Valley Grad Cole Strelecki Earns Top Des Moines Performing Arts Award
Valley High School 2019 graduate Cole Strelecki was revealed as one of two Triple Threat Award recipients during the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards (IHSMTA) Showcase on June 3.
Strelecki was recognized for his performance as The Man in the Yellow Suit in Valley High School’s spring musical, “Tuck Everlasting.” His Triple Threat Award encore performance at the showcase was “This Is Not Over Yet” from “Parade.”
The Triple Threat Award recognizes students who are considered “triple threats,” demonstrating excellent acting, dancing, and vocal talents. Additionally, it recognizes students who exemplify the spirit of the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards. Davenport Central High School’s Peyton Reese was also recognized for her role as Veronica Sawyer in “Heathers.”
This year, 73 students from participating Iowa schools auditioned for the Triple Threat Award. The students were invited to audition based on the strength of their performances in their school musical production in a role. Students auditioned, rehearsed with Broadway veterans, and received private coaching from local university faculty in the days leading up to the IHSMTA Showcase.the
As a Triple Threat Award recipient, Strelecki will represent Iowa at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City, June 17-24. He will attend a nine-day Broadway intensive with private coaching, master classes, and rehearsals with theater professionals. The experience will culminate in a final performance at the Jimmy Awards on June 24 at the Minskoff Theatre, home to Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway.
The Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards are produced by the Des Moines Performing Arts non-profit organization as the culmination of a year-long education initiative. A livestream of the showcase is available online from Iowa Public Television, which will also air a highlight special of the event at 8:30 p.m. on June 28 on IPTV.1.
Adapted from “Two Students Named ‘Triple Threats’ at Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase” (Des Moines Performing Arts).