2017-2018 National Youth Arts Awards

The National Youth Arts Awards recognized Spotlight’s 2017-2018 theatre season with 70 nominations. Performers and artists won 30 NYA Awards for their work in Spotlight productions. An awards ceremony was held Sept. 9 at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.

Outstanding Production

Outstanding Choral Production

  • Won: Pitches in Motion
  • Also nominated: Pitches and Tones Christmas Concert

Artist of the Year

Awarded for outstanding principle performances in multiple productions:

  • Addison Bowman for Romeo and Juliet (in addition to The Wedding Singer at Sandra Day O’Connor H.S. and Shrek at Valley Youth Theatre)
  • Joey J. Grado for Jesus Christ Superstar (in addition to Rock of Ages at Chandler H.S. and Silk by Belaganas)
  • Sarah Pansing for Pippin (in addition to Little Women at Valley Youth Theatre, and Songs from My Closet)
  • Vincent Pugliese for Cabaret and Jesus Christ Superstar (in addition to Little Women at Valley Youth Theatre)

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play

Outstanding Lead Performance (Junior Division)

Outstanding Lead Performance (College Division)

  • Won: Trey DeGroodt for Pippin

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play

Outstanding Supporting Performance (Junior Division)

Outstanding Supporting Performance (College Division)

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical

Outstanding Featured Performance (Junior Division)

Outstanding Ensemble

Outstanding Choreography

Outstanding Costume Design

Outstanding Lighting Design

Outstanding Set Design

Outstanding Fight Choreography

Outstanding Sound Design

Outstanding Hair/Makeup Design

Outstanding Musical Direction

Outstanding Direction