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Omaha Performing Arts names two Nebraska teens national finalists in high school theatre awards.

Jun 9, 2017, 10:34 AM by Kelly Bartnick

Lauren Johnson of Bellevue and Lane Mongeon of Milford will represent Nebraska at The Jimmy Awards in New York later this month.

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OMAHA, Neb., (June 8, 2017) – The 2017 Nebraska representatives at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards’ Jimmy Awards include one returning contender and a first-time finalist.

Omaha Performing Arts announced tonight that Lauren Johnson, a 2016 Jimmy Awards finalist who recently graduated from Bellevue West High School was again selected to compete at the Jimmy Awards from the top six young women in the state. Lane Mongeon, a senior from Milford, Nebraska placed first among the top six young men.

Both Johnson and Mongeon were named national finalists Thursday night during the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase at the Holland Performing Arts Center after a lengthy audition process.

About the finalists

Lauren Johnson recently graduated from Bellevue West High School. During her 4 years at West, she was heavily involved with the choir and theatre department. She sang with the varsity concert choir, West High Singers, and was a member of the after school acapella group, Project 424.

Her past theatre credits include, Once Upon a Mattress, Big Fish, Seussical the Musical, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Sister Act at the Omaha Community Playhouse. During her three years participating in the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards, Johnson was recognized as Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for her portrayal of Sandra Bloom in Big Fish, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, and again in 2017 for her role as The Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone. She previously represented Nebraska at the 2016 Jimmy Awards in New York where she finished among the top four women.

Lauren will pursue a BFA in Music Theatre with a dance minor when she begins the fall term at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Lane Mongeon will be a senior at Milford High School this fall, where performing arts are among his largest extra-curricular focuses. Past performances and roles include Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress, Edward Bloom in Big Fish, and most recently Gomez Addams in The Addams Family. Mongeon also competes in Milford’s One Act and speech programs. He is a two-year recipient of the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards’ Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role award. Mongeon is a member of Nebraska All State Choir and All State Cast. He has received various one act awards during his acting career.

Lane hopes to continue his acting career at Columbia College Chicago after high school.

Finalists will compete on Broadway

The eighth annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards produced by The Broadway League are held June 26, 2017 at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in New York City. The event, known as the Jimmy Awards, is a national competition featuring more than 60 students from across the country. Students receive a week of coaching, auditions and master classes from Broadway experts culminating in a talent showcase featuring all nominees.

More than 50,000 students participate in the national awards through state and local programs. Omaha Performing Arts’ Nebraska High School Theatre Awards served more than 5,000 Nebraska students from Omaha to North Platte. The program will expand statewide in 2018.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo, The Presenters, Midlands Community Foundation, Papillion Community Foundation, Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards is presented by Omaha Performing Arts to celebrate, support and advocate for high school musical theatre education in Nebraska.

To learn more about the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards visit NebraskaHSTA.org. Contact NHSTA@OmahaPerformingArts.org with questions.

More information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards is available at NHSMTA.com. The eighth annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards produced by The Broadway League will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.