ACT announces Isaacs nominations

Altoona Community Theatre has announced the nominations for ACT’s 12th annual Isaac Awards, recognizing excellence in high school musical theater and sponsored by Reliance Bank.

For the complete list of nominees, go to

For the first time in the awards’ history, ACT is expanding the event to two separate award shows, during which a total of 20 schools from Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon counties will be honored. Two separate panels of judges have attended the schools’ productions throughout the year, and the two awards nights will feature their own set of nominations, winners and scholarships.

Each night, two students from every school in that group will participate in the program’s opening song. Those schools also will present a musical number from their productions as part of the program.

Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to the individuals winning in the six individual categories each night. Two schools each night will receive $1,000 prizes (selected by random drawing) for the next year’s production budgets.

The Isaacs will take place May 27 and 28 on the Benzel Stage of the Mishler Theatre in downtown Altoona.

The Saturday night Isaac Awards on May 27 will feature 11 schools: Altoona Area High School, “Into the Woods”; Bald Eagle Area High School, “The Addams Family”; Bellwood-Antis High School, “Footloose”; Bishop Carroll High School, “Hello, Dolly!”; Bishop Guilfoyle High School, “Guys and Dolls”; Bishop McCort High School, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”; Central Cambria High School, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”: Great Commission School, “Brigadoon”; Grier School, “Sister Act”; Hollidaysburg Area High School, “Grease”; and Tyrone Area High School, “Beauty and the Beast.”

The Sunday night awards on May 28 will feature nine schools: Bedford Area High School, “Hello, Dolly!”; Bellefonte Area High School, “All Shook Up”; Chestnut Ridge High School, “Seussical”; Everett Area High School, “The Little Mermaid”; Moshannon Valley High School, “The Music Man”; Northern Bedford High School, “Beauty and the Beast”; Philipsburg-Osceola High School, “Annie”; State College Area High School, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”; and West Branch Area High School, “All Shook Up.”

A limited number of public tickets are available now at the Mishler Theatre Box Office at $21, with a box office fee included. Call 944-9434 or visit

Additional seats will be released once school orders for students, teachers and parents have been fulfilled.

According to ACT, the mission of the Isaac Awards is “to encourage and support excellence in high school musical theater in the region through an annual awards event that recognizes student achievement.”

In the past two years, local high school students have received $82,000 in college scholarships through the Isaac Awards.