Freddy Awards Season Kicks Off This Week

By Samantha Perkins

The 2016 Freddy Awards Season kicks off this week, with three schools’ musicals opening this Thursday night, followed by another three on Friday night. For those who are not aware, the Freddy Awards are an annual recognition of outstanding high school musical theatre in the Lehigh Valley area. High schools that participate in the Freddys are from Lehigh and Northampton Counties in Pennsylvania and from Warren County in New Jersey. Over 8 weekends, 29 schools will be performing 23 different musicals, putting acting, musical, and dancing skills on display. Freddys Season opens with six schools’ musicals this week, including Salisbury’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Salisbury High School’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Follow several awkward middle schoolers on their quest to win the Putnam County Spelling Bee. Along the way, these youngsters shed some light on their rather grown-up problems. Some lucky audience members may even get to participate in the action and spell a few words themselves! This production is rated PG-13 by Music Theatre International. Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 3-5 and 3 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $8.

Northwestern Lehigh High School’s Annie Get Your Gun: Annie Oakley, a sharp-shooting country girl, is so good with a gun that she becomes the star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, much to the dismay of Frank Butler, the man she loves – and the man she can outshoot. Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 3-5 and 2 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $6 for students and seniors and $9 for adults.

Saucon Valley High School’s Thoroughly Modern Millie: This musical tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City in 1922 to marry for money instead of love. Millie soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but issues arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the leader of a white slavery ring in China. Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 3-5 and 2 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.

Moravian Academy’s Big Fish: Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish follows Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to the fullest. Edward’s amazing, larger-than-life stories about his travels excite everyone around him, especially his wife, Sandra, but their son, Will, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s tall tales. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. March 4-5 and 2 p.m. March 6. All performances of Big Fish are sold out.

Bangor High School’s Ragtime: Based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow, this musical tells the story of an African-American family, a Jewish immigrant family, and a white, wealthy family living in Suburbia in turn-of-the-century America. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. March 4-5 and 2 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $12.

Easton Area High School’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella: This musical is based on the fairytale Cinderella. The story follows a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and conceited step-sisters. With the help of a fairy godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a princess and is able to meet her Prince Charming. Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 4-5 and 2 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $10.

More information on other high school musicals in the area will be released weekly!

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