Albany High's "My Fair Lady" takes top awards
N.Y. (May 21, 2012) -- Albany High School's award-winning Theatre
Ensemble has to make room on the shelf for a few more accolades.
In the local version of Tony Awards for high school musicals, the
Theatre Ensemble's April production of My Fair Lady earned Best
Production and two cast members won Outstanding Performance Awards from
the Schenectady Light Opera Company.
Outstanding Performance Awards went to seniors Alejandro Torres,
who played linguistic taskmaster Henry Higgins, and Nikolai Mishler, who
played Alfred P. Doolittle, father of Eliza Doolittle.
Every year members of SLOC watch and judge all area high-school musicals
and then name winners and honorable mentions.
Other My Fair Lady cast members nominated for the Outstanding
Performance Award include Amal Hechehouche, who played cockney flower
girl Eliza Doolitte, Nicholas Gardner, who played Higgins' colleague
Colonel Pickering, and Lucas Phayre-Gonzales, who played love-struck
The Theatre Ensemble is under the direction of Ward Dales, who teaches
theater arts at Albany High and is an adjunct professor at the
University at Albany and Hudson Valley Community College.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,700
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High