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2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Twenty-four productions have been nominated for the 2015 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

The program is named for Tony Award-winning actor Shuler Hensley, a Cobb County native. This year's winners will be announced Thursday, Apr. 23 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Winning a Shuler Hensley Award can reap major benefits for a budding performer. Just ask Jai'Len Josey, who won Best Actress in 2014 for her portrayal of Effie White in Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls.

Author Stuart Woods to hold book signing in Gwinnett

Author Stuart Woods to hold book signing in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods will hold a talk and book signing in Gwinnett County next month.

Woods, a Georgia native and University of Georgia graduate, has published more than 30 books. His latest novel is Hot Pursuit.

He will visit the Hamilton Mill Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library on Friday, Apr. 10 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of his books will be available for purchase courtesy of Eagle Eye Book Shop.

Book Atlanta provided a synopsis of Hot Pursuit, the latest addition to Woods's Stone Barrington series:

Stone is amazed when he meets a gorgeous pilot who is as comfortable with the jet-set lifestyle as he. They soon begin traveling together, which leads them from Wichita to Europe. However, close behind is some unwanted baggage -- his new acquaintance's ex-boyfriend, who happens to be a criminal.

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Braves will hold auditions for performers and groups to sing the National Anthem at 2015 home games.

Auditions will be Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coolray Field. Those who cannot attend can schedule an alternate time by calling 678-277-0312.

Singers who have performed the National Anthem at past Gwinnett Braves games still must audition this weekend.

Visit milb.com for more information and to register for an audition time.

Coolray Field is located at 2500 Buford Drive NE in Lawrenceville.

Mall of Georgia adds gallery from Hudgens Center for the Arts

Mall of Georgia adds gallery from Hudgens Center for the Arts

BUFORD, Ga. -- Mall of Georgia is featuring more than just an impressive lineup of retail and entertainment options – shoppers can enjoy artwork from local aspiring Picassos as well!

The iconic shopping center has recently teamed up with The Hudgens Center for the Arts for an exhibit installation, showcasing various abstract paintings from neighborhood artists. The art installation – located on the Upper Level of the mall near Invicta and Vans – will be on display through 2015.

“The Hudgens is committed to bringing superior arts programming to the community,” said Teresa Osborn, executive director of The Hudgens Center of the Arts. “Teaming up with Mall of Georgia has been a great opportunity to showcase our local artists.”

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

(WXIA) -- The 2014 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were held Thursday night, with one Fulton County school scoring the majority of the honors.

Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls crushed the competition. It won a whopping 13 awards, including Best Musical, Best Director and all the acting prizes.

Milton High School's Legally Blonde won two awards, while Pebblebrook High School's Les Misérables and Wesleyan School's Into the Woods each took home one.

Six students also received special Shuler Scholarships at the ceremony, which took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

See this year's nominees. The winners are:

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

(WXIA) -- The nominees for this year's Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, known casually as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were revealed Wednesday.

The awards program celebrates some of the best high school musical theater productions in the state. The award is named for metro Atlanta native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who originated the role of the Monster in Young Frankenstein and won a Tony Award for playing Jud Fry in the revival of Oklahoma!

Sixty-one public and private high schools from 24 counties are vying for this year's awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday, Apr. 17 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $23 for the general public and can be purchased at shulerawards.org.

Some of this year's notable nominees include:

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.