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Thomas Jefferson High School’s production of “Trap” has earned 11 nominations for Prime Stage Theatre’s 4th Annual High School Drama Awards.

The Cast and Crew of Thomas Jefferson High School’s production of ‘Trap’

The High School Drama Awards honor excellence in non-musical plays by student actors, directors and production crew. The 2023-24 awards were held at New Hazlett Theater on Monday, January 29 at 7 p.m. Monteze Freeland, co-artistic director of City Theatre, served as master of ceremonies. 

Trap is one of five finalists for Best Overall Production, competing with Avonworth, Fox Chapel, Hampton and Shady Side Academy for the top honor. Thomas Jefferson’s “The Election” was nominated for the 2022-23 Best Overall Production.

Thomas Jefferson’s Brady Bandik won the 2022-23 Prime State Theatre Award for Best Student Lighting Design and/or Operation and is among the five nominees in the category this year. 

Thomas Jefferson’s 2023-24 Prime Stage Theatre High School Drama Awards nominees are:

  • Best Overall Production: Trap
  • Best Actress: Cara Vereb
  • Best Supporting Actor: Cole Trieste
  • Best Supporting Actress:  Lucille Spang
  • Best Student Director:  Lauren Mutmansky and Aaron Reed
  • Best Student Stage Manager:  Alec Mahathey and Madeline Potts
  • Best Student Lighting Design and/or Operation: Brady Bandik
  • Best Student Prop Design and/or Fabrication: Aaron Reed
  • Best Student Sound Design and/or Operation: Lauren Mutmansky and Jeremy Thompson
  • Best Student Use of Creative Special Effects: Brady Bandik
  • Best Student Backstage Run Crew:  Trap Crew

Trap was directed by Julie Tipton, a TJ English and theater educator. 


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