Sixty Northland Pines High School (NPHS) students performed the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” in February for more than 1,000 patrons. 

Two of these audience members were reviewers from the Jerry Awards, Wisconsin’s high school musical theater awards program. The program, based out of Overture Center in Madison, reviews high school musicals and performers within a certain distance of Madison. 

The Grand Theater in Wausau and the Marcus Center in Milwaukee also include schools within their areas. Northland Pines participates in the program as one of the Grand Theater’s local schools.

The Jerry Awards provide each school with detailed comments about their production in the areas of singing, acting, ensemble performance, lead and supporting performances, choreography and dancing, material, direction, orchestra and musical direction, design elements, and stage management. 

Northland Pines received a comprehensive review of “Fiddler on the Roof” with many helpful ideas for future performances. In addition, the program makes nominations in various categories for standout performances.

“Fiddler on the Roof” received 12 nominations in nine award categories. Nominated as Outstanding Lead Performers were Dane Gleason as Tevye and Anna Reese as Hodel. Nominated as Outstanding Supporting Performers were Somerset Seymer as Tzeitel, Morgan Phillipich as Chava, and Maegan Mansfield as Yente. 

The directing team of Kate Janssen, Beth Liermann, Bernie Hupperts, Ann Perry and Jeffrey Libby were nominated for Outstanding Direction.

Offstage, Northland Pines received design nominations in Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Overall Design and Outstanding Stage Management. 

Scenic design team members included Jeff Janssen, Gary Schwenn, Karly Kolehouse, Char Kolehouse and Lou Deditz. The lighting team included lighting designer Madeline Indermuehle and spotlight operators Nicolo Bortolotti-Aschenbrenner and Sophia Simac. 

The costume and hair/make-up team was led by Judy Clure, Lynn Puffer, Becky Deditz and Amy Price. The stage manager for the production was Walker Hook. 

Northland Pines celebrates five consecutive years of nominations in the categories of Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Stage Management.

Lastly, each cast in the Jerry program nominates one student to be their Spirit Award winner. This student should embody the spirit of a musical, help other cast members, be a source of positive energy, and lead others by example. 

The cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” nominated NPHS senior Nicole Ravanelli as their Spirit Award recipient. Ravanelli will perform in an ensemble on the Jerry Awards with other Spirit Award recipients.

“A large team comes together to produce the Northland Pines musicals each year,” said director Kate Janssen. 

“We are blessed with dedicated students who are committed to their roles, both onstage and offstage, who come together with positive attitudes each day. 

“We would like to thank all members of the production team, volunteers, Music Boosters, staff and administration at NPHS, families, and local businesses who support our performances each year. We are thankful to the Jerry Awards program for including us and continuing to give us helpful feedback each year.”

After reviewing approximately 100 high school musicals from counties across Wisconsin this school year, the Overture Center staff will select multiple recipients in each category from all nominations. Recipients will be announced in May. 

The Jerry Awards will be held Sunday, June 7, at the Overture Center in Madison, and will be recorded by Wisconsin Public Television for a broadcast in October.