ASHWAUBENON — Luke Calaway of Ashwaubenon High School and Lily Davis of Hortonville made their debut on a Broadway stage Monday at the NHSMTA/Jimmy Awards hosted by actor and “High School Musical” star, Corbin Bleu in New York City.
Calaway and Davis were nominated for their leading performances and chosen to represent Northeastern Wisconsin through the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program through The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
Calaway and Davis had the opportunity to learn from Broadway professionals in a week of workshops and perform on stage at the Minskoff Theater (currently the Broadway home to Disney’s The Lion King). The duo also had the opportunity to see Broadway shows, eat dinner at the famous Sardi’s restaurant and see themselves in lights in Times Square.
Calaway was nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role for his role as Nathan Detroit in Ashwaubenon High School’s production of Guys and Dolls. Calaway is a recent graduate of Ashwaubenon High School with plans to study at UW Stevens Point this fall. He performed in the tribute production number at the Jimmy Awards.
Davis was nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role for her role as Gomez Addams in Hortonville High School’s production of The Addams Family. Davis is a recent graduate of Hortonville High School with plans to study at UW Eau Claire. She performed in the tribute production number at the Jimmy Awards.
“Congratulations to Luke and Lily for their hard work and dedication to the live performing arts,” said Fox Cities P.A.C. President and CEO Maria Van Laanen. “While in New York, they had the unique opportunity to form strong friendships with their peers from across the country and receive training from Broadway professionals. We are so proud to have these two students representing the region and the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program on a national level.”