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While never forgetting her small town roots from a Midwestern farming community in rural Missouri, she’s fit right in the “Big D” since coming here in 1984. After 11 years of promoting the music scene, hobnobbing with the most popular bands from coast to coast, she switched gears after meeting her husband at the first Polo match she ever attended. Always one for excitement, Polo became her new rock n roll.
With her marriage and new found passion for polo, came Philanthropy. Miller founded the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas in 2005 with the goal of promoting the Sport of Kings in north Texas via charity events for causes that are close to her heart. To date the LPA has raised over $500,000 for causes such as domestic violence, children with serious medical needs, therapeutic horsemanship, the Polo Training Foundation, children’s advocacy and food drives for north Texas food Bank. When not working on her own events she is attending Charity luncheons and balls as well as volunteering at golf tournaments and Special Olympics events. She is a member of the USPA Equine Welfare committee and on Board of Dress For Succes Dallas.

Writing has been a lifetime passion of Dena’s. Besides working on a book that proceeds will benefit domestic violence organizations, and writing for two national polo magazines, is a frequent contributor to Dallas area publications, winning Best Contributor Award from Dallas Morning News Neighborsgo, she is co-authoring a book on the phenomenon of cyber bullying by adult women, referred to as Cyber Harrassment.

Nominees Announced for 4th Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards

HSMTA-logo rev1Nominees for the 4th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards were announced on WFAA Channel 8’s Midday News and in The Dallas Morning News recently. Sixty-five  high schools and 71 productions from all over North Texas participated. Throughout the year, three judges visited each school and judged the performers in 15 categories. And the nominees are:

Best Actress

  • Colleyville Heritage High School- Monica Lockwood as Carmen in Curtains
  • Guyer High School- Katelyn Cave as Leading Player in Pippin
  • Independence High School- Sophia Kaiafas as Jane in Tarzan
  • Mansfield High School- Shelby Priddy as Belle in Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School- Kara Lyons as Jo March in Little Women
  • Pearce High School- Sydney Kane as Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano West High School- Meg Grinde as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • R L Turner High School- Chandler Bates as Anna in The King and I
  • Southwest Christian School- Grace Tucker as Peter Pan
JJ Pearce High School's Urineotwn. Photo courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals High School Awards.

JJ Pearce High School’s Urineotwn. Photo courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals High School Awards.

 

Best Actor

  • Abilene High School- Ryan Garmoe as Bobby in Urinetown
  • Carroll High School – Drew Brown as Tarzan in Tarzan
  • Grapevine Faith Christian School-Quint Erwin as Caratacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • McKinney Boyd High School- Logan Reid as Javert in Les Miserables
  • Plano Senior High School- Tanner Dillon as Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly!
  • Plano West High School- Chris Clark as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Pearce High School- Sam Snyder as J Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Richardson High School- Griffin Camacho as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof
  • Rockwall High School- Drew Mitchell as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd

Best Musical

  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Curtains
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Pearce High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly!
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian School, Peter Pan
Guyer High School's PIPPIN. Photo courtesy Dallas Summer Musicals High School Awards.

Guyer High School’s PIPPIN. Photo courtesy Dallas Summer Musicals High School Awards.

Direction

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • North Lamar High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Urinetown
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Choreography

  • Aledo High School, Footloose
  • Denton High School, Mame
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Urinetown
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Musical Direction

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, Shrek
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Wakeland High School, Cinderella
  • Waxahachie High School, Guys and Dolls
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Orchestra

  • Berkner High School, Little Shop of Horrors
  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Centennial High School, Seussical
  • Crowley High School, Anything Goes
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • North Forney High School, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Rockwall High School, The Wizard of Oz
  • Waxahachie High School, Guys & Dolls

Scene Design

  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Greenhill School, High School, The Addams Family
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Mabank High School, Cinderella
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Costume Design

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Bishop Lynch High School, The Wedding Singer
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Curtains
  • Denton High School, Mame
  • Grapevine Christian High School, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Rockwall-Heath High School, The Music Man
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan

Lighting Design

  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • McKinney Boyd High School, Les Miserables
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan

Stage Crew & Technical

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Lake Ridge High School, Shrek
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • McKinney High School, All Shook Up
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Ensemble

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Aledo High School, Footloose
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Pearce High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, Shrek
  • Rockwall-Heath High School, The Music Man
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan

Supporting Actor

  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Morgan Young – Officer Lockstock, Urinetown
  • Lake Ridge High School, Isaiah McInnis – Donkey, Shrek
  • Mansfield High School, Zach Montou – Lumiere, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • McKinney North High School, Joseph Campbell – Fester, The Addams Family
  • North Forney High School, Allen Porterie – Chad Danforth, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Pearce High School, Noah Heller – Officer Lockstock, Urinetown
  • Pearce High School, Josh McCoy – Bud Frump, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Richardson High School, Nathan May – Motel, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Weatherford High School, Cole Lucas – Farquaad, Shrek
  • Wylie East High School, Clay Mobley – Horton the Elephant, Seussical

Supporting Actress

  • Abilene High School, Louisa Lee – Little Sally, Urinetown
  • All Saints Episcopal High School, Grace Evans – Melpomene, Zanadu
  • Bishop Lynch High School, Payton Reeves – Holly, The Wedding Singer
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Audrey Jefferies – Georgia Hendricks, Curtains
  • Mansfield High School, Anna Pritchett – Mrs. Potts, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School, Haley Sutherland – Marmee March, Little Women
  • McKinney Boyd High School, Sarah Hubner – Madame Thenardier, Les Miserables
  • North Forney High School, Savanna Morgan – Taylor McKessie, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Rowlett High School, Sarah Manns – Princess Puffer, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Wylie East High School, Libby Villagas – Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

Featured Performer

  • Greenhill School High School, Ali Simenc – Grandma Addams, The Addams Family
  • Heritage High School, Olivia Callan – Hunyak, Chicago
  • Lake Ridge High School, Michael Flake – Lord Farquaad, Shrek
  • Mansfield High School, Justin Alozie – Cogsworth, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • McKinney High School, Yoki Ongwella – Sylvia, All Shook Up
  • North Lamar High School, Jared Chenevey – Cogsworth, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Jack Durham – Hot Blades Harry, Urinetown
  • Poteet High School, Cameron Smith – Amos, Big Fish
  • Richardson High School, Jacob Redmon – Perchek, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, C.J. Sutton – Donkey, Shrek

Each school’s performance was evaluated by a panel of judges who are all working professionals in the areas of entertainment, arts and theatre education, arts administration, talent management and production design. Ballots were tabulated by the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton and the top scoring schools in each category are nominated as finalists. Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, show business veterans and community celebrities come together to spotlight the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theatre programs. As in the format of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards), the Best Actor and Best Actress winners will not be decided solely by standings. The nominees will perform the evening before the awards show for the assembled DSM judges and will be scored at that time. The winner will be revealed the next night at the awards show at the Music Hall. Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each will be presented to outstanding participating students. Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress will receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

The public is encouraged to come and cheer for your school or just enjoy the Texas high school talent!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

5:30-Red Carpet photos and interviews, all media is invited to attend

6:00 VIP Reception

7:00 Awards Show

WHERE:
The Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75210
Ph. 214-565-1116

TICKETS: $15 – $75. Please click here  to purchase tickets, or at the box office at 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 Dallas, TX.

 

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