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Guyer’s John Fredrickson named finalist in prestigious musical theatre competition

Guyer's John Fredrickson, seen at left, performing in "Mary Poppins"
Guyer High School student John Fredrickson earned one of the top honors available at the prestigious National High School Musical Theatre Awards on Monday, July 27, being named a finalist for the 2016 Jimmy Award.

John, a rising senior, was one of just four finalists for the best actor award, called the Jimmy, as selected by a panel of judges with extensive theatre experience, including Tony-winning producers, casting experts and other industry professionals. As a result of the honor, John earned a $2,500 scholarship toward his future education from the Barry and Fran Weissler Foundation.

Participants in the NHSMTA were selected from regional competitions across the country. Those selected to compete in the event received an all-expenses-paid trip to New York, where they spent more than a week in musical workshops before performing on Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. Zachary Levi, Tony nominee and star of TV series “Chuck,” served as host of the competition.

John’s selection marked the second consecutive year a Guyer student performed in the national competition. In 2015, then-senior Katelyn Cave won the best actress award at the same Dallas competition that sent John to the NHSMTA.

To see the full results and learn more about the 2016 National High School Musical Theatre Awards, click here.