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North Fort Myers’ ‘Anything Goes’ is 2023 HSMTA Outstanding Overall Production runner-up


The High School Musical Theatre Awards took place last night at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Started in 2008 by Barbara Mann GM Scott Saxson, the High School Musical Theatre Awards celebrate local high school actors, orchestras, their musical productions and the hard work those students do every year.

Eight schools participated in the event. Bishop Verot Catholic High School, Bonita Springs High School, Canterbury School, Cypress Lake High School, Ida S. Baker High School, Island Coast High School, Lehigh Senior High School and North Fort Myers High School each performed scenes and/or medleys from the musicals they brought to the stage earlier this year.

A six judge panel composed of William Brisky, John Anthony Klinko, Julie Kurtz, Megan Jimenez Leonard, Emily Longoria and Anna McCullers chose North Fort Myers High School’s production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes as this year’s Outstanding Overall Performance runner-up.

Maliyah Mattis was runner-up for Outstanding Performance in a Female-Identifying Role.

North Fort Myers High School also won the Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra award and was runner-up for Outstanding Technical Achievement for Anything Goes.

Under the direction of Janelle Laux, North Fort Myers High theater students receive intensive training in acting, directing, design, and technical theatre. The course of study includes opportunities in acting, voice, and diction, mime and movement, improvisation, directing and playwriting, state make-up, theatre technology, theatre history, vocal techniques, dance, musical theatre, and other classes.

May 5, 2023.


Eight area schools take part in this year’s High School Musical Theatre Awards

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