufmann led all Lancers with three overall nominations. Kaufmann was nominated in the Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role as well last year.
As the Outstanding Actress winner, Kaufmann earns the right to represent Kansas City in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards July 1 in New York.