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PSJA ISD theatre troupes win 12 Palm Awards

Christopher Nicanor

Three PSJA ISD high school theatre troupes won a combined 12 awards on Sunday, May 24, during the 3rd Annual Palm Awards, which aims to celebrate the love of arts by recognizing the local high school theatre community across the Rio Grande Valley.

There were 25 participating schools, 37 productions and thousands of Rio Grande Valley students that were judged and nominated in both musical and non-musical categories for their hard work both on stage and behind the curtains. Among the nominees were PSJA North Early College High School, PSJA Southwest ECHS and PSJA Memorial ECHS.

The special virtual event featured more than a dozen special guests to present the awards, including several PSJA Alum, such as Cristela Alonzo, David Barrera, Michael Escamilla, Carlos Moreno, Jr. and Wilberth Gonzalez. They also featured a handful of performances from nominees, including special numbers by PSJA Memorial ECHS, PSJA North ECHS and PSJA Southwest ECHS. 

Congratulations to the following PSJA ISD students and theatre groups for winning awards: 

Best Supporting Actor - Play

  • Che Greeno - PSJA Southwest ECHS

Best Supporting Actress - Play

  • Zarina Garza - PSJA Southwest ECHS

Best Supporting Actor - Musical

  • Cleofas Lopez - PSJA North ECHS

Best Sound Design - Musical

  • Evil Dead - PSJA Southwest ECHS

Best Technical Crew - Musical

  • Evil Dead - PSJA Southwest ECHS

Best Lighting Design - Musical

  • Evil Dead - PSJA Southwest ECHS

Best Actor - Play

  • Christopher Nicanor - PSJA Southwest ECHS 

Best Scenic Design - Play

  • Hand to God - PSJA Southwest ECHS

Best Scenic Design - Musical

  • Evil Dead - PSJA Southwest ECHS

Best Ensemble - Play

  • Hand to God - PSJA Southwest ECHS

Best Actress - Musical

  • Madelyn Forcier - PSJA North ECHS

Best Production - Play

  • Hand to God - PSJA Southwest ECHS

"We congratulate our talented PSJA theatre troupes," said Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo PSJA Superintendent. "Thank you for continuing to place PSJA Theatre on the map. We also thank our theatre directors for guiding our students through this process, and for the countless hours spent making these productions possible."