OMAHA – Omaha Performing Arts announced high school theater students from across Nebraska have been named award-winners for outstanding performance and technical achievements in theater through the Nebraska High School Theater Academy (NHSTA) program.

The winners will receive awards at the annual Nebraska High School Theater Academy Showcase Friday, June 7 at the Orpheum Theater at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Showcase are $10 for general admission. Visit, contact the Ticket Omaha Box Office at (402) 345-0606 or visit the box office in person inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas Street in downtown Omaha to purchase tickets.

Award winners from Waverly High School are Outstanding ensemble, Urinetown and Wesley Wiseman as Officer Lockstock, Outstanding actor in a supporting role, Urinetown.

Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the red-carpet event features performances from each of the award-winning schools and students. Representatives from more than 80 high schools and middle schools statewide will work with leading local musicians and Omaha Performing Arts’ artist-in-residence, Omaha native Ray Mercer, currently playing in Broadway’s The Lion King and resident choreographer of the Ailey/Fordham institute, on the awards’ large group opening and closing numbers. Omaha native Q. Smith, currently a member of the Come From Away Broadway cast, will host this year’s event and perform with students.

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