Visual and Performing Arts Students Reach New Heights at the Apollo Award Ceremony
On Sunday, May 19, Milton Hershey School students and staff attended the Apollo Awards at the Hershey Theatre.
Sophomore Tala Lahr and junior Brittany Straiton were awarded the Spirit of Theater award. Tala and Brittany were nominated and chosen for their contribution and dedication to the behind-the-scenes work for the production of Dracula and Beauty and the Beast respectively.
To make the evening even more special, Tala was assigned to sit in Mr. Hershey’s seat at the Hershey Theatre. Sitting in the same seat that one of our founders once sat in so frequently allowed a chance to reflect on his vision and the inspiration he has given so many students.
Sylas Smith and Makeda Wilson received nominations in the category of Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical for their performances in Beauty and the Beast. Kenny Carpio-Lazio and Angelo Santiago earned honorable mentions in the categories of Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical respectively.
Sponsored by the Hershey Theatre and a number of other local organizations, the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards were created to recognize outstanding achievement by high school students in their musical and play productions. The ceremony was modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards to inspire young playwrights, artists, and performers to continue chasing their passions.