Blue Star Awards

Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards®, Starlight Theatre’s annual Blue Star Awards recognize achievement and excellence in musical theatre among Kansas City area high school students.

Established in 2003, the Blue Star Awards are one of the largest and most admired high school musical theatre awards programs in the nation. All high schools in metropolitan Kansas City and selected outlying communities are invited to participate. Each year the program serves 5,000 area students who contribute either on the stage or behind the scenes to their schools’ musical theatre productions.  

Adjudicators, who are theatre professionals, performing artists, designers and theatre arts educators, attend each participating school’s musical and provide evaluations and commentary to Starlight’s Education Department. Their comments are also compiled and shared with each school’s theatre teacher and students.

Each May, the program culminates with the red-carpet Blue Star Awards Ceremony on the Starlight stage.

Starlight strongly believes that through the spirit of healthy competition and the accolades gained by Blue Star Awards’ recognition, area students, teachers and schools are inspired to excel in musical theatre and all arts programs.

High schools interested in learning more about the Blue Star Awards are encouraged to contact education@kcstarlight.com

Outstanding Overall Production 
Blue Valley - Hello, Dolly!
Liberty North - Seussical
Mill Valley - She Loves Me
Olathe East - Big Fish
Raymore-Peculiar - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Shawnee Mission East - Curtains

Outstanding Artistic Contribution by a Student 
Central - Sydney VanDyke, Emily Lower and Lexie Bryson for Choreography - Anything Goes

Liberty - Nathan Moon for Choreography - Little Shop of Horrors

Liberty North - Emmy Caywood for Direction and Choreography - Seussical

Olathe East - Kristi Haas for Choreography - Big Fish

Olathe East - Kristi Haas for Choreography - Hairspray

Raymore-Peculiar - Trevor Diepenbrock for Music Direction - Quilters

Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role 
Blue Valley - Ady Shaw as Dolly Gallagher Levi - Hello, Dolly!

Central - Sydney VanDyke as Reno Sweeney - Anything Goes

Lee’s Summit - Anahi Casas Perez as Esmeralda - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Mill Valley - Lauryn Hurley as Amalia Balash - She Loves Me

Olathe East - Mia Valentine as Tracy Turnblad - Hairspray

Shawnee Mission East - Grace Chisholm as Carmen Bernstein - Curtains

Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role 
Blue Springs - Sam Aubuchon as Seymour Krelborn - Little Shop of Horrors

Blue Springs South - Noah Sweeney as Corey Jr. - Back to the 80’s…The Totally Awesome Musical

Lee’s Summit - Jack Gerding as Dom Claude Frollo - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Lee’s Summit North - Alec Bridges as Frank Abagnale, Jr. - Catch Me If You Can

Olathe East - Jacob Thomas as Edward Bloom - Big Fish

Raytown - Caleb McCarroll as Tevye - Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role 
Blue Valley North - Faith Kopecky as Sylvia - All Shook Up

Lansing - Brynna Darley as Rona Lisa Peretti/Olive’s Mom - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Lansing - Megan Darley as Olive Ostrovsky - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Mill Valley - McKenna Harvey as Ilona Ritter - She Loves Me

Olathe East - Jennifer Meier as Penny Pingleton - Hairspray

Shawnee Mission East - Savanna Worthington as Georgia Hendricks - Curtains

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role 
Blue Springs South - Isaac Hardin as Feargal McFerrin - Back to the 80’s…The Totally Awesome Musical

Blue Valley - Ryan Jacobs as Barnaby Tucker - Hello, Dolly!

Lansing - Will Snodgrass as Leaf Coneybear/Carl Dad - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Lee’s Summit West - Jake Hilger as Bud Frump - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Liberty - Joe Galetti as Orin Scrivello - Little Shop of Horrors

Olathe East - Noah Wayne as Seaweed J. Stubbs - Hairspray

Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role 
Blue Valley North - Ashley Ruckman as Mayor Matilda Hyde - All Shook Up

Olathe East - Zoey Johnson as Jenny Hill - Big Fish

Park Hill - Lauren Szala as Rose Lennox - The Secret Garden

Raymore-Peculiar - Ella Schnake as Eleanor/Sunbonnet Sue/Miss Jesse/Girl One/Aunt Mattie/Woman Three/Child Three/Train Woman/Mrs. Seeley - Quilters

Rockhurst - Isabel Mayer as Young Bonnie - Bonnie & Clyde

Shawnee Mission East - Maggie Mulligan as Bambi Bernet - Curtains

Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role 
Blue Valley North - Jaren Muller as Jim Haller - All Shook Up

Lee’s Summit - Riley Pugh as Jehan Frollo - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Liberty North - Gabe Wright as General Gengus Khan Schmitz - Seussical

Rockhurst - Philip Licata as Preacher - Bonnie & Clyde

Shawnee Mission East - Luke Knopke as Christopher Belling - Curtains

Shawnee Mission South - Josiah Schools as Bickel - Footloose

Outstanding Female Ensemble Member 
Blue Valley - Averey Shaw as Townsperson/Specialty Dancer - Hello, Dolly!

