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Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announced the 45 Houston area high schools competing in the tenth annual Tommy Tune Awards, including Katy, Taylor and Morton Ranch High Schools. Developed by TUTS in 2002, the Tommy Tune Awards honor musical theatre excellence at the high school level, celebrating outstanding student achievement in 15 categories.

During the 2011-2012 school year, a team of Houston-based theatre professionals will evaluate the participating high school productions and announce the winners at a Tony Awards-style ceremony to be held April 17, 2012 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The event will spotlight musical numbers from the nominated shows as well as award presentations to the performers, directors, choreographers, orchestras and designers who have defined excellence throughout the 2011 – 2012 school year.  One of the most prestigious recognitions of the Tommy Tune Awards, the Best Leading Actor and Actress will represent TUTS, all expenses paid, as they go on to compete at the national level for the Jimmy Award at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City in June 2012.

TUTS’ Tommy Tune Awards are named for Broadway legend, Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus, Tommy Tune.  A performer, director, and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune received nine Tony Awards for his work in the following productions: Seesaw, My One and Only, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Nine, Grand Hotel, and The Will Rogers Follies.  He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003 by President Bush.

TUTS’ Tommy Tune Awards are designed not only to acknowledge remarkable artists in musical theatre at the high school level, but also to encourage their future in the profession by providing an opportunity to win scholarships, compete on a national level, and receive recognition from their peers.

Katy ISD schools will be evaluated on the following performances:

  • Katy High School, Honk! – October 13, 14, 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Morton Ranch High School, Hairspray – January 19, 20, 21 and 7 p.m.
  • Taylor High School, Chicago – January 19, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m.

The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the general public, and tickets will be available for purchase beginning on April 3, 2012. For information on the 2012 Tommy Tune Awards ceremony, call 713-558-2600 or visit TUTS.com/TommyTune.

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