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Antigo High School’s spring production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is receiving some nice accolades, including earning honors as Outstanding Musical.

The spring production and several cast members were honored with several 2017-18 Jerry Awards, hosted by the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison,

Antigo was among schools honored for Outstanding Musical.

In addition, outstanding supporting performer awards went to Douglas Dittel, who played J.B. Biggley; Pia Spychalla in her role as Hedy La Rue; and Geoffrey Schmid as Mr. Twinble.

The show was directed by Michael Blood with Jeff Dewey and Jacob Oxley in charge of music. Molly Gums was costume designer and Justin Markgraf and Roger Meister, scenic designers.

They will be among those honored at the awards show on Sunday in Madison.

Each year as the program progresses, the newly added and alumni schools continue to amaze us and what we award in excellence grows, program founder Tim Sauers, Overture’s vice president of programming and community engagement, said.. We are very pleased at what we’re honoring – from schools of all sizes, cities of ranging populations and school musical budgets across the board. All of the participating schools strive for excellence whether they’re performing classic or contemporary titles, which we’re proud to bring to the Overture Hall stage for the award show in celebration of the hard work and accomplishments of the students, directors, designers and community that supports this work.

Overture’s Jerry Awards program encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater since 2009/10. Throughout this time, the program has grown into one that is recognized nationally and several recipients have grown into career musical theater professionals.

Highlights of this years awards include:

95 productions..

89 schools/community theater organizations.

42 schools represented in the 57 Outstanding Lead Performance Award recipients.

30 counties.

95,000 people involved in the Tommy Awards through engagement with their local high school musical

In honoring excellence, there are multiple award recipients in each award category, including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Orchestra, Outstanding Leading Performance, Outstanding Supporting Performance, Outstanding Dance Performance, and Outstanding Musical Direction.

In April, Overture Center announced today that the high school musical theater awards program was renamed The Jerry Awardsfor local philanthropist and arts supporter W. Jerome Frautschi. In 1997,

Frautschi, a fifth-generation Madisonian, and Rowland commissioned Madison’s new arts center by pledging $50 million to build what he called Overture Center for the Arts. Two years later, he pledged another $50 million. When all was said and done, he had donated $205 million one of the largest single gift to the arts in American history to date.
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Pia Spychalla as Hedy La Rue was a show-stealer, and now an award winner, in Antigo High School’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

AHS spring musical earns 'Jerrys'
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Antigo High School’s spring production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is receiving some nice accolades, including earning honors as Outstanding Musical.

The spring production and several cast members were honored with several 2017-18 Jerry Awards, hosted by the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison,

Antigo was among schools honored for Outstanding Musical.

In addition, outstanding supporting performer awards went to Douglas Dittel, who played J.B. Biggley; Pia Spychalla in her role as Hedy La Rue; and Geoffrey Schmid as Mr. Twinble.

The show was directed by Michael Blood with Jeff Dewey and Jacob Oxley in charge of music. Molly Gums was costume designer and Justin Markgraf and Roger Meister, scenic designers.

They will be among those honored at the awards show on Sunday in Madison.

Each year as the program progresses, the newly added and alumni schools continue to amaze us and what we award in excellence grows, program founder Tim Sauers, Overture’s vice president of programming and community engagement, said.. We are very pleased at what we’re honoring – from schools of all sizes, cities of ranging populations and school musical budgets across the board. All of the participating schools strive for excellence whether they’re performing classic or contemporary titles, which we’re proud to bring to the Overture Hall stage for the award show in celebration of the hard work and accomplishments of the students, directors, designers and community that supports this work.

Overture’s Jerry Awards program encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater since 2009/10. Throughout this time, the program has grown into one that is recognized nationally and several recipients have grown into career musical theater professionals.

Highlights of this years awards include:

95 productions..

89 schools/community theater organizations.

42 schools represented in the 57 Outstanding Lead Performance Award recipients.

30 counties.

95,000 people involved in the Tommy Awards through engagement with their local high school musical

In honoring excellence, there are multiple award recipients in each award category, including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Orchestra, Outstanding Leading Performance, Outstanding Supporting Performance, Outstanding Dance Performance, and Outstanding Musical Direction.

In April, Overture Center announced today that the high school musical theater awards program was renamed The Jerry Awardsfor local philanthropist and arts supporter W. Jerome Frautschi. In 1997,

Frautschi, a fifth-generation Madisonian, and Rowland commissioned Madison’s new arts center by pledging $50 million to build what he called Overture Center for the Arts. Two years later, he pledged another $50 million. When all was said and done, he had donated $205 million one of the largest single gift to the arts in American history to date.
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Pia Spychalla as Hedy La Rue was a show-stealer, and now an award winner, in Antigo High School’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
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