Battle Ground, Prairie high schools’ drama programs win state awards

Maddie Breaux and Mallorie MendozaCongratulations to the Battle Ground and Prairie high school drama programs, which were among the 17 schools to receive awards at the annual 5th Avenue Theatre Awards in Seattle! The event honors excellence in high school musicals and is one of—if not the most—anticipated nights of the year for high school theater programs across the state of Washington.

Prairie High School’s Mallorie Mendoza (pictured on the right) received the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Danielle in “Bring It On: The Musical.”

Battle Ground High School was one of just four schools in Washington to take home multiple awards. Senior Maddie Breaux (pictured on the left) received the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as Jo March in “Little Women,” and the BGHS Drama Club was also recognized with the Outstanding Stage Crew award for the same production. By winning the award for actress in a leading role, Breaux has the opportunity to travel to the National High School Musical Theater Awards (the Jimmy Awards) in New York City on June 24.

“Words cannot adequately express how immensely proud I am of our incredible drama program,” said Stephan “Cash” Henry, BGHS’ drama teacher. “These awards are the state championships for high school theater in the State of Washington, and these kids are continuing to make the BG community proud.” The awards were presented at The 5th Avenue Theatre, where more than 2,000 teenagers, many in costumes representing their schools’ musical theater productions, cheered for their peers as they performed musical excerpts and accepted awards honoring top student achievements in musical theater. The acclaimed event, in its 17th year and directed this year by Kat Ramsburg, handed out awards across 21 categories ranging from Outstanding Overall Musical Production to Outstanding Lobby Display.

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