Steele Canyon high school production wins Best Musical

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Steele Canyon High School Drama Department and Instrumental Music Department’s production of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards. 

At the May 27th awards show, the Steele Canyon Players competed with two other finalists, Mission Hills High School’s American Idiot and Cathedral Catholic High School’s 42nd Street. 

Steele Canyon High School Drama Department and Instrumental Music Department’s production of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards. 

At the May 27th awards show, the Steele Canyon Players competed with two other finalists, Mission Hills High School’s American Idiot and Cathedral Catholic High School’s 42nd Street. 

The cast performed in a competitive Tony Awards® style adjudication process to be awarded the Best High School Musical and won $1,000 for their Steele Canyon theatre department. 

According to SCHS Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella, this is the first year the school has entered this competition that celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre. 

The Broadway San Diego Awards Program Manager, Rick Hernandez said the challenge for the prize was monumentous.

“We had 22 schools with 28 shows in the competition this year,” he said. “This is the largest participation that we have ever had. The competition was fierce!”

Additionally, three Steele Canyon Players received best actor nominations for their roles in The Sound of Music: Leanna Neely for her portrayal of the Mother Abbess, Jackson Shaffer for his portrayal of Captain Von Trapp and Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur as Maria. Brice Cloke, Claire Doucet, Sean Huitt, Tori Joynson and Sydney Villa represented Steele Canyon Players as selected members of the All Star Chorus that performed at the awards show. 

The Steele Canyon Players wish to thank their sponsors The Michael J. Slater Family and Home Depot for helping to make this production possible. 

The Broadway San Diego Awards program is now entering its fifth year and the competition is sponsored by the San Diego County Credit Union. 

The Mission of Broadway San Diego Awards is to utilize a competitive Tony Awards® style adjudication process, to find the very best of high school musical theater talent in San Diego County; and in collaboration with the Jimmy Awards®, also known as the National High School Musical Theater Awards® (NHSMTA), to present these talented young performers with a unique scholarship opportunity to advance their educations and careers in the genre of musical theater.  

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