Congratulations to the cast and crew of the WHS Players Production of “The Little Mermaid” on their 14 Jerry Award nominations! The show was performed November 21-24, 2019, involving more than 60 cast, technical crew, and pit band members. The plot involved Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, who wished to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain was not what it seemed, and Ariel needed the help of her colorful friends to restore order under the sea.
“The Jerry Awards encourages, recognizes, and honors excellence in high school musical theater. Educators and industry professionals review productions at more than 85 high schools in 30 counties around the state providing valuable feedback. School and student achievements are honored and featured in an awards show held at the Overture Center in June, and two outstanding performers are selected to represent the program at The National High School Musical Theater Awards (The Jimmys) competition in New York City.” Last year, Whitewater High School’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee” won Outstanding Musical, and Lauren Harkness was selected to represent the state in New York City.
Jerry Award nominations are based on three adjudicators’ reviews and recommendations. Winners will be announced in May after all competing high school productions have been evaluated. Winners will be honored at the Overture Center in early June.
Please congratulate the nominees below as well as the rest of the cast and crew for their outstanding contributions to the production.
2019-2020 Jerry Award Nominations from Whitewater High School
Outstanding Lead Performance:
Lauren Harkness, Ariel
Carter Waelchli, Ursula
Henry Bresser, Sebastian
Ella Willman, Scuttle
Chris Porcaro, King Triton
Outstanding Supporting Performance:
Anderson Waelchli, Flounder
Sophie Mayer, Chef Louis
Outstanding Direction- Jim McCulloch
Outstanding Stage Management- Josie Hintz, Hailey Long, Emma Van Daele
Outstanding Overall Design
Outstanding Set Design- Jim McCulloch, Kat Dunham
Outstanding Costume Design- Karen McCulloch, Deborah Blackwell
Outstanding Lighting Design- Jim McCulloch
Outstanding Sound Design- Tony Hansen
For more information on the Jerry Awards, visit https://www.overture.org/programs/jerry-awards
Photo Credit: Tom Ganser