Waukee Theatre Arts Program to be Honored at Iowa Awards Showcase

Waukee Theatre Arts is excited to participate in the 2021 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, in honor of the school’s achievements for their recent production of SHREK THE MUSICAL.

Iowa PBS will broadcast a year-end Awards Showcase on July 9, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. The broadcast will feature highlights from several musical productions submitted for adjudication by high schools from across the state this year. Featured performances will be recorded at the Des Moines Civic Center in early June.

Seniors Ethan Elsbernd and Natalie Grote will perform an excerpt from their award-winning roles as Shrek and Fiona.

Waukee Theatre Arts will also be recognized with the following awards and honors:

  • Outstanding Stage Management | Emma Breheny, Avery Johnson, and Colin Kiernan
  • Outstanding Sound Design & Board Operation | Colin Kiernan
  • Outstanding Overall Technical and Creative Achievement
  • Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role | Ethan Elsbernd as Shrek
  • Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role | Natalie Grote as Fiona
  • Special Recognition for a Performance in a Principal Role | Paige Fahrenkrug as Pinocchio / Farquaad Squad
  • Special Recognition for a Performance in a Principal Role | Keaton Kelly as Lord Farquaad
  • Special Recognition for a Performance in a Principal Role | Tatum Lowell as Gingy / Young Fiona / Farquaad Squad
  • Special Recognition for Ensemble
  • Special Recognition for Excellence in Streaming

Additional honors and recognitions for all 78 schools in this year’s program will be available in a special online gallery at DMPA.org that will launch on July 9, 2021 in tandem with the Iowa PBS broadcast.

IHSMTA is a yearlong, signature education initiative of Des Moines Performing Arts.

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