Grand Achievements from the GW Patriot Players
Our Patriot Players are building a name for themselves in Denver.
The Denver Center for Performing Arts hosts a Tony-inspired awards event for high school musicals called the Bobby G Awards, named for Robert Garner, one of the founders and developers of the DCPA. Nominations are spread all over the state, from Durango to Steamboat. Our winter production of Annie earned two nominations this year. First, the GW Orchestra was nominated as best orchestra in a high school musical. Big congratulations to Mr. Arichea and all the students in the pit orchestra. Second, freshman Spencer Gordon was nominated for the rising star award for his portrayal of Drake the butler. This award is given to an underclassman in a supporting role as someone to watch. Spencer has already begun to prove his worthiness of this award, having played a lead role in our spring production of Arsenic and Old Lace.
The Bobby G awards ceremony will be held at the Temple-Buell Theatre on Thursday, May 24.
We also attended the DPS Shakespeare festival in force. 23 GW students from Mr. Hasbrouck’s Stagecraft class and the extracurricular program handled more than half of the stage management for the 18 stages at the festival.
Additionally, GW students performed eight scenes on the Inns of Court stage, some from the advanced acting class, and some developed by students independently. All eight scenes received perfect scores across the board from the judges. Special awards were given to Arionna Rice and Breonna Rael for their scene from As You Like It. Special recognition must also be given to senior Zelda Sidener, who developed a montage of scenes, lines, soliloquies, and moments from six different tragedies, showing deep similarities in Shakespeare’s most iconic devices. In addition to editing, blocking, and directing this piece, Zelda also spent much of this semester working with students from one of our neighboring elementary schools, preparing their students for the festival as a director and after school coach.
Thanks for your continued support of the performing arts in public schools. Next year’s productions will be announced May 18.