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Local Students Win Awards at National Theatre Conference

Students from Moss Dance and Performing Arts Academy in Ft. Wright and CCM Preparatory Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory Preparatory Department Junior Musical Theater Intensive Program in Cincinnati won national awards and earned other recognition at the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta, which happened January 13, 14 and 15 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.  

CCM Preparatory Department won a Freddie G Group Award for Excellence in Dance

Moss Dance and Performing Arts Academy student Ben Mitchell won a Freddie G Award for Excellent Individual Performance by a Male.

The iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta is the world’s largest festival for student-driven musical theater programs and a monumental weekend of theatrical fellowship.  The 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta united 6,000+ students and educators from 115 educational musical theater groups representing 28 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New Zealand, South Korea and Australia. 

The Moss Dance and Performing Arts Academy students presented selections from The Music Man JR. for educational consultant for iTheatrics, MTI Show Support advisor and member of the 2005 USA Today All Star Teaching team, Cindy Ripley and composer and music director and performer Rob Rokicki (The Lightening Thief; Love, NY).

“The actors performing the lead roles in Moss Dance and Performing Arts Academy had a great command of the stage," Rokicki said. "I found the ensemble works to be wonderfully expressive. This was a great job on a classic show.” Added Ripley, “This cast gave us an incredible performance of a beloved classic musical! River City came alive with the innovative choreography and acting!”

CCM Preparatory Department presented selections from Singin' in the Rain JR. for dancer, choreographer, theatrical producer and Butler University and Anderson University professor Kenny Shepard and the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta Georgia, Rosemary Newcott.

“Outlandish and eccentric ‘Hollywood types’ kept us laughing and smiling with a tribute to Debbie Reynolds and the genre of the film," said Shepard. "Their production was spiritual, touching, and sincere!”

Moss Dance and Performing Arts Ben Mitchell and Ellie O'Hara and CCM Preparatory Department’s Ethan Marx and Tayler Towles were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of outstanding performers attending the festival. The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 6,000 festival attendees.

-Staff report

Photos by James Barker (provided)

Top photo: “Excellent Individual Performance by a Male – Moss Dance and Performing Arts Academy”, student Ben Mitchell and Ken Cerniglia, Disney Theatrical Group dramaturg and literary manager

Slideshow Images & Captions: 
“Excellence in Dance – CCM Preparatory Department” from left: music director and performer Brad Simmons (“Camp”, Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones), student Jackson Higgason, educator Rebecca Childs, Cindy Ripley, educational consultant for iTheatrics, MTI Show Support advisor and member of the 2005 USA Today All Star Teaching team