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MST 2013 Company Wins Five National Youth Arts Awards!

nya banner4Marin Summer Theater has been honored by National Youth Arts (NYA) with twenty-four nominations and five awards for the MST 2013 Season, including Outstanding Production for Les Miserables.  NYA's annual National Youth Arts Awards bestows nominations and awards to honor outstanding work by youth in the arts, focusing to those under nineteen years of age. This year more than 400 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from more than 130 different theatres in more than 60 cities spanning 12 states.

LesMis-1-11-ActOneFinale-8Members of the MST company from all three of MST's 2013 productions of GYPSY, Almost Maine and Les Miserables earned nominations. Of our twenty-four nominations, five went on to win awards.  NYA's primary categories are reserved for performers under nineteen-years-of-age, but this year it established Junior and College divisions to honor exceptional performances in those groups.  MST won four NYA awards in 2012. 

Congratulations to the entire 2013 company!



Outstanding Production  Les Miserables 
Supporting Actor in a Musical  Cooper Harrington-Fei as Marius in Les Miserables 
Supporting Actress in a Musical  Christine Oczkus as Cosette in Les Miserables 
Supporting Actress in a Musical Victoria Pereira as Eponine in Les Miserables 
Supporting Actress (College Division) Jessica LaFever as Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables



Lead Actress in a Musical  Lily Hahn as Louise in Gypsy 
Lead Actor (College Division)  Fernando Siu as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables 
Lead Actress (College Division)  Bouket Fingerhut as Rose in Gypsy 
Supporting Actress in a Musical  Katherine Liviakis as June in Gypsy 
Supporting Actress in a Play Alicia Kraft as Sandrine, Marvalyn, and Rhonda in Almost, Maine
Supporting Actor (Junior Division) Jeremy Kaplan as Gavroche in Les Miserables
Supporting Actress (Junior Division) Jordan Paff as Baby June in Gypsy
Supporting Actor (College Division) Eric Levintow as Javert in Les Miserables
Supporting Actor (College Division) Ryan Rohtia as Thenardier in Les Miserables
Supporting Actor (College Division) Andrew Wolff as Jimmy and Phil in Almost, Maine
Supporting Actress (College Division) Jessica LaFever as Waitress, Linda, and Marci in Almost, Maine
Supporting Actress (College Division) Gena Madory as Fantine in Les Miserables
Featured Actor in a Musical Elliott Hanson as Enjolras in Les Miserables
Featured Actress (Junior Division) Brigid O'Brien as Little Cosette in Les Miserables
Outstanding Ensemble GYPSY
Outstanding Guest Ensemble Almost, Maine
Hair/Makeup Design Cheryl Tillotson for Les Miserables
Musical Direction Emily Gates for Les Miserables
Direction Pat Nims for Les Miserables


The awards will be given the NYA Ceremony at the Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park at 7:30 p.m. (registration beginning at 6:45 p.m.) on Sunday, July 27. More information about National Youth Arts can be found at


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Marin Summer Theater (MST) is an award winning non-profit theater company for students of performing arts between the ages of 13 and 23. The MST company prepares and presents three fully-staged productions in a six-week summer season. MST's mission is threefold: To present exciting, professional quality drama, musical theater and musical revue productions; to keep tuition as low as possible so that cost is not a barrier to participation; to create a diverse company of college and high school students.

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