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2nd Annual Jerry Herman Awards Sponsored by Grosh

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May 19, 2013 – LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Second Annual Jerry Herman Awards Sponsored by Grosh Backdrops and Drapery at Pantages Theatre Was a Huge Success.

Best Scene and Lighting Design Award

Grosh Backdrops and Drapery presented the Best Scenic and Lighting Design Award at the second annual Jerry Herman Awards on May 19, 2013.

The atmosphere in the Pantages Theater was electric as a packed house of enthusiastic musical theater fans were treated to brilliant performances by celebrities, high school contestants, industry presenters, and a panel of celebrity judges.

The Participants and Program

The 22 participating schools entered their shows which ranged from Agoura High School’s Phantom of the Opera to Wilson Classical High School’s Bye Bye Birdie.  The audience included teachers, families, and other students who cheered for their favorites and voted for awards ranging from Best Costume Design to Best Actor and Actress.

Impressions From the Award Presenters

David Wright, Grosh’s Director of Sales presented the Award for Best Scenic and Lighting Design and commented “I was surprised and impressed by the size of the crowd and the professionalism of every aspect of the program!  The students were amazing and the evening was a night to remember for everyone involved.”

Eric Mueller, Warehouse Manager at Grosh, was equally impressed:  “As soon as I lined up in the crowd at the entrance of the Pantages, I knew this was going to be special.  Flashes popped, TV cameras rolled, and the atmosphere buzzed with excitement.  It was great to be part of the show and share the pride of the performances as I watched our backdrop on stage being flown in and out on cue.”

Nicole Lenander, Grosh’s Sales Associate shared her enthusiasm for the event: “Seeing students so excited about performing and so talented was inspiring and a great thrill to watch.  I have worked in different industries but working for Grosh taps my passion for theater and especially supporting young people on stage.”

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About Grosh Backdrops and Drapery

Founded in 1932 by R.L. Grosh, the company has been the industry leader in providing backdrop rentals, custom backdrops and stage curtains for theaters and performances all over the United States. In addition to backdrop rentals Grosh also is the creator of the Backdrop LIFT, a telescoping lift and truss system designed to expedite stage backdrop setup time. The company also recently launched their new custom, hand painted backdrop division which designs and executes custom backdrops and murals. For more information please call toll free: (877) 363-7998 or visit

About The Jerry Herman Awards

The Jerry Herman Awards focus much needed attention on the meaningful work being done by the dedicated teachers of Los Angeles and celebrates the wide ranging talents of their students. All schools in the greater Los Angeles area are eligible to participate. Dedicated to recognizing, encouraging, and rewarding achievements and excellence through high school musical theatre, the Jerry Herman Awards are one of a network of local competitions partnered to send representatives to the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York, which recognize outstanding student achievement in high school musical theatre.


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