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First-ever Syracuse High School Theatre Awards brings hundreds of students to downtown

On Saturday, the Landmark Theatre opens its doors to the first-ever Syracuse High School Theatre Awards.

In all, 24 schools from throughout Central New York are participating in the awards show, and will be bringing students in droves to downtown Syracuse.

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“I think it is a wonderful way to acknowledge all the hard work high school students do every year January through March,” said Anne Jamison, music director at Bishop Ludden. “Hours and hours go into this and it’s nice for everyone to be recognized.”

Joanna Kufs, the dramatic director and vocal music teacher at Moravia High School, said she’s expecting about 70 people to make the hour drive to Syracuse for the awards.

“The parents and community are excited because we’re a small town that doesn’t get a lot of recognition especially in the city,” she said. “We’re out in the boonies.”

The show Saturday will feature performances by students from seven schools: Manlius Pebble Hill, Cato-Meridian Senior High School, Oswego High School, Fayetteville-Manlius High School, William Nottingham High School, Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School and Waterville Jr./Sr. High School.

Michele Koziara is chair of the performing arts department at Manlius Pebble Hill. Her school put on a production of “Cabaret” earlier this year. They will perform the show’s opening number at the awards show.

“We’re bringing everyone we have,” she said. “We’re not large but everyone is going.”

The event is co-sponsored by and the Landmark Theatre.

If you go:

Where: Landmark Theatre at 362 South Salina St.
When: Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
How much: Tickets are $10 and on sale at the Landmark Theatre Box Office or by phone at 315-475-7979.


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