The show must go on! Despite our current situation, Arts Express was still able to hold a live-stream presentation of their annual Monte Awards on Saturday, May 16, 2020. The Monte Awards are a division of the National High School Musical Theater Awards, and more can be found out about them here: https://www.arts-express.org/monte-awards/#about.
Mr. Matthew Copley, Theatre Arts teacher at Tanque Verde High School noted, “We were fortunate enough to squeeze in our production of Little Shop of Horrors just under the wire, and our two leads were able to participate in the Montes.
Rebekkah Evans and Preston Hatch were both invited, and they both did a phenomenal job!”
“Rebekkah made it to the Semi-Finalist round, and I am gushing with pride over how well she did! Well done, Rebekkah!!! Preston made it all the way to the end, and last night he was awarded the BEST ACTOR award for Southern AZ High School Musical Theater!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Preston!! I am the proudest Drama Papa ever!” Mr. Copley added enthusiastically.
“The theatre program at TVHS has made amazing strides over the past three years. They have put on some amazing shows and the students continue to raise the bar on what they do on stage,” noted TVHS Principal, Mr. A.J. Malis. “We were lucky that the 2019-2020 season ended right before the shutdown with a jaw dropping performance of the musical Little Shop Of Horrors. The performances were moving and stage effects were out of this world. It's going to be exciting to watch this program over the next couple of years.”
Please join us in congratulating our two amazing TVHS Theatre students!
“Also, a huge congratulations goes out to all of the other nominees and winners! They were all brilliant, and I was able to witness some beautiful performances last night. Just wish I could have been there in person,” added Mr. Copely.
- Up & Coming Actress - Lydia Chandler of Ironwood Ridge High School
- Up & Coming Actor - Justin Cheung of Desert Christian High School
- BEST ACTOR - Preston Hatch of Tanque Verde High School
- BEST ACTRESS - Kendall Hicks of Ironwood Ridge High School and Cassie Miller of Empire High School
We have some talented young people in our community!