Student Thespians Take a Bow


By Kimberly O’Brien-Young, Special to the Independent

Even before the awarding of end-of-school year honors, Laguna Beach High School’s drama students also earned accolades during the annual MACY awards earlier this month.

Park Avenue Players performed a four-minute compilation of scenes from their recent production of  “Guys and Dolls” during the June 1 ceremony at Segerstrom Center of the Arts.

The Highest Achievement Award was given to Lucas Connor, Marlie Becker, Tony Davia, and Tatum Moore; bright spot awards were given to Clair Howell, Rufus Barkley, Sam Dameshek and Noah Shucking; special recognition awards were given to Jack Pattillo, and Noah Patillo; achievement awards were given to Connor McCombs and Zane Fair; and outstanding achievement awards went to Tristian Cham and Traer Freeman, all for their roles in “Guys and Dolls.”

The highest Achievement award went to Clair Howell; achievement awards went to Connor McCombs, Noah Pattillo, Tatum Moore, Traer Freeman; and outstanding achievement awards also given to Anya Gourley, Ellie Glade, Marlie Becker, Tessa Mansour and Zane Fair, all for roles in “Little Women.”

The Musical Rhapsody Award was given to Mark Dressler for his commitment to the community and for producing and directing quality musical theater.

Earlier, the student thespians and musicians received a record 11 nominations for JRAY Awards, including for best lighting, best student orchestra, and best ensemble of the year.

Dressler expressed appreciation to the Festival of Arts Foundation for its grants, which enable theatre with high production values.


Kimberly O’Brien-Young is the mother of two boys.

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