April 18 at the Austin Long Center DSHS students of all grades collectively received twelve Greater Austin High School Theatre Awards, or GAHSMATA, nominations for their January musical performance of The Addams Family. The production itself was nominated for best production, best choreography, best ensemble, best technical execution, best costumes, best lighting design, best music direction, and best direction while the four students were nominated for their roles in the production.

“GAHSMATA was an amazing experience and I felt honored to take on the stage manager position throughout the rehearsals and the show itself,” sophomore Sarah Davison said.

GAHSMATA is a formal theatrical awards show for high school theatre students who have been nominated for various titles based on their performance in their most recent shows.

“GAHSMTA is an incredible opportunity for young individuals involved in theatre,” sophomore Cassie Martin said. “It gives you a chance to perform and express your passion in front of 2,500 people.”

The Addams Family sold out all four of their shows of this year, followed by glowing reviews from not only students of DSHS but also other surrounding schools.

“The experience was amazing,” Davison said. “I loved revisiting the Addams musical one last time and putting our hearts into the show on the big stage.”

The Addams Family has received more nominations this year than any other musical that DSHS has presented in the past.

“Individually, I was up for best featured performer,” Martin said. “But our entire school was nominated

for twelve awards, more than any other school this year.”

The thespians all together won four awards: Best Production, Best Lead Actress (Katie Haberman), Best Featured Performer (Cassie Martin), and Best Direction.

“I was fortunate enough to win in my category out of all the twelve nominees, and I will be forever grateful,” Martin said. “This award is a reminder that I do have the potential to pursue this career. My award is a giant thank you to all my supporters over the past few years: my family, my directors, and my company of the Addams Family. They have made my life beautiful and I am extremely lucky to have them in my life.”

Written by Tessa Stigler

WINNERS
BEST PRODUCTION
BEST DIRECTION
BEST ACTRESS in a LEADING ROLE
    (Katie Haberman as Wednesday Addams)
BEST FEATURED PERFORMER
    (Cassie Martin as Grandma)
NOMINATIONS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    (Preston Willis as Uncle Fester)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    (Emily Warkentin as Alice Beineke)
BEST ENSEMBLE
BEST TECHNICAL EXECUTION
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY