McAllen ISD wins 7 trophies at Palm Awards

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MCALLEN, Texas – McAllen ISD students earned seven trophies at the second annual Palms Awards – a celebration of high school theatre in the Rio Grande Valley. The McAllen High musical, Newsies, took home five awards – the most of any musical – Saturday at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. 

Leading all musicals with 11 nominations, Newsies won for:

  • Best Production of a Musical
  • Best Actor in a Lead Role in a Musical – Diego Rodriguez
  • Best Ensemble in a Musical
  • Best Choreography of a Musical
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical  

James “Nikki” Rowe High’s musical production, Anything Goes, won two awards for Best Actress in a Lead Role in a Musical – Briana Amaya and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Maia Giometa. It’s the second straight year for Amaya to win a Palms Award.  

McAllen ISD had 32 nominations from three musicals and two plays. The Palms recognizes outstanding performers in the high school theatre community.  

Below is a list of the nominations and winners for McAllen ISD: 

McAllen High Musical Newsies (11 nominations)  

11 nominations – The most of any musical!
5 Wins – The most of any musical!
Best Production of a Musical – WINNER
Best Actor in a Lead Role in a Musical – Diego Rodriguez – WINNER
Best Ensemble in a Musical – WINNER
Best Choreography of a Musical – WINNER
Best Lighting Design of a Musical – WINNER
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Alexa Ramirez
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Sean Solis
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Cinco Hernandez
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Technical Crew of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical 

Rowe High Musical Anything Goes (five nominations)
Best Actress in a Lead Role in a Musical – Briana Amaya – WINNER
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Maia Giometa – WINNER
Best Production of a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Choreography of a Musical 

Memorial High Musical Sister Act (five nominations)
Best Production of A Musical
Best Actress in a Lead Role in a Musical – Kimberly Maldonaldo
Best Ensemble in a Musical
Best Technical Crew of a Musical
Best Choreography of a Musical 

McAllen High Play Luchahora (nine nominations)
Best Production in a Play
Best Actress in a Leading Role – Alejandra Tamez
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play – Diego Rodriguez
Best Ensemble in a Play
Best Featured Performer in a Play – Emmry Hornaday
Best Sound Design of a Play
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Best Costume Design of a Play 

Rowe High Play Noises Off (two nominations)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play – Belinda Zuniga
Best Featured Performer in a Play – Karla Santill

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