The Laguna Beach High School production of "Into the Woods" and one of its stars won top honors Sunday at the 42nd annual Childress M.A.C.Y. Awards, held for the first time at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa.
"Into the Woods" was honored with the "Performance of the Day" award, and Elan "E.J." Kramer, who played the Baker in the show, was presented with a trophy for the Best Performance by an Actor and a trip to New York to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards, a week-long competition at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre.
"My first thought was: Did they make a mistake?" Kramer said on Wednesday. "Once I go to New York, it will probably hit me."
Kramer is the first-ever Laguna Beach student chosen for a best performance award, according to Sande St. John of Laguna Beach.
St. John is member of the board of Childress Music and Arts Commendation for Youth Awards, better known as M.A.C.Y. The awards are credited as the Oscars of high school musicals, or as Master of Ceremonies George Pennacchio of ABC7 Eyewitness News put it "The CIF of musicals."