And the Award Goes to … RISD Fine Arts!

A mermaid that lives under the sea … a Frenchman who’s unjustly sentenced to two decades in prison … a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh… and a ghoulish American family. These are just a few of the characters Richardson ISD Fine Arts theatre students have brought to life this spring through each campus’ high school musical productions of: The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Tuck Everlasting and The Addams Family.

Pearce HS — Les Miserables

Richardson ISD is proud to have all four high school fine arts theatre departments receive Oscar-style nominations for the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards. These awards recognize artistic and educational achievements of students and their high school Fine Arts programs.

Lake Highlands HS — Little Shop of Horrors

The objective of the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards program is to create visibility for high school fine arts programs and generate an event that builds community while celebrating excellent work of teachers and students.

Richardson HS — The Addams Family

“It is an honor for all of our high school musical programs to be recognized by the Dallas Summer Musicals with nominations for the 2018 season,” said Jeff Bradford, RISD Executive Director of Fine Arts. “Each of our combined fine arts departments have worked tirelessly to showcase students, bringing them together from all areas of their campuses. With a combined effort of the band, choir, orchestra, theatre, and dance departments, our students are being afforded the opportunity for high levels of artistic collaboration, excellence and experiences that will last a lifetime.”

Berkner HS — Little Mermaid

Awards are presented in sixteen categories and scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating seniors. The Best Actor & Actress winners receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City where they represent DSM HSMTA in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards on Broadway.

The spectacular 2018 DSM Awards ceremony will be held Thursday, May 17 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Special thanks to the RISD community for supporting fine arts through bond elections and attendance of performances, ensuring that RISD will remain a destination district for Fine Arts education.

See the complete list of the RISD 2018 Nominations.