The Lovett School and the Atlanta International School in Buckhead each received four nominations for the Shuler Hensley awards, given annually to honor musical theater productions at metro Atlanta high schools.

Four Sandy Springs high schools also received nominations. Performers at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School were nominated for five awards. Performers at Riverwood International Charter School were nominated for four awards and performers at North Springs Charter High School for one award.

The 2011 winners will be announced April 26 during a ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Forty-one high schools from a dozen counties and 14 school districts were nominated for awards this year. The awards are named for Marietta native Shuler Hensley, a Broadway performer who won a Tony award for his performance in the revival of “Oklahoma!”

Nominees from the Lovett and Atlanta International School productions were: From Atlanta International School’s production of “Urinetown” – Grace Melville for supporting actress; Sherry Weeks for costume design; Sherry Weeks for choreography; and Rob Warren for direction.

From The Lovett School’s production of “The Music Man” – Kelsey Richards for supporting actress; technical director and stage managers Michael Halad, James Belsak and Sade Oresegun for stage crew and technical execution; Jamie Harward for leading actress; and Evan Harms for leading actor.

Nominees from Sandy Springs high schools were:

From Holy Innocents’ production of “A Little Night Music” – KC Crewdson for featured performer; Payton Anderson for supporting actress; technical director and stage managers Harley Gould, Shelby North and Christie Huff for stage crew and technical execution; Maria Karres-Williams for direction and for overall production.

From Riverwood’s production of “Les Miserables” – ensemble; Will Nichols for supporting actor; conductor Mike Gibson for orchestra; and choral director Amy Hughley for music direction.

From North Springs’ production of “Hairspray” – costume designer Alexa Zack for costume design.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.