• ‘RENT’ Nominated as Outstanding Overall Production


    Westminster High School’s production of RENT has received 8 prestigious Bobby G Nominations, the high school equivalent to Broadway’s Tony Awards. The nominations included Outstanding Overall Production and Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

    Senior Lea Schoengarth played the role of Mimi Marquez in the production. “I’m so excited that I get to represent my school and the production in such a positive way,” she said. “RENT is all about people supporting one another and that’s what we do at Westy.”

    Director Andre Rodriguez was nominated for Best Director for the third consecutive year and praised his students for their hard work, taking note that some of his kids come from challenging backgrounds. “Struggle and adversity are universal,” he said, “but so is hope, resilience and heart.”

    The awards ceremony is on May 28th at the Buell Theater and will feature performances from Westminster High School and the four other schools nominated for Outstanding Overall Production. The other finalists are Cherokee Trail High School’s The Addams Family, Durango’s Les Misérables, Fairview’s Anything Goes and Mountain View’s Aida.

    This year’s competition was expanded to include schools from across the state of Colorado, meaning the competition was even more intense.


    The Nominations for WHS are:

    Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
    RENT, Westminster John Kirk and Travis Roth

    Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design
    RENT, Westminster Brandon PT Davis, Peter Lutz and Trenton Wright

    Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
    RENT, Westminster Rachel Ilk, Starr Palmer and Lea Schoengarth

    Outstanding Performance by a Chorus
    RENT, Westminster

    Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
    RENT, Westminster, Jairo Guerrero, Angel Dumont

    Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
    Rent, Westminster, Lea Schoengarth, Mimi Marquez

    Outstanding Achievement in Direction
    Rent, Westminster, Andre` Rodriguez

    Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical
    Rent, Westminster

    Special Achievement Award Winners:

    Achievement in Leadership
    Rent, Westminster, Gabriella Bailey

    Click here to see a behind the scenes look at the production of RENT that shows all of the thought, hard work and energy that goes into making a first class production.

    The Bobby G Awards are named after late theatre producer Robert Garner, who made was an advocate for the Denver theater scene and worked to make sure that touring Broadway productions always stopped in Colorado.

    The complete list of nominees and details about the Bobby G Awards can be found here.

    Posted May 7, 2015