THS ‘Cinderella’ wins at DayTonys

TROY — This year’s high school musical, “Rodger + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA,” brought magic to the stage at Troy High School.

That magic not only won over the audience, but it also won over the judges of the DayTony awards, earning the show six awards.

Cookson Elementary School teacher and director Erik Strope said this year was the seventh year that Troy High School was honored at the DayTonys, which recognizes outstanding performances on stage or behind the scenes at Dayton area theaters.

The high school winners are determined by a group of students who travel to other schools to judge their shows and rate them according to their criteria.

“With the exception of one person, our winners were all first-time winners,” Strope said.

Those winners were Shannon Cothran, who received an Award of Merit for her role as Cinderella; Olivia Dankworth, who received an Award of Excellence for portraying Stepmother; Tommy Sebring received an Award of Excellence for his role as Lionel; and Kirsten Langenkamp was awarded an Award of Merit for her portrayal as Fairy Godmother.

Additionally, Lisa Snider received the Award of Excellence for costuming and Kathy McIntosh won an Award of Merit for her role as pit director.

Cothran said her role as Cinderella was her first time performing in a musical, so learning that she had won an award for her first time was incredibly humbling.

“I thought I did a good job, but I didn’t expect to win anything,” she said. “I didn’t want to make any assumptions that I would win and then if I didn’t win feel disappointed.”

She was pleasantly surprised with her award and the ceremony, which she described as being very laid-back, fun and funny.

“It wasn’t nerve-racking at all,” Cothran said. “The whole experience was one where I got to really come out of my shell and find my voice, and be surrounded by a very supportive, close-knit group. It was a lot of fun.”

Consequently, she said she will be auditioning for next year’s musical.

Strope was proud of his students and all who were involved in putting “Cinderella” together.

“I’m always proud of them,” he said. “Everyone worked very hard and put their blood, sweat and tears into ‘Cinderella’ and made it a wonderful show.”