In the 14th Annual National Youth Arts (NYA) Awards, more than 700 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from 240 different members spanning 17 states, Canada and the United Kingdom. This year's awardees were selected from nominations by a panel of more than 50 judges and reviewers.
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play:
Sydney Gerlach ’20 as Arturo Ui in “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”
Eliana Birnbaum-Nahl ’23 as Stage Manager in “Our Town”
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical:
Catarina Paul ’19 as Cosette in “Les Misérables”
Olivia Weise ’21 as Eponine in “Les Misérables”
Jonathan Zau ’19 as Javert in “Les Misérables”
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play:
Gabe Worstell ’20 as Giuseppe Givola in “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”
Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical:
Gabe Worstell ’20 as Enjolras in “Les Misérables”
“The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”
Nathan Emmons for “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”
Meanwhile, the Broadway San Diego Awards nominated Olivia Wiese ’21 for Best Actress for her work and performance in the role of Eponine in “Les Misérables.” Focusing on celebrating excellence in high school musical theater, this event serves as a regional competition for the National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. Each of the more than 30 regions across the U.S. sends their champions to New York for a week of intensive training.
The 2019 Broadway San Diego Awards competition event was held on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the Balboa Theatre, and featured 10 finalists in the Best Actor and 10 finalists in the Best Actress categories for their portrayal of leading roles in their school’s musical theater production.
For the competition, Olivia prepared a two-minute version of a song from her nominated performance and another two-minute piece not from “Les Misérables.”