KHS Drama recognized for outstanding performances

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(From KHS Drama)
The Knoxville High School Drama Department has received the following honors through the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards, presented by EMC Insurance for its March production of ROCK OF AGES: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION

Special Recognition for Community Engagement
Special Recognition for Performance in a Principal Role: Katelynn Collins as Sherrie Christian, Lane Franck as Drew Boley and Riley Newendorp as Lonny Barnett.

Due to COVID-19, Des Moines Performing Arts earlier announced that the 2020 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase scheduled for June 1, 2020 at the Des Moines Civic Center has been canceled.

In this unprecedented time of social distancing, theaters ranging from Broadway to high school auditoriums are dark across the country. In addition to impacting the year-end IHSMTA Showcase, a significant number of participating school productions were unable to be performed as scheduled due to school closures.

Despite these challenges, the IHSMTA program remains committed to supporting students and drama programs across the state during this time.

“It is important to uplift all 86 schools in the program, regardless of whether they had the opportunity to perform their shows for their school communities,” said Education Program Coordinator Sarah Florian.

To that end, a special Digital IHSMTA Showcase has been launched online. It features videos, photo galleries and other special content from schools and students from across the state, with new content added regularly.

The IHSMTA Digital Showcase can be accessed at the link on our website, which includes the full list of awards and honors for this season and the Virtual Stage.

“We hope the Digital IHSMTA Showcase can serve as a virtual stage for Iowa’s talented and hardworking theater students,” said Florian.

Knoxville Director Heidi Feldman is beyond proud of her student cast and crew and is very grateful for her team of community volunteers who work tirelessly to make KHS Drama productions special for our students and the audiences. There is definite theatre magic with this team, and she looks forward to producing more quality theatre and theatre education in the future in Knoxville.

She is also thankful the 2020 Cast and Crew were able to perform their show before COVID-19, many districts were not as lucky. She is so glad this group of students were able to finish what they started and that the 2020 Seniors were able to fully complete their high school careers with KHS Drama.