Blaine student wins state theater award

NathanSmith-copyBy Alyssa Pitcher

Blaine High School junior Nathan Smith, 16, won Best Male Musical Soloist at the Washington Thespian State Theatre

The annual competition was held at Western Washington University on March 21. Smith is the first student from Blaine High School to win the competition. “I know I won’t be the last because we have lots of hidden talent at Blaine,” he said.

According to Smith, he performed in front of approximately 30 people plus judges and was scored based on a tight rubric. Winners were chosen based on their rubric score and how memorable their performance was.

For the competition Smith performed the song, “I Know What I’m Looking For,” from the musical “Something’s Afoot.” The song is about a man who visits his dead uncle’s house in search of the uncle’s will in hopes of inheriting money, according to Smith. He finds the will but discovers he isn’t on it.

“I chose that song because I’m known for my comedic acting,” Smith said, adding it allowed him to show off both his singing and acting abilities.

Smith has performed in nine musicals: three Blaine High School shows and six community shows. He is currently performing in the ensemble of Northwest Washington Theatre Group’s production of High School Musical.

Smith plans to continue with theater and to study it in college. His dream is to someday perform on Broadway.

On April 24, Smith will represent Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties at the San Juan Music Association’s state solo and ensemble competition in
Ellensburg, Washington. In June, he will represent Washington state at the Thespian Festival national competition in Nebraska.

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