Over 90 local performers prepare for Dazzle Awards

Over 90 local performers prepare for Dazzle Awards

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Taking center stage. More than 90 students from 19 high schools across Northeast Ohio were busy rehearsing Friday at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square.

It was an incredible experience for these young performers.

"It's amazing. It's such an honor to be performing at Playhouse Square with my theater family," says Solon sophomore Megan Lebowitz.

The students prepared for Saturday night's big event, The Dazzle Awards. They're the first of their kind, recognizing the importance of musical theater, arts education and inspiring performance.

The awards will be presented to outstanding musical theater productions and students in 13 categories including best actor, costume design and choreography.

"These students are rising to the occasion. We have a Broadway Tony-nominated director choreographer working with them for this entire week,"  said Daniel Hahm, V.P. of community engagement and education at Playhouse Square.

Kimberly Sias is the Director of All City Musical in Cleveland. She's helped nearly 40 students from 16 schools with the artistic vision of the play "Kiss Me Kate," which several students will perform for the awards show.

"The young people will eventually be those folks that you're coming down here and paying one hundred dollars a ticket to see on the Broadway tour. This is where it all starts," said Kimberly Sias.

For these students a chance at performing in the same theater they've seen big time performers grace they stage is a dream come true. A dream many hope lands them a career under the lights.

"It's inspiring," explained Lebowitz.

The best actor and actress will represent our area in New York next month.

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