Greenfield — Whitnall High School was nominated for fifteen Tommy awards by the Overture Center for the Arts and won two spirit awards for their performance of "8 Track: The Sounds of the 70s" last November.
According to director Tom Weissgerber, these nominations signify that Whitnall has "the highest high standards of theatre arts education."
The fifteen nominations include recognitions for outstanding ensemble, outstanding direction, outstanding musical direction, outstanding choreography, and multiple nominations for design including overall design, set, lighting, costume, and sound design. Students Matt Peplinski, Grant Singer, Lee Jerico Atadero, and Sara Peplinski were nominated as outstanding student performers and both Brett Martinez and Hannah Carter were nominated for outstanding stage management.
In addition, Tess Polacheck, one of the main soloists, and Andrew Pietroske, the student technical director, both received the spirit award for their work in the show.
The spirit award, is "a peer-selected award given to the student who displays the spirit of the Tommy awards: hard working, inspirational to their fellow cast/crew mates, and encourage others," according to the Overture Center's website.
The Tommy Awards program recognizes outstanding musical performances in high schools throughout Wisconsin. Schools who participate in the program register their musical for review and three independent reviewers attend the performance to critique the show based on a pre-determined rubric that also includes nominations for Tommy Awards.
Afterward, the school receives the reviewers' comments. Later, in May, the Overture Center announces the winners of the Tommy Awards.
In the past three years that Whitnall High School has been a part of the program, they have received multiple nominations and awards, including winning best musical for their production of "Once On This Island" in 2015.
Whitnall's next musical performance will be "Rock of Ages" this spring.