2014 California High School Musical Honors

SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Valley Christian High School swept past the competition at the California High School Musical Honors on Monday night, earning four of the six awards on the evening co-hosted by CMT San Jose and Broadway San Jose.

Director Matt DeMerritt, who had been in the audience of the awards presentation 10 years earlier as a rookie director, noted, that when he saw Into the Woods on stage that year, it inspired him. That inspiration paid off, as Tyler Reynolds, who played Baker and Abby McLachlan, who played Baker's Wife, both earned spots at the national Jimmy Awards in New York City. The duo will represent the region on Broadway for a week-long intensive workshop, culminating in the Jimmy's, June 30 at the Minskoff Theatre.

Fellow VCHS performer Alexis Garrett was named the Outstanding Supporting Actress, while the trio was a part of the final award for Best Overall Production. Marin School of the Arts earned the Fan Favorite Award, while St. Ignatius College Prep's Scott Serrato, who played Riff in West Side Story, was named the Most Outstanding Supporting Actor.

Into the Woods closed out the night with the night's top award, presented by Broadway artist Michael Balderrama, one of three judges on the evening. Balderrama noted that those on Broadway “all started with nights like tonight.” Other judges included multi-facet artist, Lorna Emata Goodwin and national producer, choreographer and director Andy Ferrara

From a group of six finalists of actors and actresses, Reynolds and McLachlan performed a short number as part of a second act that featured medleys from all six performers. Each gender group received standing ovations when they were introduced and when they finished. As the spotlight shone on each artist, the other five performers sat in black director chairs on stage before the boisterous crowd at the Center for Performing Arts in downtown San Jose.

“Thank you so much. I did not expect this at all,” said Reynolds. “Everyone on this stage deserved to win this award. These are just so talented people to be with.” For McLachlan, she credited her fellow performers, stating that “we fight like sisters and we love like sisters.”

In between the Best Actor and Best Actress performances, the Novato school earned the audience's top pick, after closing out the first act with a combination of juggling, flips, jumps, dives and spins as part of its production of Hello, Dolly! It was one of six ensembles in the first act, from Archbishop Mitty, Franklin High, St. Ignatius College Prep., St. Joseph Notre Dame, MSOA and VCHS.

 

CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL HONORS WINNERS

Presented by CMT San Jose and Broadway SJ

Outstanding Overall Production, Valley Christian HS, Into the Woods
Outstanding Actor, Tyler Reynolds, Valley Christian HS, Into the Woods
Outstanding Actress, Abby McLachlan, Valley Christian HS, Into the Woods
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Scott Serrato, St. Ignatius College Prep., West Side Story
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Alexis Garrett, Valley Christian HS, Into the Woods
Fan Favorite, Marin School of the Arts, Hello, Dolly!

List of Nominees






Outstanding Overall Production      
  Franklin HS King and I    
  Valley Christian HS Into the Woods    
  Archbishop Mitty HS Spamalot    
  St. Joseph Notre Dame HS In the Heights    
  St. Ignatius College Prep West Side Story    
  Marin School of the Arts Hello Dolly    
Outstanding Actor      
  Valley Christian HS Into the Woods (Red) Baker Tyler Reynolds
  Franklin HS King and I King Navaz Khan
  Coalinga HS Zombie Prom Johnny Issac Lucero
  St. Ignatius College Prepatory West Side Story Tony Max Realyvasquez
  St. Joseph Notre Dame HS In the Heights Usnavi Ruben Souza
  Valley Christian HS Into the Woods (White) Baker Mitchel Mayes
Outstanding Actress      
  Franklin High School King and I Anna Jaelle Laguerre
  Archbishop Mitty HS Spamalot Lady of the Lake Myha'la Harold
  Archbishop Mitty HS Legally Blonde Elle Woods Maddie Ballard
  Marin School of the Arts Hello Dolly Dolly Levi Cierra Potter
  Valley Christian HS Into the Woods (White) Baker's Wife Abby McLachlan
  Frontier High School Shrek Fiona Kelsea Johnson
Outstanding Supporting Actor      
  Pioneer Valley High School Once on this Island Tonton Aldrin Ysip
  Archbishop Mitty HS Spamalot Mr. Everything Trent Brunngraber
  Nipomo HS Spelling Bee Chip Taylor Chambers
  St. Ignatius College Prepatory West Side Story Riff Scott Serrato
  Piedmont Hills HS Beauty & the Beast Gaston Jeffrey Bui
  Los Gatos HS All Shook Up Dennis Aran Gaffney
Outstanding Supporting Actress      
  Valley Christian HS Into the Woods (Red) Cinderella Alexis Garrett
  St. Joseph Notre Dame HS In the Heights Daniella Daniela Chaparro
  St. Ignatius College Prepatory West Side Story Anita Alanna Johnson
  Franklin HS King and I Tuptim Chinmayee Balachandra
  Valley Christian HS Into the Woods (Red) Lil Red  Alyssa Texieria
  Marin School of the Arts  Hello Dolly Irene Malloy Emma Palace

Schools Competing at CPA in San Jose

Archbishop Mitty HS (San Jose), Legally Blonde, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Spamalot
Coalinga HS (Coalinga), Zombie Prom
Franklin HS (Elk Grove), The King and I
Frontier HS (Bakersfield), Shrek The Musical
Los Gatos High (Los Gatos), All Shook Up
Marin School of the Arts (Novato), Hello Dolly!
Nipomo HS (Nipomo), Spelling Bee
Piedmont Hills HS (San Jose), Beauty and the Beast
Pioneer Valley HS (Santa Maria), Once on This Island
St. Ignatius College Prepatory (San Francisco), West Side Story
St. Joseph Notre Dame HS (Alameda), In the Heights
Valley Christian HS (San Jose), Into the Woods

Full list of the schools competing in 2014

Archbishop Mitty High (San Jose), Legally Blonde, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Spamalot
Coalinga High (Coalinga), Zombie Prom
Davis Senior High (Davis), Pippin
Franklin High (Elk Grove), The King and I
Frontier High (Bakersfield), Shrek The Musical
Irvington High (Fremont), Anything Goes
Leland High (San Jose), Once Upon a Mattress
Los Gatos High (Los Gatos), All Shook Up
Marin School of the Arts (Novato), Hello Dolly!
Marysville High (Marysville), Hair Spray
Mission College Prepatory Catholic High (SLO), White Christmas
Monte Vista Christian School (Watsonville), Leap of Faith
Nipomo High (Nipomo), Spelling Bee
Paso Robles High (Paso Robles), Hair Spray
Piedmont Hills High (San Jose), Beauty and the Beast
Pioneer Valley High (Santa Maria), Once on This Island
Rocklin High (Rocklin), Seussical
San Luis Obispo High (SLO), Legally Blonde
St. Ignatius College Prepatory (San Francisco), West Side Story
St. Joseph Notre Dame High (Alameda), In the Heights
The Harker School (San Jose), The Wedding Singer
Valley Christian High (San Jose), Into the Woods
Woodcreek High (Roseville), Footloose