May 212014

Lindsey Callan won a TAMY Award for Not-Your-Average Chorus MemberDan Phelps

Lindsey Callan won a TAMY Award for Not-Your-Average Chorus Member

Lindsey Callan of Groton, a freshman at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, won a TAMY Award in the category of Not-Your-Average Chorus Member at Mount Wachusett Community College’s Theatre at the Mount in Gardner on Sunday, May 18. Lindsey played several roles in the winter production of “Shrek: The Musical,” including Teen Fiona, Humpty Dumpty, a rat, and one of the Three Blind Mice. But it was her role as a member of the chorus where she stood out.

Lindsey received her award at the Theatre at the Mount’s eighth annual awards ceremony at Mount Wachusett CC. The Theatre at the Mount’s TAMY Awards, recognize exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in local high schools. The program publicly acknowledges the outstanding effort local schools make to strive for excellence in the performing arts.

“I was scared because I was up against all the big kids,” said Lindsey, who won the award for her first-ever high-school production.

Lindsey was nominated along with 12 other student-actors — one from each school that submitted nominations to Theatre at the Mount, which included Hudson High School, St. John’s Prep of Shrewsbury, Algonquin Regional High School of Northborough, Leominster High School, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School of Fitchburg, Nashoba Regional High School of Bolton, Innovation Charter Academy of Tyngsborough, Auburn High School, Athol High School and Clinton High School.

In the end, all 13 students nominated for Not-Your-Average Chorus Member received awards.

“When they announced everyone who had been nominated for the award won, I cried,” she said.

Lindsey, a student in Nashoba Tech’s TV & Media Production/Theater Arts program, confesses that when she started at Nashoba Tech last fall, she had her eye on Dental Assisting.

“Then I joined the Drama Club, and I realized TV was where I need to be,” said Lindsey, who did some acting before high school. “Until this year, it never felt like that when I got on stage. It’s like home. I want to do this for the rest of my life,” she said.

Lindsey said she wants to resume acting and jazz-dance lessons to prepare for upcoming Nashoba Tech productions.

Lindsey was one of two TAMY award winners from Nashoba Tech this year. Marc Macedo, a junior from Chelmsford, won the Best Actor award for playing Shrek. Nashoba Tech also received nominations for Best Playbill and Rising Star Award for Jillian Slotnick, a 7-year-old Andover girl who is the daughter of Jeremy Slotnick, an English teacher at Nashoba Tech.