Versailles students make Broadway Debut

VERSAILLES — Two Versailles High School students are making their way to Broadway.

“Every theater kid dreams of being on Broadway. It’s the top of the top. You can’t go any higher in the theater world,” Linsey Ausborn said.

When Isabel Rawlins learned she and her best friend Zach Ahrens had been nominated for The Jimmy Awards, that is exactly how she described it felt. Like a dream.

“My first reaction was complete shock. I was in denial, I didn’t believe it,” Rawlins said. “I honestly had to pinch myself. Stuff like this happens in movies, so to be embarking on a life long dream felt out of reach.

Ahrens and Rawlins have been named the Miami Valley High Theater Awards Jimmy Nominees. The Awards will be held at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway on June 27. Not only will they be representing the Miami Valley in NYC, but they will also be representing Versailles High School Musical Theater.

“Being nominated was so surreal,” Rawlins said. “It felt like a dream and the fact that I am going with one of my best friends was hard to wrap my mind around, but I am so grateful and excited.”

The National High School Musical Theater Awards, more commonly known as the Jimmy Awards, are awards given annually to recognize musical theater performances by high school students in the United States. There are two main awards given each year: Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor.

Both rising seniors have been involved with theater from a young age. Ahrens has been in theater for nine years, starting in community theater and working his way up to High School Productions, and Rawlins has been involved from the young age of seven.

Versailles Musical Director Robin Brown, can attest to….

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