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The stars have shone brightly on the Kenan Auditorium stage, and the Triangle Rising Stars Awards program has once again taken notice. Durham Academy seniors Ellie Dusek, Lily Tendler and Niall Schroder have been selected as finalists for the Best Actor/Actress categories of the Durham Performing Arts Center-sponsored program, and the school's production of She Loves Me has been selected as one of four finalists for Best Musical.
Dusek, who portrayed Ilona Ritter in She Loves Me; Tendler, who portrayed Amalia Balash; and Schroder, who portrayed Georg Nowack, are among 10 actresses and 10 actors chosen from those who performed in school musicals throughout central and eastern North Carolina.
The 20 finalists will all participate in a weekend retreat, culminating in a showcase event at the DPAC on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. In addition to performances by the finalists, the event also serves as an awards show — with honors given for Best Musical, Best Ensemble, Best Actress and Best Actor.
Tickets for the showcase event are available on the DPAC website and are $10 online.
The show is the culmination of a four-month audition period in which representatives of the judging panel attended musicals around the Triangle, reviewed DVDs from the performances and evaluated in-person auditions. The Best Actor and Best Actress winners will be offered the opportunity to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City and will earn $1,000 academic scholarships.