A Fiddler (W)on the Roof

Our musical was nominated for the Tommy’s. Sounds crazy, no? But in our little village of Franklin, you might say every one of us is a winner, trying to win a state award without getting last place. It isn’t easy. You may ask, why do we still try if it’s so difficult? We stay because Franklin is our home… And how do we win the awards? That I can tell you in one word… Tradition.

The Tommy Awards are a competition for high school musicals in Wisconsin. If you know what the Tony Awards are, the Tommy Awards are very similar to that competition. Franklin High School was not just nominated in one category. No, we were nominated for awards in every category, sometimes multiple times. There are 15 categories that performers, managers, and sections can be hired to help in. We were nominated in each category, for a total of 25 nominations Here were all the categories performers and managers were nominated in:

Sam Pike – Outstanding Lead Performance

Brandon Heath – Outstanding Lead Performance

Jackson Rehm – Outstanding Lead Performance

Simrah Awan – Outstanding Lead Performance

Alexis Cimoch – Outstanding Lead Performance

Larissa Stenglein – Outstanding Supporting Performance

Hailey Hentz – Outstanding Supporting Performance

Emma Brockman – Outstanding Supporting Performance

CJ Nielson – Outstanding Dance Performance

Stepahnie Nielson – Outstanding Dance Performance

Stacylyn Polewczynski – Outstanding Dance Performance

Grace Pugh – Outstanding Dance Performance

Emma Brockman – Outstanding Dance Performance

Mikayla Bell & Katelyn Schmitt – Outstanding Stage Management

Colleen Jaskulski, Cameron Brockman, & Megan Murray – Outstanding Costume Design

Richard Gould – Outstanding Direction

Allison Umhoefer & Jamie Schlecht – Outstanding Musical Direction

Amy Cowell – Outstanding Choreography

Steven Krause – Outstanding Scenic Design

Steven Krause – Outstanding Lighting Design

Steven Krause – Outstanding Sound Design

Outstanding Overall Design

Outstanding Ensemble

Outstanding Orchestra

Outstanding Musical

However, we were not just nominated for some of these categories. We won in 9 of those categories we were nominated for. Here are the categories with their winners:

Brandon Heath – Outstanding Lead Performance

Hailey Hentz – Outstanding Supporting Performance

Emma Brockman – Outstanding Supporting Performance

Allison Umhoefer & Jamie Schlecht – Outstanding Musical Direction

Steven Krause – Outstanding Scenic Design

Steven Krause – Outstanding Lighting Design

Steven Krause – Outstanding Sound Design

Outstanding Overall Design

Outstanding Orchestra

Congratulations to all performers who were nominated, and congratulations to all performers who won in the categories!

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