WSB-TV celebrates musical theater excellence in Georgia high schools

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ATLANTA - Channel 2, WSB-TV announces the date and time of the 2012 telecast of the Shuler Hensley Awards, which recognize excellence in Georgia high school musical theatre. Jovita Moore and Fred Blankenship, anchors for Channel 2 Action News, host the fourth annual primetime program.

The event, named for Georgia’s Tony Award winning actor Shuler Hensley, awards individuals and high schools in 15 different award categories including Overall Production, Leading Actor & Actress, Supporting Actor & Actress, Music Direction, Costume, Lighting and Scenic Design, and Chorus Ensemble. Since WSB-TV first broadcast the awards four years ago, the nomination process has expanded to include schools from all over the state of Georgia.  Another first this year, the awards will be broadcast, live, from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

 Conceived to be an annual showcase for high school theater education programs, the event is an initiative of the Cobb Energy Centre educational outreach program, ARTSBRIDGE. The program is supported by the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation through private contributions and sponsorships including WSB-TV.

“How better to recognize and encourage a new generation of artists and audiences than through programs that give expression to young people’s talent and embody a spirit of camaraderie and celebration,” said Michael S. Taormina CFE, Cobb Energy Centre managing director. 

“This is all part of the station’s service to the community,” said Tim McVay, Channel 2 Vice-President & General Manager. “Channel 2 shines its spotlight on the talented high school actors, dancers and singers by devoting production, talent, and primetime exposure to this very worthwhile event.”

WHAT: SHULER HENSLEY AWARDS

WHEN: Tuesday, 8 p.m., August 17, 2011

WHERE: ME-TV, Channel 2.2 – COMCAST 248, CHARTER 126


About Channel 2 WSB-TV The ABC Affiliate is part of Cox Media Group and ranks as Atlanta’s number one local television station. The station also operates its website, wsbtv.com, its mobile site, wap.wsbtv.com, and airs MeTV on its digital channel 2.2.

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