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APA Orchestral Music Achievements
1997 MACY Highest Achievement Orchestra - “Crazy for You”
2001 MACY Highest Achievement Orchestra - “Oklahoma”
2002 MACY Highest Achievement Orchestra - “Gypsy”
2003 MACY Highest Achievement Orchestra - “The Music Man”
2003 MACY Highest Achievement Orchestra - “Side Show”
2004 MACY Highest Achievement Orchestra - “Damn Yankees”
2005 MACY Highest Achievement Orchestra - “Evita”
2005 MACY Orchestra of the Year
2007 MACY Highest Achievement Orchestra - “Miss Saigon”
2010 National Youth Theater Award : Outstanding Youth Orchestra “Singin’ in the Rain”
2011 National Youth Arts Award ; Outstanding Youth Orchestra “Les Miserables”
2011 John Raitt Awards for Youth : Best Student Orchestra “Les Miserables”
2009-10 featured 16 performances of live music by members of the orchestra,
6 performances each of 2 musicals
2 Sounds of the Seasons productions
Fanfare orchestra concert
2 music department recitals
1 String Fling concert
4 dance show accompaniments
Graduates have gone to study music at:
San Francisco Conservatory
Eastman School of Music
University of the Pacific
Annapolis Naval Academy
University of Connecticut
Cal State University Long Beach
Riverside Community College
Graduates have performed with:
Glen Miller Orchestra
“BLAST!” Broadway Show
“South Pacific” National Tour
Various cruise ships
Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps
Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps
Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps
Blue Coats Drum & Bugle Corps
Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps
Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps
Valedictorian and/or Salutatorian at HBHS 9 of the past 10 years!
CA Golden Bell Award Winner 2010 - Top in State for Innovative Arts Education
Designated an Apple Distinguished Program - 3 years in a row
2 Apple distinguished educators (Jamie Knight and Mike Simmons)
Mr. Knight is a well-respected speaker on the National circuit regarding integrating popular music into the HS curriculum
Mr. Knight be speaking for the National Association for Music Educators National Conference in Baltimore this summer
Our program currently has 130 students
Our students perform in 3 mainstage shows and one major fundraising gala
There are a plethora of nightclub and in class performance opportunities
Our MMET Media Team sponsors a district wide student film festival called The Surf City District Film Festival
National Youth Arts – Best Student Film 2011
The Orange County Music and Arts Administrators (OCMAA) recently selected Mr. Knight as Teacher of the Year
Theatre Department Awards
National Youth Arts:
Outstanding Production for "Our Town"
Outstanding Ensemble for "The Diary of Anne Frank"
Outstanding Set Design: Sierra Cody for "The Diary of Anne Frank"
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play: Alex Jean as Dr. David Mortimore in "It Runs in the Family"
Artist of the Year: Sarah Ashley for "The Diary of Anne Frank", "Auntie Mame", and "Suddenly, Last Summer"
Artist of the Year: Garrett Brown for "Damn Yankees", "The Drowsy Chaperone", and "Our Town"
Artist of the Year: Zack Carlson for "Damn Yankees", "Leading Ladies", and "Our Town"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Kate Morton as Mrs. Appleyard in "Picnic at Hanging Rock"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: Stephen Stanec as Dr.Hubert Bonney in "It Runs in the Family"
Outstanding Ensemble: "It Runs in the Family"
Outstanding Direction: Robert Rotenberry for "It Runs in the Family"
Outstanding Direction: Robert Rotenberry for "Tom Jones"
Outstanding Ensemble for "Tom Jones"
Artist of the Year: Caden Michael Gray for "Tom Jones"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: Zack Carlson as Billy Flynn for "Play Ball"
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Isabella Eisenpresser as Moonshine Maggie for "Play Ball"
Outstanding Costume Design: Rachel Liang, Kiley Masters, Monica Wilson, and Nicole Duong for "Tom Jones"
Outstanding Original Music: Stella Monshaw for "Tom Jones"
Outstanding Direction: Robert Rotenberry for "Dark of the Moon"
Outstanding Ensemble for "Dark of the Moon"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Emma Degerstedt for "Dark of the Moon"
Outstanding Set Design: Margaux Schindler and Elizabeth Gibson for "Dark of the Moon"
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: James Sabala for "Dark of the Moon"
