Georgia high school thespians have their version of the Tony Awards called the Shuler Hensley Awards or the Shuler Awards for short.  The Shulers celebrate the best of the best in Georgia high school musical theatre.

This year’s awards show was due to be held at the Cobb Energy Centre but because of the restrictions put into place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shulers were held virtually.  Georgia Public Broadcasting aired the virtual awards show on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 8 p.m.

Presley Dale and Jesse Hanks win a Shuler Award for Best Musical Direction for their performance in Buford High School’s rendition of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Photo – David Hanks

Buford High School’s musical theatre department garnered six nominations for their rendition of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”  The competition was fierce with a crowded field of talented thespians.

Earning a prestigious Shuler Award for Buford were Presley Dale and Jesse Hanks for Best Music Direction.  Both Dale and Hanks are seniors at BHS and have long been active participants in the performing arts at Buford.

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