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Chaparral wins 5 Bobby G Awards, including ‘Outstanding Musical,’ 'Outstanding Actor'

PARKER – During an evening patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, Chaparral High School’s production of Les Misérables won five Bobby G Awards, including the coveted Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical.
Private and public high school musical theatre programs in the seven county Denver metro area are invited to compete in the regional high school musical theatre awards program, which culminated with an awards gala on May 30. Like the Tony Awards, there were performances from the shows nominated for Outstanding Overall Production, including Chaparral, whose award winning theatre department brought Victor Hugo’s novel to life on the Chaparral stage in late February and early March. The school was nominated for 12 Bobby G Awards—the most out of the 15 schools that participated this year.
The program recognizes outstanding achievements by students and educators made in the areas of performance, design, direction, choreography, technical production and overall production excellence.
“We are very proud of these major awards,” said Chaparral’s Director of Theatre David Peterson. “This is the first year of these awards in Denver and we took home five of them. That was the most by any school.”
Chaparral’s 2013 Bobby G Awards
· Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical
· Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role –Chris Maclean
· Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction - Jerry Vander Does and Steve Hinman
· Outstanding Achievement in Direction - David Peterson
· Outstanding Special Achievement Award Recipient – Performance by a Guest Artist - Erik Peterson
As a Bobby G Award winner for Outstanding Actor, Chaparral’s Chris Maclean, will travel to New York for a weeklong Broadway workshop to be held June 26 to July 2. It will culminate with the National High School Musical Theater Awards, which will be Maclean’s Broadway premiere.
Chaparral was one of the first 50 high schools in America to produce one of Broadway’s biggest hits ten years ago. The powerful life story of Jean Val Jean is set against the French revolution and is set to the beautiful music of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer.
In addition to the five 2013 Bobby G Awards, the show also won awards at the National Performing Arts Festival in February.
What are "The Bobby G Awards"?
The regional high school musical theatre awards program encourages and rewards outstanding achievements in the production of high school musical theatre and feeds into the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA).
In this program, Adjudicators - made up of professional working theatre artists - fan out across the seven county Denver metro area between February 14 to May 5, 2013 to attend the participating high schools' musical theatre productions. Using the standards set by the Bobby G training and criteria, as well as their own professional experience, the Adjudicators complete extensive evaluation forms offering detailed feedback on all of the various elements involved with staging a musical production – including individual performances and technical aspects. All participating schools receive a copy of the Adjudicator Response Form, complete with each Adjudicator's comments, praise, and constructive criticism, which is designed to recognize success and challenge students motivating growth. 
These evaluations will serve as a foundation for the nominations announced in early May 2013. The Bobby G Awards office reviews the evaluations made by the Adjudicators and analyzes the support material submitted by participants to determine the nominees. 
Photos from the Bobby G Awards are posted on the Chaparral Patrons of the Performing Arts Facebook page at
June 16, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.