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Hershey Theater Apollo Awards

Palmyra Area High School Recognized by Hershey Theater Apollo Awards


The PHS Musical Company continued to “have a ball” as they headed to the Hershey Apollo Awards to perform in the 10th annual ceremony. Thirty-two students represented Palmyra in a performance of “The Prince is Giving a Ball.” The musical was nominated in six of eight categories including Outstanding Musical. Cinderella received the most nominations in one year by a PHS production, and senior Tori Gaffey brought home the win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical.


“In addition to the fantastic community support, I am extremely proud of the Apollo Award recognitions,” says Musical Director Jasmine Bucher. “Our students and staff are extremely dedicated. We are so proud of Tori, our nominees Lily and Miranda, and the nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Student Orchestra, and Outstanding Dance Number. These group categories recognizes the efforts of everyone—cast, pit, crew, staff, parent, volunteer—who contributed to the success of this production.” 


Modeled after The Tony Awards, the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement by local high school students in their musical and play productions. The highly competitive program evaluates nearly 30 top-notch programs throughout Central Pennsylvania.


Seniors MaKenzie Cuthie and Megan Martin represented Palmyra Area High School in the ceremony’s opening number. In addition, Maggie Boyer received the Cinderella Spirit of Theater Award, recognizing her outstanding efforts as a student costumer. The fall play, The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery, also received student recognition.


Hershey Theater Apollo Award Musical Recognition

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Winner: Tori Gaffey

Outstanding Musical Nominee

Outstanding Dance Number Nominee

Outstanding Student Orchestra Nominee
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical Nominee: Lily Fields 

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical Nominee: Miranda Gates

Spirit of Theater Award Winner: Maggie Boyer


Hershey Theater Apollo Award Play Recognition

Outstanding Lead Actor Nominee: Alexander Gingrich

Outstanding Supporting Actor Nominee: Jeffrey Bobb

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Jayden Scott

Spirit of Theater Award Winner: MaKenzie Cuthie