Although the coronavirus pandemic cut the spring semester short for many high school students, it did not negate the months of hard work spent preparing for and staging their high school musical theatre performances last fall and winter. Starlight will publicly recognize many outstanding Kansas City area students and schools when its community engagement team reveals the much-anticipated nominations for the 2019-20 Blue Star Awards season live via Starlight’s Facebook page Thursday, May 21, at 3:30 p.m. CDT.
Each year, Starlight presents the Blue Star Awards in 23 categories in technical categories like Outstanding Hair & Makeup Design and Outstanding Lighting Design, performance categories like Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Overall Production, and more. Two $2,500 Rising Star Scholarships are awarded to seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and made a great impact on their high school theatre departments. With up to eight nominations per category, the Blue Star Awards annually celebrate hundreds of students and their incredible work in theatre.
Traditionally, Starlight delivers the Blue Star Awards nominations in school approximately one month prior to the Blue Stars Awards ceremony. Due to school closings and the ever-changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Starlight leadership and staff made the decision to live-stream the nominations this season. The Blue Star Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for May 21, has been postponed to Friday, July 31.
Tune in to Starlight’s Facebook page Thursday, May 21, at 3:30 p.m. CDT when Andy Pierce, Starlight’s community engagement manager, and Katie McKernan, Starlight’s community engagement coordinator, announce the nominations live.
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