California Educational Theatre Association:
California Youth in Theatre Scholarship Marilee Jooste
Best Supporting Actress - Brienna Green for "Send"
Best Production Area 2 "Leading Ladies"
Best Supporting Actress Alyssa Grimaldi for "Leading Ladies"
Best Tech Staff "Leading Ladies"
Flip Reade Award Zack Carlson for "Leading Ladies"
California Youth In Theatre Scholarship Zack Carlson , Alyssa Grimaldi, Bryce Miller and Robert Rotenberry for "Leading Ladies"
Senior Technical Theatre Scholarship Rachel Liang
Best Supporting Actor – Scene Works Zach Canter for "Durang/Durang"
Cappies (The Critics and Awards Program for High School Theatre and Journalism):
Best Supporting Actor in a Play: Stephen Stanec "Leading Ladies"
Best Cameo Actress: Elaine Hayhurst for "Sordid Lives"
Best Comic Actor: A.J. Gutierrez for "Sordid Lives"
Best Comic Actress: Nicole Weber for "Sordid Lives"
Best Costume Design: Katie Merrill for "Baby with the Bathwater"
Best Lead Actor in a Play: Jake Wells for "The Diviners"
Best Lead Actor in a Play: Alex Syiek for "The House of Blue Leaves"
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Bryce Miller as The Highwayman in "Tom Jones"
Creativity: Stella Monshaw on the Harpsichord for "Tom Jones"
Best Set Design Elizabeth Gibson for "Tom Jones"
Best Choreography Lauren Slack and Kyle Selig for "Dark of the Moon"
Best Lead Actor in a Play Alex Syiek for "The House of Blue Leaves"
Best Lead Actor in a Play Jake Wells for "The Diviners"
Best Lead Actor in a Play Jordan Potter, for "Ah, Wilderness!"
Best Play "The Innocents"
Best Lead Actress in a Play Amanda Bolton for The Innocents
Dance Department Achievements
Graduates have attended:
University of the Arts
Orance Coast College
Irvine Valley College
Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive
San Diego State
San Francisco State
Alumni Professional Careers in Dance:
Elle Macy Pacific Northwest Ballet
Taryn Nowels Ballet West
Quenby Hersh Scottish Ballet
Lana Brewster Disneyland California
Ryan Marks Disneyland California, Paris, Tokyo
Cassie Macy Ballet West
Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival - Division 2 Grand Prize
New Prague Dance Festival
Pedagogy of Dance Award
Contemporary Dance Award
Grishko International Award
Festival Grand Prix
Youth American Grand Prix - 4 time Second Place Ensemble Award Winner
Musical Theatre Achievements
Scholarships and Individual Achievements:
Brooke Lockhart -- Awarded highest scholarship to attend the BYU Ballet Company
Sarah Marion – Musical Theater West Footlighter’s Vocal Scholarship Program
Elizabeth Romero – Winner, Los Angeles Spotlight Award non classical voice, Young Arts National Honorable Mention, Musical Theater West Footlighter’s Vocal Scholarship Program, Represented APA at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards
Kyle Selig – Los Angeles Spotlight Award Winner in non classical voice, Musical Theater
West Footlighter’s Vocal Scholarship Program, National High School Musical Theatre
Jacob Gonzales & Alex Syiek – Represented APA at the National High School Musical
Scotland’s Fringe Festival Winners – 3 Years:
2004 – The Secret Garden
2007 – Murder On The High C’s
2011 – Cabaret
2010 MACY Awards:
18 Awards for Singing in the Rain
Best Male Vocalist -- Kyle Selig
Individual Highest Achievement for Tech -- Michelle Hakam.
Judges Performance of the Day Trophy
Teatro Dell' Extordinaire Trophy
Outstanding Special Effects in a Musical Trophy
Best Supporting Actor -- Jacob Gonzales
2010 John Raitt Awards:
Best Student Driven Set Design
Best Male In A Cameo Role – Cody Allen
2010 National Youth Theatre Awards:
Most Outstanding Production
Most Outstanding Choreography
Most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical: Kyle Selig as Don Lockwood
Most Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Sara Budnik as Lina Lamont
Most Outstanding Ensemble
Most Outstanding Youth Orchestra
Most Outstanding Set Design: Michelle Hakam
2011 MACY Awards:
Les Miserables awards included “The MACY” for a “Broadway Quality Production that stands leagues above all others by a director who dares to go “Beyond the Beyond.” This Award had not been given out since 2002
Best Vocalist of the Year – Caden Michael Gray
Best Dramatic Actor of the Year – Jacob Gonzales
Students have attended such Summer Intensives as:
Florida’s “Broadway Theater Project”
Reality TV show and Summer Camp
Graduates have attended such prestigious universities as:
Baldwin Wallace Conservatory