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Lake Michigan College announces nominees for WAVE Awards honoring High School Musical Theatre

Lake Michigan College announces nominees for WAVE Awards honoring High School Musical Theatre

The Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Department has announced the nominees for its 2023-2024 WAVE Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre.

Loosely designed after Broadway's famed Tony Awards, the WAVE Awards recognizes, encourages, and promotes high school theater. Seven adjudicators evaluated 10 high schools and about 630 students who participated in high school musical productions in the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Individuals and productions from participating schools were nominated in 13 acting and technical categories. Winners will be announced during an award ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Jenkins Theatre on the Benton Harbor Campus, 2755 E. Napier Ave. All students and production staff will receive written feedback from a panel of arts professionals. Nominees may also receive additional performance and scholarship opportunities.

Now in its third year at LMC, the WAVE Awards includes students and arts educators from Berrien, Van Buren, and Cass Counties in Michigan and St. Joseph County in Indiana.

"It is astonishing to see the continued growth of the students and programs that bring musical theatre to our regional high schools," said Kristopher Zook, LMC Dean of Arts & Sciences and founder of the WAVE Awards. "LMC Visual & Performing Arts continues to support arts education, foster creativity and innovation in our community, and recognize the efforts of talented students and staff."

The awards ceremony begins with red carpet arrivals at 6 p.m., followed by the awards, which include musical production numbers from Bridgman, Concord, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, Hartford, Lakeshore, New Buffalo, Paw Paw, Penn, and St. Joseph high schools, as well as five-time Grammy-winning producer Jay Ashby and Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Kim Nazarian.

The 2023-2024 WAVE Award nominees are: 

Outstanding Set Design in a Musical  

Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical  

Outstanding Costume Design in a Musical  

Outstanding Choreography in a Musical  

 Outstanding Orchestra (Band) in a Musical 

Outstanding Musical Direction in a Musical 

Outstanding Featured Ensemble in a Musical 

 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical 

 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical 

Outstanding Direction in a Musical 

 Outstanding Musical Production 

The event is free and open to the public. Parents, friends, fans, teachers, and school administrators are all encouraged to attend. 

For more information, visit, email Mindy McCaffrey at, or call the Visual & Performing Arts office at 269-927-8876.  


Posted May 01, 2024

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