Elizabethtown Area High School’s spring musical production of “Seussical, The Musical” took home top honors at the 2019 Hershey Theater Apollo Awards by winning Outstanding Musical. In addition, junior Carter Rutkowski claimed one of the top individual prizes when he won Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical for his role as General Schmitz/ Wickersham in “Seussical, The Musical.”
In addition to the Outstanding Musical and Featured Actor Awards, Elizabethtown Area High School’s spring musical claimed Outstanding Dance Number in a Musical and Outstanding Student Orchestra in a Musical. Also, Ally Hampton won a Spirit of Theater Award in the Fall Play category for EAHS’s performance of “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” Abby Franz won a Spirit of Theater Award in the Spring Musical category for “Seussical, The Musical.”
High schools in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Perry counties were eligibleto receive nominations. The Elizabethtown Area School District was invited to participate due to its proximity to Hershey itself. Independent evaluators representing the Hershey Theater Apollo Awards attended each school’s production to gather the list of nominees. The awards focus solely on the performances of the young people, honoring their acting, singing, and dancing abilities.
A Tony Awards-inspired ceremony is held annually in May at the Hershey Theatre. In addition to the winners for both fall plays and spring musicals being announced, the production featured performances by the casts, crews, and orchestra members from the local schools. Elizabethtown’s Adam Evans and Ryan Kruft performed solo acts from their roles in “Seaussical, The Musical” and Claire Fitiz and Carter Rutkowski performed a scene form their roles in the fall play. The cast of “Seussical, The Musical” performed one of their award-winning dance numbers.
Also nominated were Carter Rutkowski, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play; Claire Fritz, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play; Ryan Kruft, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play; and Emma Buettner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play; Ryan Kruft, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical; Adam Evans, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical; and Alexis Martin, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical.
Christine Blaisdell served as the advisor for the school’s theater arts program including the productions of “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and “Seussical, The Musical.” Corinne Kern directed the musical’s student pit orchestra.