Chico High School’s Jenise Coon, was one of three exceptional educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country selected for the ninth annual “The Freddie G Fellowship” at the 2018 Junior Theater Festival West that happened at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium and the Sacramento Convention Center Complex in Sacramento, CA over the past weekend.
Chico High School and Redding’s University Preparatory School also attended the 2018 Junior Theater Festival West and earned high praise.
Freddie G Fellows receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to collaborate with each other and work one-on-one with Broadway greats. Each winning teacher also receives a $5,000 grant to put towards his or her theater program. The event is underwritten and hosted by Freddie and Myrna Gershon and is a thank you for all that teachers do to introduce the next generation to Broadway and musical theater.
JTF West brought together 1,500 students and educators from 37 educational musical theater groups representing 10 U.S. states and Seoul, South Korea in an incredible weekend of theatrical fellowship rewarding and empowering student-driven musical theater programs.
The 20 Chico High students and the six University Preparatory School students selections from Seussical JR for Broadway actress Jenifer Foote (Broadway’s Gypsy of the Year, Hello Dolly! on Broadway); Paul Brewster, the managing director for Trusty Sidekick Theater Company and a Disney Theatrical Group teaching artist, and Music Theatre International’s Senior Operations Officer John Prignano.
Jennifer Foote said about Chico High School’s presentation, “Chico High School offered us a high energy presentation full of fun characters and playful moments. They had amazing ensemble work.” John Prignano added, “I loved the chemistry of these actors on stage. Their choices were unique, interesting and specific.”
Jennifer Foote said about University Preparatory School, “The University Preparatory School students had a smooth energy, they performed in a Frank Sinatra-like easy style. Their presentation was captivating.” John Prignano agreed, “This was an exceptional company of singers, each of them was accomplished.”
Chico High students, Michael Burchett and Alex Anderson and University Preparatory School students, Moody Yassin and Mia Rasheed were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of outstanding performers attending the festival. The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 1,500 festival attendees.