Guys & Dolls Wins 2014 Tommy Tune for Best Costume Design

The company of Klein Oak’s Guys & Dolls brought home a Tommy Tune Award for Best Costume Design at the 12th annual awards ceremony at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on April 16.

Kylee Ward (Costume Crew Head) and Ashley Osorio (Costume Assistant Head) accepted the award with a speech recognizing the leadership of Klein Oak Theatre Booster Club parents who supported their creative process throughout design and execution. Ward acknowledged the outstanding mentoring, support and collaboration of all the directors in Klein Oak’s Fine Arts program. The Guys & Dolls Costume Crew consisted of Ward, Osorio and Trinity Ellison (Costume Assistant Head).

Klein Oak was nominated for 16 awards in the 15 categories .

In addition to the Tony-awards-style ceremony, the evening featured many noteworthy performances. Tommy Tune kicked off the show with a new arrangement of “We’ll Raise A Glass Together” from his hit show Grand Hotel. Mr. Tune was joined on-stage with all the nominees for Best Leading Actor and Actress as well as Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Representing Klein Oak High School were Best Leading Actor nominees Jake Maeker (Nathan Detroit) and Alec Michael Ryan (Sky Masterson), Best Leading Actress nominees Brooke Shaw (Miss Adelaide) and Sarah Holevinski (Sarah Brown), and Best Supporting Actor nominee Michael DeBose (Nicely Nicely Johnson).

Other memorable acts included performances from each of the eight nominees in the Best Musical category, musical medleys with each of this year’s Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress nominees, and a grand finale including two students from each participating school. Benton Burnett and Elizabeth Teare represented Klein Oak High School in the finale.

Maeker performed “The Oldest Established” with the eight men in the Best Leading Actor’s medley, and Ryan performed “I’ve Never Been in Love Before.” Shaw and Holevinski performed their duet “Marry the Man Today” with the eight women in the Best Leading Actress medley.

In a recap of the event, Broadwayworld.com described Klein Oak’s Tommy Tune performance : “The Best Musical Nominee cast of Klein Oak High School’s production of Guys & Dolls performed a charismatic rendition of “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.” This huge ensemble blended their voices well and sold the number by having a blast performing it.” For the full article, see Broadwayworld.com .

“Each year the level of talent we see in the local high schools just gets better and better. The students from across our city are producing some truly amazing pieces of theatre, and TUTS could not be more proud to host this awards program to give a platform for these students and their work,” said John Breckenridge, TUTS President and CEO.

The 2014 Tommy Tune Awards closed with a marvelous rendition of Michael Moricz’s original song “Eyes on the Goal.” Two joyful students from each of the 45 award-eligible schools performed, including Burnett and Teare from Klein Oak, and reminded everyone to follow their dreams.

For the 2014 Tommy Tune Awards, a panel of 29 Houston-based theatre professionals carefully reviewed and evaluated the 45 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2013-14 school year. Collectively, they made 151 nominations in 15 categories.

Click here for a complete list of award winners .

If you missed this dazzling event, you can watch the 2014 Tommy Tune Awards when it airs on Houston’s ABC 13 on June 28, 2014. Set your DVRs to record!