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May 13, 2022

CHS to be recognized at Musical Theater Awards

Centennial theater department

Ankeny Centennial High School’s theater department will participate in the 2022 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, in honor of the school’s achievements for its April production of CHICAGO: High School Edition.

Produced by Des Moines Performing Arts as the culmination of a year-long education initiative, the Showcase will be held at the Des Moines Civic Center on Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. and will recognize a total of 85 schools from across the entire state.

ACHS will be honored in a special video shown at the Showcase, in celebration of its receipt of an Outstanding Overall Performance Award – one of the program’s highest honors.

Emily Devick and Ryan Henzi each earned Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role Awards and are eligible to participate in the Triple Threat Award program with other advanced performing students. In addition to a special performance at the showcase, students will audition for theater camp scholarships and the opportunity to represent Iowa at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City this summer.

Emily Devick will perform an excerpt from her award-winning role in CHICAGO: High School Edition as Roxie during the Showcase.

Abby Mayo, Logan Eilers, and Drew Carter will showcase their award-winning work as the choreography team as part of the program’s Behind-The-Scenes Awards track.

ACHS also earned the Outstanding Ensemble Award. In addition, select students will represent ACHS by performing in a collaborative inter-school finale medley led by a guest Broadway music director and choreographer.

Tickets to the Showcase, which start at $15, will go on sale on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 10 AM at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.

The Awards Showcase will be live-streamed at as part of a collaboration with Iowa PBS. Iowa PBS will also broadcast a highlights special of the event on July 18 at 9:00 p.m., with a repeat airing at 1:00 p.m.