There were plenty of chances to thank mom Sunday on Mother’s Day as high school musical and drama performers accepted the Community Theatre League’s Ray of Light Awards on stage at the Community Arts Center.
Hollywood came to Williamsport as students from several area schools were recognized for outstanding achievements in the performing arts at the fifth annual event, which showcases performers’ talents through song, dance and stage.
A red carpet gala greeted students dressed in tuxedos and dresses as they made their way into the arts center.
Featured musical numbers were interspersed between award presentations.
Of the 20 awards given, Central Mountain High School and Shikellamy High School each won six.
It wasn’t all about winning, however.
“There is so much talent in this room,” said Ellen Boyer, director of Shikellamy’s “Is There a Comic in the House” and “Me and My Girl.”
She said every student enjoys the feeling of performing and every parent feels the pride they have in their children.
“Take with you the lessons you learned on the stage around the valley,” Boyer said.
Community Theatre League founder Andree Phillips said her late husband Ray, an educator and actor for whom the award is named after, would be pleased.
“Seeing all these talented teenagers would have made him so happy and so proud,” she said.
Community Arts Center Executive Director Rob Steele said the event is a prime example of the benefits that students get from performing in schools.
“Make sure you go back to your schools far and wide and continue to lobby for the support of arts in education. Tell them the great things that happen to students when they are exposed to the arts,” he said.
Steele thanked the CTL for its work in putting on the show.
“They are a small organization, but they are a mighty organization,” he said.
Students from 12 area high schools were nominated for awards, including Central Mountain, Hughesville, Jersey Shore, Loyalsock Township, Midd-West, Milton, Montoursville, Montgomery, Muncy, Shikellamy, South Williamsport and Williamsport.
The event will be broadcast at 8 p.m. May 19 on WENP2.
2013 Ray of Light Awards winners
Best performance by a featured actor in a play: Kemah Armes, Midd-West, for “Treasure Island.”
Best performance by a supporting actor in a musical: Zachery Hosterman, Central Mountain for “Young Frankenstein.”
Best vocal performance by an ensemble of a musical: Milton, for “Hello Dolly!”
Best performance by a featured actress in a musical: Delilah Heverly, Central Mountain, for “Young Frankenstein.”
Student design award: Dylan Cox, Central Mountain, for “Young Frankenstein.”
Best performance by a featured actor in a musical: Andru McCusker, Loyalsock Township, for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Best performance by a supporting actress in a play: Shelby Snyder, Shikellamy, for “Is There a Comic in the House?”
Best performance by a lead actor in a play: Austin Boroch, Montoursville, for “The Crucible.”
Best performance by a supporting actress in a musical: Kali Haines, Central Mountain, for “Young Frankenstein.”
Best choreography execution: Shikellamy, for “My and My Girl.”
Best performance by a featured actress in a play: Amanda Hibbler, Central Mountain, for “Christmas Belles.”
Best performance by a supporting actor in a play: Hayden Doty, Hughesville, for “Twelve Angry Jurors.”
Best performance by a lead actress in a play: Kelsi-Quinn Miller, Shikellamy, for “Is There a Comic in the House?”
Best performance by a lead actress in a musical: Samantha Rohrer, Milton, for “Hello Dolly!”
Ray of Light award: South Williamsport
Best performance by a lead actor in a musical: Ben Shemory, Shikellamy, for “Me and My Girl.”
Best play: Montoursville, for “The Crucible.”
Best small scale musical: Central Mountain, for “Young Frankenstein.”
Best large scale musical: Shikellamy, for “Me and My Girl.”
Ray Phillips Memorial Trophy for Best Dramatic Program: Shikellamy.