Local students win awards at Junior Theater Festival

Smokerise Students performing for all festival attendees. Photo by Marcus Woollen/JTF Atlanta

Stone Mountain, GA — Students from local schools won awards at the 2022 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta.

Students at Smoke Rise Academy of Arts in Stone Mountain won a Freddie G Outstanding Production award, while Decatur Community Players in Decatur, and Momentum Arts and Snellville Performing Arts in Snellville also won national awards and earned other recognitions, a press release says.

“The monumental weekend dedicated to rewarding and celebrating student-driven musical theater programs happened online and in-person January 14-16, 2022, in Atlanta,” the press release says.

Here is a list of the winners:

– Smoke Rise Academy of Arts won a Freddie G Outstanding Production and performed for all festival attendees during the closing ceremonies.

– Decatur Community Players won a Freddie G award for Excellence in Ensemble Work.

– Momentum Arts won a Freddie G Award for Excellence in Music and Cady Walls and Avery Britt won a Freddie G Outstanding Student Direction and Choreography award.

– Snellville Performing Arts won the Tech Olympics.

In addition to these awards, Smoke Rise Academy of Arts students Sophia Kuechenmeister, Amanda Riedel, and Rayna White; Decatur Community Players’ Sofia Satterfield; Momentum Arts students Wil Eplett, Aidan Walls, and Cady Walls, and Snellville Performing Arts students Assata Ladson, Erin Lamb, and Vanessa Shinault made it to the callback for future video shoots for “how-to” choreography videos, the press release says.

The press release also says Smoke Rise Academy of Arts students Logan Dokes and Harlie Sawtelle; Decatur Community Players students Sammy Crume and Sofia Satterfield; Momentum Arts students Wil Eplett and Madeline Wells, and Snellville Performing Arts students Tomi Fawehinmi and Kailyn Hildebrand were distinguished as All-Stars, an outstanding group of young performers at the festival.

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