14th annual Betty Buckley Awards for high school theater productions

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Winners in the other categories

• Best Male Supporting Actor (musical) — Micah Knupp, Spamalot, Keller High School

• Best Female Supporting Actor (musical) — Courtney Harris, The Boyfriend, All Saints’ Episcopal School

• Best Orchestra — Hello Dolly!, Grapevine High School

• Excellence in Choreography — Halli Morgan, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mansfield High School

• Excellence in Scenic Design — Jamie Phanekham and Harley Clawson, Into the Woods, Central High School, Keller

• Excellence in Costume Design — Elizabeth Homer, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mansfield High School

• Excellence in Lighting Design — Don Ton, Into the Woods, Central High School-Keller

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It may not be easy being green, but it certainly paid off for Creekview High School, which earned best musical and best female actor in a musical trophies Thursday night at the 14th annual Betty Buckley Awards at Casa Mañana.

The Carrollton school’s production of Shrek the Musical was named the best musical among the six nominated productions, and Destinie Smith won best female lead.

The awards, which typically honor outstanding achievement in 10 theater categories, added three categories this year: best full-length play and best male and female actors in a full-length play.

Three other schools also took multiple awards. All Saints’ Episcopal School, Keller’s Central High School and Mansfield High School took home pairs of trophies.

All awards included a $1,000 scholarship.

The award for best male actor in a musical went to Charlie H. Ray for his efforts in Sweeney Todd at Trinity Valley School.

The honor of being the first full-length play to garner a Buckley award went to Trinity Valley for Metamorphoses. Joey DeForest of Lake Country Christian School took the best actor in a play award for his work in Flowers for Algernon. And Ellie Hertel of All Saints’ Episcopal was named best female actor in the new category for her role in Much Ado About Nothing.

The ceremony included brief performances by the casts of the nominated musicals.

Another highly entertaining moment was a stunning duet from Jekyll & Hyde — In His Eyes, by Addie Morales and Hertel, who were representing Casa Mañana’s apprentice program.

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