Recently, four high school students at Trinity Christian Academy (TCA) were recognized at the Schmidt and Jones Award Gala for their outstanding performances in The Sound of Music. Mackenna Shults received Best Female Ensemble for her part as Frau Schmidt,Emma Hodge received Best Actress in a Minor Role for her part as Brigitta, Michelle Raybourn received Best Supporting Actress for her part as Elsa and Clarke Pino received Best Actor for his part as Captain Von Trapp. TCA also tied for the most award nominations of the year in north Texas.
Students were judged by a panel of theater professionals and educators. The judges provided nominations and voted for winners in various performance and design categories as the students competed against the productions from high schools in Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties. Sponsored by Dallas County's only locally produced professional musical theater company, Lyric Stage, the gala honors the students' hard work by providing a Tony Award-like ceremony.