Paw Paw High School's "Curtains" wins seven awards for LMC's WAVE ceremony

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- Lake Michigan College’s Visual & Performing Arts Department presented its inaugural WAVE Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre on Tuesday. Paw Paw High School’s production, “Curtains: Student Edition”, took home seven of the 14 awards possible.

Held at the Mendel Center Mainstage on the Benton Harbor campus, the awards ceremony featured presenters including LMC President Dr. Trevor Kubatzke, LMC Theatre Instructor Pat King and several others. 

Special guest Laura Boyd of the New York City production of "Hamilton" joined the event virtually to help present the award for Outstanding Musical Production. 

The award ceremony started with red carpet arrivals and was interspersed with several music performances by the nominees. 

The awards Paw-Paw High school received were:

  • Outstanding Set Design in a Musical-Isabella Hameed & Kristofer M. Perkins
  • Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical-Kristofer M. Perkins
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical-Jaxon Curry
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical-Abelardo Muñoz
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical-Madison Vogel & Sierra Loughrin
  • Outstanding Musical Production

Other winning productions included Bridgman’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress: Youth Edition”, Dowagiac’s “Ranked: The Musical”, and St. Joseph’s “The Sound of Music”.

All nominees also received Red Hawk Scholarship from LMC, applicable to any three-credit course taken within the next four academic years.

“Curtains”’s two lead actors, Vogel and Loughrin, also received $1,000 WAVE Awar Scholarships to take part in LMC Visual & Performing Arts coursework.

"We want to foster the talent of these students and give them even more opportunities to learn and grow while building a sense of community in the arts that lasts well beyond high school," said LMC Dean of Arts & Sciences Kristopher Zook. 

For more information on the annual WAVE Awards or to see how your school can participate, you can visit their application portal or call the Visual & Performing Arts office at 269-927-8876. 

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