Allentown high schools compete for FREDDY awards

November 1, 2012 by  

Salisbury Senior High School in Allentown will kick off the 2013 FREDDY award season with its production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.

The FREDDY Awards started in 2002 with the goal of rewarding and recognizing outstanding musical productions by high schools in the tri-county area. Participating counties include Lehigh, Warren, and Northampton. A full list of all participating schools will be available in January. As of today, 28 schools are on board, including several in Allentown.

The yearly broadcast of the FREDDY awards has itself been recognized with a number of awards. To date, it has won two regional Emmy awards, in 2005 and 2011. The awards ceremony has also won three Associated Press Awards for Public Affairs and six Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards.

A documentary film, ‘Most Valuable Players’, was created about the awards program in 2008. The documentary is a part of Oprah Winfrey Network’s Documentary Film Club and was released in 2010.

Sponsors are currently being sought for the awards ceremony, which will take place on May 23, 2013. Print companies in Allentown and other community businesses are invited to sign up to provide support. The businesses can either donate their time and expertise or provide support through the media.

Little Shop of Horrors is one of the earliest productions to be eligible for a 2013 FREDDY award. Most of the musicals will be put on in the Spring of 2013. Little Shop opens on November 9 and runs until November 11, taking place at the Salisbury High School Auditorium.