Klein Oak Fine Arts brought home a Tommy Tune Award April 21 at the 13th annual awards ceremony at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Klein Oak senior Alec Ryan won Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of Lawrence Jamieson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Klein Oak was nominated for awards in 7 categories.
TUTS is sending Ryan to New York City to compete at the national level for the Jimmy Award at the National High School Musical Theater Awards June 29. He will study this fall at Elon University’s BFA Musical Theatre program.
In his acceptance speech, Ryan acknowledged the outstanding mentoring, leadership and collaboration of all the directors in Klein Oak’s Fine Arts program, recognizing Matthew Robinson, Michael Goede, Todd Clearwater, Fayla Curry and Christopher Pruett.
The evening, hosted by Tommy Tune, kicked off with an opening number featuring the Best Leading and Supporting Actor and Actress nominees, including Ryan. Klein Oak was the 2nd school to perform a segment from its show as one of the eight Best Musical nominees. The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels cast performed “The More We Dance.”
The event closed with two students from each of the 45 eligible schools performing Michael Moricz’s original song “Eyes on the Goal,” including Klein Oak seniors Hannah Laird and Coulter Brown. With big smiles and lively choreography, they were a reminder to keep pursuing our artistic dreams.
If you missed this event, you can watch the 2015 Tommy Tune Awards when it airs on Houston’s ABC 13 on Sunday, June 21 at noon.