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Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

(WXIA) -- The 2014 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were held Thursday night, with one Fulton County school scoring the majority of the honors.

Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls crushed the competition. It won a whopping 13 awards, including Best Musical, Best Director and all the acting prizes.

Milton High School's Legally Blonde won two awards, while Pebblebrook High School's Les Misérables and Wesleyan School's Into the Woods each took home one.

Six students also received special Shuler Scholarships at the ceremony, which took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

See this year's nominees. The winners are:

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

(WXIA) -- The nominees for this year's Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, known casually as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were revealed Wednesday.

The awards program celebrates some of the best high school musical theater productions in the state. The award is named for metro Atlanta native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who originated the role of the Monster in Young Frankenstein and won a Tony Award for playing Jud Fry in the revival of Oklahoma!

Sixty-one public and private high schools from 24 counties are vying for this year's awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday, Apr. 17 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $23 for the general public and can be purchased at shulerawards.org.

Some of this year's notable nominees include:

Holy Innocents' artworks to hang in the High Museum of Art

Holy Innocents' artworks to hang in the High Museum of Art

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Seventy-five works of art from every division of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (HIES) will be displayed in an exhibition at the High Museum of Art for six weeks, from April 1 to May 11. The exhibition, which also includes artworks from Westminster, is open to the public. 

“Having a work of art in a major art museum is an outstanding accomplishment—one that most people will never experience,” said Judie Jacobs, a professional artist and Upper School art teacher.  “This is an enviable and privileged position to be in.”

Musical prodigy Ethan Bortnick coming to Buckhead Theatre

Musical prodigy Ethan Bortnick coming to Buckhead Theatre

ATLANTA -- Ethan Bortnick, the youngest performer ever to headline his own concert tour, will bring his captivating new family music special to audiences around the country this spring on his 30-city tour.

Ethan will be at the Buckhead Theatre on Sunday, Apr. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased at thebuckheadtheatre.com.

The young musical sensation, named one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids,” will be joined on the tour by special guest Damian McGinty of "Glee" and Celtic Thunder in a concert that highlights Ethan’s belief that music can truly connect people and ultimately change the world.

Battle of the Bands fundraiser hits Buckhead Theatre Feb. 28

Battle of the Bands fundraiser hits Buckhead Theatre Feb. 28

ATLANTA -- Local bands will battle it out for a good cause on Friday, Feb. 28, when “Hope Grows: Battle of the Bands” tunes up in The Buckhead Theatre. Proceeds from the event, from 8-11 p.m., go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).

More than 100 teens from 10 Atlanta-area high schools are participating in the fundraiser, which features music, dinner provided by Chick-fil-A, and raffle prizes from the Atlanta Hawks, Woo Skincare & Cosmetics and more.

“I love it that high-school students from across the city have come together to support this one cause,” said Anne-Claire Pittman, co-president of the CHOA girlFriends group and an HIES senior. “Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has provided thousands of children in our city, state and country with exceptional and sometimes life-saving medical care.  I think it’s important to give back to something that gives so much to children in need, regardless of their family’s economic situation.”

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

(WXIA) -- Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano, a live broadcast of the legendary singer's current residency show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, will come to several Atlanta-area movie theaters for two nights only.

The concerts will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 18 and Wednesday, Mar. 26.

In addition to concert footage, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of John's iconic 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Tickets to the concert screenings can be purchased at fathomevents.com.

Participating movie theaters include:

Regal North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta

AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead
3340 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta