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Three Students Nominated for 2021 Mancini Awards

Mars Area High School students (from left) Ellie Howell, Meghan McKenzie and Zachary Brunotts are nominated for 2021 Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards.Three cast members of Mars Area High School’s spring production of Mamma Mia! are nominated for 2021 Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards.

Senior Ellie Howell, who portrayed Donna Sheridan, and junior Meghan McKenzie, who played Sophie Sheridan, are both nominated for Best Actress. Senior Zachary Brunotts, who took on the role of Bill Austin, is nominated for Best Actor. All nominees will be recognized at a virtual 2021 Henry Mancini Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 22.

As the COVID-19 Pandemic limited many schools’ efforts to present musical productions during the 2020-2021 School Year, the typical adjudication by a panel of independent judges and award for group categories will no occur. This year’s competition will only include awards for Best Actor and Best Actress.

Through the sponsorship of the Pittsburgh CLO, the students who win Best Actor and Best Actress will advance to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy Awards), which will be held virtually and broadcast nationwide this summer.

The annual Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards recognize achievement in high school musical theater in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. For more information, call 724) 625-1581.