Introducing your 2019 Spotlight Award Outstanding Lead Actress and Lead Actor Finalists

The 2019 Spotlight Award nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor

On April 26, the nominees for the 2019 Spotlight Awards were announced including the finalists for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor! On Friday, May 3 the ten women and men nominated traveled to TPAC’s Johnson Theater where they worked on auditions, had a dance rehearsal, spoke with media, and learned what happens if they are chosen to represent Middle Tennessee at the National High School Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards) in June.

Get to know each finalist a little better before they take the stage this weekend as they answer some questions about their favorite Broadway shows, the Spotlight Awards, and more!

General admission tickets to the Spotlight Awards on Saturday, May 11 are available now. 

Tiyanna Gentry

School: Hillsboro High School

Production: Rock of Ages: High School Edition

Role: Justice Charlier


Makayla Boyd

School: Independence High School

Production: Bring it On: The Musical

Role: Campbell Davis


Zoe Newcomb

School: John Overton High School

Production: Bonnie & Clyde

Role: Bonnie


Abigail Wilson

School: Mt. Juliet Christian Academy

Production: Guys & Dolls 

Role: Adelaide


Lilla Galgoczy-Toler

School: Nashville School of the Arts

Production: Urinetown

Role: Hope Cladwell


Sevon Askew

School: Central Magnet High School

Production: The Drowsy Chaperone

Role: Adolpho


Henry Fenton

School: Christ Presbyterian Academy

Production: Singin’ in the Rain

Role: Don Lockwood


Trenton McCrary

School: John Overton High School

Production: Bonnie & Clyde 

Role: Clyde


Mason Tabor

School: Mt. Juliet Christian Academy

Production: Guys & Dolls

Role: Nicely Nicely Johnson


Jack Jones

School: Siegel High School

Production: Disney’s Beauty & The Beast

Role: The Beast