MSA Theatre Wins Gold at Lenaea Festival

Students also win awards for Monologues, Duo scenes and Musical Theatre

MSA_Group_Lenaea_2016It was a remarkable weekend for the Marin School of the Arts Theatre Program with students winning multiple awards at Lenaea Theatre Festival Feb. 6-7. The Novato High School-based arts program earned Gold for its One Act version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. Also winning Gold were Jordan Ford for his Monologue with Richard III and Haley Skinner and Julian O’Bryne for their Duo Scene from Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches.

The annual high school festival, celebrating its’ 60th year, is designed to advance high school theatre art students’ education by providing opportunities to strengthen, promote and share artistic skills within an interactive and supportive educational environment. Fifty-five high schools from across Northern California participate, representing thousands of performing arts students in theatre, musical theatre and dance.

“Our theatre students put in a tremendous number of hours practicing and workshopping their scenes. Rodney Franz prepared them well and it is no wonder they performed so wonderfully at Lenaea,” said MSA Director Peter Ornstein.

MSA Theatre students also won awards in other categories, including Silver awards to Lucy London for Musical Theatre with “Mr. Snow” from Carousel and Talia Friedenberg for Monologue with her portrayal of Lady Anne in Richard III.
Winning Bronze were Blaize Adler-Ivanbrook and Willow Orthwein for Scenes category in William Shakespeare’s Othello and Lucy London again in Musical Theatre for her overall work in “Mr. Snow” from Carousel.

Director, Rodney Franz, enthused, “It was a great weekend. We are very proud of our students. We had so much fun. We saw so many talented performers and we also had a ball working with the respondents and making new friends.”

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