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LHS 'Titanic' awarded best high school musical in UtahLHS 'Titanic' awarded best high school musical in Utah
by Jenniffer Wardell
Oct 31, 2007 | 415 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAYTON -- It's always nice to be appreciated for something you've done, even if the kudos come several months after the fact. Layton High School's spring 2007 production of "Titanic" was recently declared Utah's best 2007 high school musical by the newspaper magazine "USA Weekend." The award was part of the magazine's recent "Showstopper" contest, designed to find and award the best high school musicals in the country. The magazine's offices received everything from programs and press clippings to promo buttons and stuffed animals.

In addition to the grand prize and four runner-up awards, fifty state winners were chosen out of the 700 submissons sent in by readers all across the country. Each of the fifty productions were declared honorable mentions in the larger contest.

The entire list of winners can still be seen online at besthighschoolmusical.blogspo-t.com. The LHS production of "Titanic" was submitted by Layton resident Janai Ott.

Layton High School's production of "Titanic," directed by Dennis Ferrin, ran March 8-10 and 14-17 with a complete cast of 122 students. Each student was named after one of the actual 1st, 2nd or 3rd class passengers on the Titanic, though only about a third are mentioned by name in the musical itself.

All of the students in the play were given the assignment of researching the life of the person they were portraying, even those who had only a few or no lines of spoken dialogue. Later, this research came to life on stage throughout the production's run.

"Every moment of the play seems devoted to communicating some of the histories and emotions of these people, from the stirring monologues to the interaction going on in the background," read the "Davis County Clipper" review of the play, published near the time of the production. "The cast and crew do a beautiful job."

The school also held an educational symposium about the Titanic in conjunction with the musical production, including displays, in-character walking tours, size-appropriate models of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class berths, and an ice chest that gave some idea of how cold the water surrounding the Titanic had been.

jwardell@davisclipper.com
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