Kurtz. who will begin degree studies in musical theater at the University of Michigan this fall, and Eibler, who will pursue the same at Texas State University, participated in a week-long theater intensive that included private coaching, master classes and rehearsals. They competed against 50 other students representing 25 cities from across the U.S. for the Jimmy Awards as well as for scholarships, professional opportunities and other prizes.
Natalie Barrow, director of education and community outreach for ArtsBridge Foundation (formerly the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation), accompanied Kurtz and Eibler.
"Watching McKenzie and Nick throughout the Nationals program has been so inspiring," she said. "Their dedication and work ethic proves once again how valuable arts education is in our student's lives.”
The best performance by an actress award was won by Marla Louissaint of the Beacon School in New York. Anthony Skillman of Orange Lutheran High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., took the actor prize.
More on the National High School Musical Theatre Awards at www.nhsmta.com; the Shuler Hensley Awards at artsbridgega.org/programs/shuler-awards; and ArtsBridge Foundation at artsbridgega.org.