Oak Park High School theater teacher Matthew Ashpaugh said his students from the student production of "In the Heights" won several awards from Starlight Theatre’s annual Blue Star Awards and the Cappies.
Blue Star Awards recognize achievement and excellence in musical theater among Kansas City area high school students.
Established in 2003, the Blue Star Awards are one of the largest and most admired high school musical theatre awards programs in the nation. All high schools in metropolitan Kansas City and selected outlying communities are invited to participate. Each year the program serves 5,000 area students who contribute either on the stage or behind the scenes to their schools’ musical theatre productions.
The Kansas City Cappies Gala is a celebration of all things related to high school theater. The Cappies review category of performance and technical work done this year by the local Kansas City metro high schools.
They performed the song "96,000" at both Blue Star on the Starlight Theater stage, and at the Cappies Gala on stage at Oak Grove High School.