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National awards for South Euclid's Mercury Theatre company’s The Junior Company

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle

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SOUTH EUCLID, CLEVELAND — Mercury Theatre Company’s the Junior Company was recognized for seven awards at the 2021 Musical Theatre Competitions of America.

This year’s tournament was held virtually, with groups competing on the internet from all over the United States. Children from grades 6 through 12 had participated in the Junior Company, a performance project involving kids from 19 different schools.

They received third place in the Advanced Ensemble Production category for their portrayal of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece ‘Merrily We Roll Along’. They were also declared the third-place winner of the Advanced Musical Revue in the category of their original revue, ‘What If: The Music and Lyrics of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’.

It was also announced that the Junior Company’s senior vocalist, Emma Grace (EG) Canzano, was awarded first place in senior vocal performance for her rendition of ‘I’d Rather Be Me’ from ‘Mean Girls: The Musical’.

A student who is a current Shining Star CLE 2020 recipient, Ethan Peterson, won Second Place in Senior Vocal Performance. He was also selected to take part in a masterclass with Broadway veteran Christopher Hanke.

Senior James Newton, who received fourth place in Senior Vocal, joined Peterson and Canzano in accepting their prize. Last but not least, freshman Stanley Niekamp got fourth place in Freshman Vocal Performance, and Canzano received an additional reward for third place in Senior Monologue.

The Junior Company of Mercury Theatre Company is dedicated to helping students become ready for a performing arts career. It has been in operation for the past five years.

This audition-based program, directed by Mercury Theatre Company Artistic Director Pierre Brault and Education Director Aubrey Fink, provides students with the chance to perform and develop their craft while being instructed by a team of industry veterans.

This is the Junior Company’s second national recognition in 2021, following their award-winning production of Disney’s High School Musical Jr. at iTheatrics’ Junior Theatre Festival in January. They received Excellence in Dance award for the production, and company member Ethan Peterson’s All Festival Individual Performance also received an award.

Please visit www.mercurytheatrecompany.org for details about the Junior Company’s upcoming production or auditions.

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