Thespians Recognized by Theatre Academy

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Congratulations to Syosset High School’s Templar Wright and Maxwell Herman, who were recently honored at the Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, held at the Beacon School in Manhattan in May. Templar received one of two full scholarships awarded by the American Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA) for her portrayal of Éponine in the school’s recent production of “Les Misérables.” Maxwell was named a finalist in the Roger Ress Awards Best Actor category for his role as Jean Valjean in the same production.

Through the AMTA scholarship, Templar will train in New York City and London at the ATMA’s musical theatre one-year preparatory program beginning in September.

The Rogers Rees showcase, hosted by Tim Federle (co-writer of “Tuck Everlasting”), featured 35 students who had played leading roles in 26 high school productions held throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island and Westchester. This was the first time that Syosset High School participated in the awards competition, which honors the late, beloved Olivier and Tony award-winning actor Roger Rees.

Templar and Max performed on stage in an ensemble other nominees during the Rees showcase. Nominees were taped in New York City and judged by a panel of well-known artists and composers. The panel included Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, Tony Award-nominated actor Rob McClure and Ruthlyn Salomons, dance supervisor for “The Lion King.”
Syosset High School’s production of “Les Misérables” was perfromed by the school’s Association for Creative Thespians with direction by Gene Connor and vocal direction by Kristin Howell.