Coal City leads high school theatre awards nominations

Broadway in Chicago has announced the nominees for the 2022 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards, and the Coal City Theatre Department leads the nominations with three students.

The musical theatre awards recognize excellence in high school theatre throughout the state of Illinois. Each year 24 performers—12 actors and 12 actresses—are selected to participate in the program with two students moving on to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards known as the Jimmy Awards.

This year’s nominees are Aidan Kostbade, Derek Carlson and Chloe Peacock.

The nominees were selected from over 200 students from 76 participating schools. Each has been invited to participate in the awards program set for Monday, May 23 in Chicago.

The ceremony will feature a student group number and Broadway workshop supported by cast members from Wicked. This gives the students an opportunity to work with a Broadway professional on a professional stage

Additionally, the show representatives will sit on a panel of judges made up of industry professionals in the city of Chicago to adjudicate and select the top six finalists—three actors and three actresses —and the Best Actor and Best Actress.

The top two will then advance to The Jimmy Awards being held this June in New York City.

This year marks the first time that more than one Coal City High School student has been nominated in a given year, and the first time a junior has been nominated in a given category.

Peacock was nominated for Best Actress for her performance as Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera.

Peacock, the daughter of Edson Peacock and Paula Bara, said she is “ecstatic to have this incredible opportunity.”

Some past credits include Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Outsiders [Female Swing], Something Rotten [Portia Swing], and Descendants [Maleficent].
A senior, she plans to attend Ozark Christian College to major in intercultrual studies.

Kostbade, a senior, was nominated for his portrayal of Phantom in the spring performance of The Phantom of the Opera. He is excited to be nominated for best actor and to have this incredible opportunity.

He has most recently been seen in Descendants [Jafar] and Something Rotten [Minstrel/Dance Ensemble].

The son of Mike and Amy Kostbade, he plans to attend Millikin University to study vocal music.

The third nominee is junior Derek Carlson, the son of Chris and Tracy Carlson, who was selected for his performance as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera.

He is also thrilled to have this incredible opportunity that comes in being an IHSMTA nominee.

Among his past credits are performing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame [Frederic], The Outsiders [Two-Bit], Alice in Wonderland [Cheshire Cat], Something Rotten [Peter Quince] and the 2022 All State Production of Cabaret [Max]. Derek is also a three sport athlete participating in football, wrestling, and baseball—qualifying for the 2022 state wrestling tournament.

“I'm incredibly proud of these nominated students, but also our entire program of students who continue to go above and beyond to bring quality entertainment to Coal City, and the surrounding communities,” said Jack Micetich.

Since 2014, Coal City Theatre Department has had 13 IHSMTA nominations—five Best Scenic Design nominations, two Best Direction nominations, one Best Production nomination, two Best Actor nominations, two Best Actress nominations, and one Best Actor finalist.