The Westfield High School Theatre Department received 10 Tommy Tune Award nominations, out of 15 categories, for its 2016-17 fall musical “The Wiz.” The list of nominations sets a new Spring ISD record, ousting Westfield’s 2015 production of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls” that was nominated six times.
Since its inception in 2002 the Tommy Tune Awards program has become the largest celebration of High School Musical Theatre in Houston. The annual awards ceremony sponsored by Theatre Under the Stars recognizes the excellence of high school students and teachers throughout the Houston metropolitan area. After evaluating the 45 participating Houston-area high school productions, a team of Houston-based theater professionals nominated 165-plus participants in 15 award categories.
Westfield High School’s “The Wiz” received 10 nominations out of 15 categories: Best Choreography; Best Direction; Best Overall Production; Best Ensemble and Chorus; Best Stage Crew and Technical Execution; Best Leading Actor: Dontrevion Young for the role of Lion; Best Supporting Actress: Divina Ito for the role of Evilene; Best Supporting Actor: Cullen Dyer for the role of Tinman; Best Supporting Actor: Brett Mills for the role of Scarecrow; and Best Featured Performer: Brianna Wyatt for the roles of Aunt Em and Glenda.
The “Tony-style” televised event will be held at 7 p.m. on April 18 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and will feature Dontrevion Young, Cullen Dyer, Brett Mills and Divina Ito, as well as the full cast of “The Wiz” performing in the best overall production category. In addition, Brianna Wyatt and Justice Jackson will perform in the opening and closing numbers. The winners of each category will be announced during the ceremony.
An updated retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the musical – a mainstay for many years with school and community theater groups – also plays a role of its own in the history of American theater, being an important modern example of a large-scale, all-black Broadway musical. The Mustang Players and the Westfield High School Theatre Department presented the musical in October and November 2016 in the Westfield High School Performing Arts Center.