Bradford High School's production of the musical "Children of Eden" was named an Outstanding Musical at Sunday's Jerry Awards in Madison.
The awards recognize Wisconsin’s top high school productions and are designed to "encourage, recognize and honor excellence in high school musical theater."
Educators and industry professionals review productions at more than 85 Wisconsin high schools for the awards, named for philanthropist and arts supporter W. Jerome Frautschi.
"Eden" production team award winners were:
- Holly Stanfield: Direction, music direction and costume design
- Kristin Singer: Music direction
- Andrew Waters: Choreography
- Tabitha Houghton: Stage management
- Jodi Williams: Scenic design
- Mike Goebel: Lighting design
- Eric Mielke: Sound design
Students in the production who won individual awards were:
- Hannah Mathews (Eve): Outstanding Leading Performance
- Ben Woods (Father): Outstanding Leading Performance
- Nick Daly (Cain): Outstanding Supporting Performance
In addition, Houghton won a Spirit Award.
"Children of Eden" — which debuted last October at Bradford — is a two-act musical written by Stephen Schwartz of “Wicked” fame. "Eden" tells the Old Testament story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, eventually bringing in their sons, Cain and Abel. The second half of the show focuses on Noah and his family.
The show's themes focus on love and family.
"Eden," Stanfield said, has "a message that is always important for us to hear, especially in a time when we’re feeling like our society has a giant rift. This is a show that will bring us all together. It’s a lovely piece. A beautiful, epic piece of theater.”
As one of the Outstanding Musical winners, scenes from "Children of Eden" were performed on the stage at the Jerry Awards. Students also performed together in ensembles. To watch the Jerry Awards online, go to https://wpt4.org/jerry-awards/. "Eden" is performed during the 3 p.m. show; Stanfield directed a Lead Performer Medley in the 7 p.m. show. (To watch the local students in "Eden," click on the box with the arrow in the upper right and choose the 3 p.m. show. The "Eden" medley with Mathews and Woods is at 17:54 and "In the Beginning" is at 1:21:50.)
Wilmot High School also participated in the Jerry Awards with "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella."
Student award winners were:
- Dominic Arceo (Prince Topher): Outstanding Leading Performance
- Kylie Ott (Madame): Outstanding Supporting Performance
- Lucas Poli: Spirit Award
The Wilmot High School production of “Cinderella” was performed in March, with a cast and crew of more than 40 students.