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LCC student, SDA musical among winners of 2019 Broadway San Diego Awards

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Winners of the 6th annual Broadway San Diego Awards, including LCC’s Rocco Polanco (center).
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Broadway San Diego recently announced the winners of the 6th annual Broadway San Diego Awards, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, who will now go on an all-expenses paid trip to compete at The Jimmy Awards (National High School Musical Theatre Awards) in New York on June 24.

The winners of the 2019 Broadway San Diego Awards are Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur (Best Actress) from Steele Canyon High School, Rocco Polanco (Best Actor) from La Costa Canyon High School, and San Dieguito Academy winning Best Musical Production with Mamma Mia! Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur and Rocco Polanco will now take on The Great White Way to represent San Diego County and compete for a chance at a $10,000 scholarship while being coached and seen by Broadway directors, actors, choreographers and producers.

As part of the Broadway San Diego Awards, San Diego County Credit Union hosts a competition to find the “Best Local Theatre Teacher” who receives a trip for two to New York City to attend the 2019 Jimmy Awards. This year’s winner is Nicole LaBella from Steele Canyon High School.

Tony Award-Winner Ben Platt will host the 11th annual Jimmy Awards ceremony on Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. This marks his second time in the role. He first hosted the ceremony in 2017, the same year that he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his performance in Dear Evan Hansen.

Featuring dynamic ensemble and solo performances, the competition will feature 86 high school students from 43 regional programs across America. Nominees will be vying for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress. This year, over 1,700 high schools and 100,000 students are participating in the events leading to the Jimmy Awards ceremony.

Nominees will prepare for their debut on a Broadway stage during a 10-day professional training intensive with NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio on Broadway faculty members plus other theatre professionals. Winners will be selected by a panel of industry experts. Visit jimmyawards.com/live/