Central - Alison Ledford as Vivian the Bartender - Anything Goes

Lee’s Summit West - Gracie Heath as Miss Krumholtz - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Raymore-Peculiar - Tayler Bates as Quasimodo’s Friend - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Raymore-Peculiar - Alexandra Green as Gypsy - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Rockhurst - Jane Stevenson as Trish - Bonnie & Clyde

Outstanding Male Ensemble Member 
Leavenworth - Brian Bartenslager as Leopard - Disney’s Tarzan

Liberty - Jonathan Edens as Skid Row Ensemble - Little Shop of Horrors

Liberty North - Thadeus Acha as Wickersham Brother - Seussical

Liberty North - Nate Meshau as Wickersham Brother - Seussical

Mill Valley - Parker Johnson as Busboy - She Loves Me

Shawnee Mission East - Reilly Kenney as Dance Company - Curtains

Outstanding Ensemble 
Blue Valley - Hello, Dolly!
Lee’s Summit West - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Liberty North - Seussical
Olathe East - Big Fish
Olathe East - Hairspray
Shawnee Mission East - Curtains

Outstanding Orchestra 
Blue Springs - Little Shop of Horrors
Blue Valley - Hello, Dolly!
Lee’s Summit - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Lee’s Summit West - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Olathe East - Hairspray
Park Hill - The Secret Garden

Outstanding Scenic Design and Construction, Tier I ($0 - $1,999) 
Excelsior Springs - Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka
Fort Osage - A Christmas Carol
Mill Valley - She Loves Me
Platte County - Legally Blonde The Musical
Ruskin - Once On This Island
Winnetonka - Aida

Outstanding Scenic Design and Construction, Tier II ($2,000+) 
Central - Anything Goes
Lee’s Summit West - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Liberty - Little Shop of Horrors
Liberty North - Seussical
Olathe East - Hairspray
Raymore-Peculiar - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Outstanding Lighting Design 
Excelsior Springs - Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka
Liberty - Little Shop of Horrors
Liberty North - Seussical
Olathe East - Big Fish
Olathe East - Hairspray
Raymore-Peculiar - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Outstanding Technical Crew 
Excelsior Springs - Lighting Crew - Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka
Lee’s Summit - Lighting Crew - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Liberty - Costume Crew - Little Shop of Horrors
Liberty North - Lighting Crew - Seussical
Olathe East - Lighting Crew - Big Fish
Raymore-Peculiar - Lighting Crew - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Outstanding Costume Design and Construction, Tier I ($0 - $1,499) 
Belton - Sweeney Todd
Leavenworth - Disney’s Tarzan
Mill Valley - She Loves Me
Raymore-Peculiar - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Raytown - Fiddler on the Roof
St. Teresa’s Academy - 9 to 5 The Musical

Outstanding Costume Design and Construction, Tier II ($1,500+) 
Central - Anything Goes
Lee’s Summit West - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Liberty North - Seussical
Olathe East - Big Fish
Olathe East - Hairspray
Winnetonka - Aida

Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design 
Liberty North - Seussical
Olathe East - Big Fish
Olathe East - Hairspray
Olathe North - Disney The Little Mermaid
Park Hill - The Secret Garden
Raymore-Peculiar - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Technical Achievement Award 
Leavenworth - Victoria Sallot for Costume Design - Disney’s Tarzan
Liberty North - Cassie Sisson for Costume Design - Seussical
Mill Valley - Chris Greenfield for Technical Direction - She Loves Me
Olathe East - Amy Schraeder for Stage Management - Big Fish
Olathe East - Emily Lucas for Lighting Design - Big Fish
Ruskin - Michael Ricketts for Stage Management - Cabaret and Once On This Island

Rising Star Scholarship Female Nominees 
Benton - Elizabeth Kline
Leavenworth - Victoria Sallot
Mill Valley - Lauryn Hurley
Platte County - Kristina Rivera
Shawnee Mission East - Savanna Worthington
Winnetonka - Danielle Dodd

Rising Star Scholarship Male Nominees
Liberty - Dylan Moran
Liberty North - Nate Meshau
Platte County - Colin Kinnick
Ruskin - Michael Ricketts
Shawnee Mission South - Patrick Sturm
St. James Academy - Michael Moore

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