Hollywood High School was handed the Best Musical Award for In The Heights by the host George Pennacchio. On Sunday May 19 PAM students did a surprise performance with In the Heights at the Pantages Theatre for judges Kenny Ortega, John Bowab, Nancy Dussalt, Karen Morrow, and Cathy Rigby to win a Jerry Herman Award.
“It was an amazing feeling being able to know that we won the Best Musical Award,” said PAM senior Devon Yaffe, who played the father who desperately wants his daughter to succeed at Stanford University.
Twenty two schools participated in the awards show. Hamilton High School performed Once Upon A Mattress, Notre Dame Academy performed Legally Blonde, Taft High School performed Grease, and Calabasas High performed West Side Story. For the Sheik cast, they had to go from their final performance to the show at the Pantages.
“It was really amazing,” said junior Bianca Neal. “It felt really humbling to see everyone enjoying the show,” said junior Roger Neal who played Benny, the male love interest.