Pictured in Grandstreet Theatre Excellence in Acting are from left: Performer Danny Gardner (Dames at Sea on Broadway), Grandstreet Theatre student Aase Hahn, Grandstreet Theatre educator Colleen Watson, and Coy Middlebrook (director of ABC's Musical Special ENCORE).

HELENA – Students from Grandstreet Theatre School in Helena won national awards at the 2018 Junior Theater Festival West, which took place on February 9-11, 2018 in Sacramento, CA.

The festival debuted in 2017 as a West Coast alternative to the Junior Theater Festival Atlanta, which launched in 2003.

Grandstreet Theatre won a Freddie G award for Excellence in Acting and student Lyla Ackerman won the Freddie G All Festival Performance Female Award.

Grandstreet student Salome Aydlett was named to Tech Theater All-Stars. Each group attending the festival was allowed to nominate two students who took part in technical theatre workshops designed to help develop their talents.

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Krysten Goodrich, Assistant Event Manager said “Salome was interested in technical theatre and was a good listener.”

In addition, Grandstreet Theatre’s Marianne Adams, was one of three exceptional educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country selected for the ninth annual “The Freddie G Fellowship.”

Music Theatre International president Drew Cohen and Grandstreet’s Marianne Adams

Freddie G Fellows receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to collaborate with each other and work one-on-one with Broadway greats. Each winning teacher also receives a $5,000 grant to put towards their theater program.

JTF West brought together 1,500 students and educators from 37 educational musical theater groups representing 10 U.S. states and Seoul, South Korea.

The 31 Grandstreet Theatre School students, ages 8 to 17, presented selections from Godspell.

Judge Nina Meehan said “Grandstreet was all heart with their Godspell JR. The acting was superb across the performance.”

Morgan Siobahn Green (Between the Lines, Kansas City Rep), Grandstreet Theatre student Lyla Ackerman, and Curt Hansen (Hairspray on Broadway)

At the 2017 festival, Grandstreet Theatre School won a Freddie G Outstanding Ensemble award, and student Emma Ackerman won a Freddie G Excellent Individual Performance by a Female award.

JTF West debuted in 2017 as a West Coast alternative to the Junior Theater Festival Atlanta which launched in 2003.