Young Artists of America Nominated for Three Regional Emmy Awards

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Young Artists of America’s televised performance of Young Artists of America: The Songs of Tim Rice that premiered on Maryland Public Television (MPT) in June of 2017, has been nominated for three regional Emmy Awards. The news came from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and was announced on May 16th. The annual competition is open to any television station, company, production house, or independent producer in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The one-hour performance, hosted by Sir Tim Rice and featuring the talents of over 150 YAA students, was conceived for YAA/MPT and directed by London theater director Hugh Wooldridge (Chess in Concert, An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber).

Maestro Kristofer Sanz with Young Artists of America Orchestra. Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.
Maestro Kristofer Sanz with Young Artists of America Orchestra. Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.

The broadcast offered performances of 12 of Rice’s iconic songs, many of which earned him Tony Awards and Oscars. Now, this world premiere television production of his works has earned three Emmy nominations for YAA and MPT in the categories of Arts/Entertainment – Program/Special (Ken Day, Producer), Director – Non-Live Post-Produced (William Clarke), and Lighting (Tracy Gaspari). The program is the only one nominated in the category for Lighting.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about this news,” says Rolando Sanz, YAA’s Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director. “It’s not every day that middle and high school students get to be the stars of an Emmy® nominated production, and we are honored to give them this opportunity and so grateful to our gifted and committed production team and partners at MPT.”

YAA’s partner and co-producer, Maryland Public Television (MPT), has earned 20 nominations this year, including for Station Excellence and Community Service. The NATAS chapter’s Emmy Awards gala takes place on Saturday, June 23 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, Conference Center, and a three-hour telecast of the ceremony will air on MPT2 on Friday, June 29th at 8:00 PM.