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Suburban teens represent Illinois in the National High School Musical Theater Awards competition

George Spiegel, of Park Ridge, is one of two suburban teens representing Illinois at the National High School Musical Theater Awards next month in New York City.

Two teenage actors from the suburbs are competing for a chance to perform in a Broadway showcase next month as representatives of Illinois in the National High School Musical Theater Awards competition.

Maine South High School’s George Spiegel of Park Ridge and Flossmoor’s Jazmin Rhodes of Homewood-Flossmoor High School were recognized this week at Broadway In Chicago’s 13th annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards honoring high school theater artists.

Jazmin Rhodes, of Flossmoor, is one of two suburban teens representing Illinois at the National High School Musical Theater Awards next month in New York City.
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The Jimmys, as the awards are known, are named after Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander.

Spiegel was honored in the best actor category for her role as Pippin in “Pippin,” and Rhodes was named best actress for her role as Hope Cladwell in “Urinetown.”

They will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, where they will participate in a 10-day workshop in preparation for a Broadway showcase on June 24.

In second place are Ethan Wankel of Bartlett High School and Mary Kate Schoessling of St. Charles High School. If Spiegel or Rhodes cannot perform, the runners-up will participate in their place.