FORT WORTH -- In the end, the race was a dead heat.
The judges in the 10th annual Betty Lynn Buckley Awards, which honor outstanding high school musical productions, were not able to pick a single Best Musical. So the top prize given Thursday night was shared by Birdville High School for Bye-Bye Birdie and North Crowley High School for the more recent musical stage version of Little Women.
They took top honors despite a strong showing by Keller High School's production of Peter Pan, which garnered four awards, including Best Male Actor (Andrew Gallop) and Best Female Actor (Molly Franco) -- the most won by any single show.
Drama teacher Kristy Minor of Mansfield High School won the Bayard H. Friedman Chesapeake Hero Award and the $1,000 check that came with it.
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The other categories and winners were:
Excellence in Scenic Design (Budget Level I): Charly Topper, She Loves Me, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts.
Excellence in Scenic Design (Budget Level II): Sam Spofford, Bye Bye Birdie, Keller High School
Best Student Orchestra: Birdville High School, Bye Bye Birdie
Excellence in Lighting Design (Budget Level I): Sam Spofford, Bye Bye Birdie
Excellence in Lighting Design (Budget Level II): Matt McCallum and Alec Danz, Peter Pan, Keller High School.
Best Ensemble Member (Female): Paige Freedman, West Side Story, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
Best Ensemble Member (Male): Zach Soliz, Annie, Grapevine High School
Best Supporting Actor (Male): Zach Jones, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Oakridge School
Best Supporting Actor (Female): Stephanie Peterson, Peter Pan, Keller High.
Excellence in Costume Design (Budget Level I): Chryssy Sterling and Kate Walters, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, Keller Central High School
Excellence in Costume Design (Budget Level II): Elyssa Ketchersid, Hello, Dolly!, Richland High School
Excellence in Choreography: Jake Roan, Hello, Dolly!, Richland High School.