University School of Milwaukee’s Upper School production of “The Addams Family” received multiple awards from the 2021–22 Jerry Awards—including the notable Outstanding Musical award and Outstanding Direction award. Congratulations to the cast and crew for the following awards:
Overall Production Awards:
Lexi Lee ’22: Lead role, Wednesday Addams
Donn Rhys Mondano ’22: Lead role, Gomez Addams
Ella Villeneuve ’22: Lead role, Morticia Addams
Production Team Awards:
Outstanding Direction: Mark Edwards, Upper School drama teacher
Outstanding Musical Direction: Ellen Shuler, Preschool, Middle School and Upper School music teacher; and Dain Shuler, director of bands and music technology
Outstanding Choreography: Ali Rice, local choreographer
Outstanding Scenic Design: Megan Duerlinger, local artist
Outstanding Lighting Design: Shane O’Neil, local lighting designer
Outstanding Costume Design: Mark Conner, Upper School administrative assistant
Outstanding Sound Design, and Outstanding Stage Crew: Joshua Miller, theatre technical director
About the Jerry Awards
The Jerry Awards, one of Wisconsin’s High School Musical Awards Programs, encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theatre. The program began in the 2009–10 school year and was renamed in 2017–18 season to The Jerry Awards after philanthropist and arts supporter W. Jerome Frautschi. Educators and industry professionals review productions at more than 85 high schools in 30 counties around the state providing valuable feedback. The program elevates the importance of musical theatre within high schools.
The 2022 Jerry Awards Show will be held on Saturday, June 12 at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin.