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Jasmine portrays James' evil Aunt Spiker in Inspiration Stage's production of “James and the Giant Peach” in November 2016. Also shown: James' other evil Aunt Sponge, played by Maura Dooley.

Jasmine portrays James’ evil Aunt Spiker in Inspiration Stage’s production of “James and the Giant Peach” in November 2016. Also shown: James’ other evil Aunt Sponge, played by Maura Dooley.

Teen Wins The TUTS Tommy Tune Award For Best Actress

National award-winning Inspiration Stage is proud to congratulate one of its own – Jasmine Rogers.

A graduating senior at Austin High School and veteran of the school’s theatre department and Sugar Land’s community theatre, Inspiration Stage, Jasmine was recently awarded the coveted Best Actress nod in the greater Houston area Tommy Tune Awards ceremony for her portrayal of The Witch in Austin High School’s production of Into the Woods.

Hosted by Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), the Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in high school musical theatre created by students and educators in the greater Houston metropolitan area. 2017 marked the Awards’ 15th year. The 2017 ceremony, held April 18 at the Hobby Center, recognized theatre troupes from 45 local high schools from districts including Fort Bend, Lamar Consolidated, Houston and Pearland.

Participating schools performed a chosen musical before judges in the spring, in anticipation of nominations for a variety of awards at the annual awards showcase. Jasmine was awarded the top honor after competing against eight talented peers nominated in the Best Actress category.

Jasmine brought to life, in an incredibly sinister way, the much-hated witch. Surprised and elated by her win, her Tommy Tune acceptance speech, which shone with the class that she portrays in all areas of her life, was filled with thanks to her mother, Jacquelyn McCardell, for all of her support through the years.

“Winning this award was an amazing experience — one that I will treasure for the rest of my life,” Jasmine says. “The Witch has always been a dream role of mine, and finally getting to portray her on stage was incredible. I was glad to finish my high-school career portraying such a strong character, and hope to tackle the show again in the future.”

Jasmine was born in Boston, where she lived until her family moved to Texas in 2010. She is currently a Richmond resident, living in the Aliana subdivision.

Jasmine knew from a very young age that she liked to perform. When she was 7 years old she was cast in her first play as a member of Tiger Lily’s tribe in Milford Performing Arts Center’s production of Peter Pan, a community theatre production in Milford, Mass.

“Jasmine has always loved to sing, and putting it together with acting just seemed to make sense,” says McCardell. “She likes to challenge herself. I remember the audition for her first musical. Jasmine was only seven and she chose to audition with “Popular” from Wicked. I asked if she might want to pick something a little easier, and she said, ‘No thanks, I like this song.’ ”

Subsequently, she has performed in dozens of school and community productions, with some of her favorite musical roles being Mimi in Rent, Candy in Zombie Prom, Danielle in Bring it On, Aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach, Jr., and of course, The Witch in Into the Woods. One of her favorite non-musical roles was portraying Marie Antoinette, in the play of the same name.

“Acting has taught me so many things about myself. The beautiful thing about being on stage in front of an audience is how you can feel completely vulnerable and safe at the same time,” says Jasmine. “The art of story telling is such an amazing thing; you have the ability to make an audience member think, change their perspective, or simply just brighten their day. There is nothing else I would rather do.”

Jasmine’s first show with Inspiration Stage was I Never Saw Another Butterfly, during iStage’s inaugural year. She has dedicated hours to developing unique characters in both adult and youth productions, but her breakthrough performance that truly wowed audiences, was her portrayal as Mimi in Rent in 2016. The same year, she starred in James and the Giant Peach, Jr., which later traveled to Atlanta in January 2017 to compete at the Junior Theatre Festival. For her role of James’ ridiculous Aunt Spiker, Jasmine received an All Star Cast Award and the show received the festival’s top honor of Outstanding Performance, both presented in front of the festival’s 6,000 attendees

“Jasmine shines onstage and off. She is a fearless performer who works tirelessly to bring her characters to life,” says Mandy Seymore-Sensat, Inspiration Stage’s artistic director. “She has a tremendous voice that takes your breath away.”

Jasmine auditioned for and was ac­cepted to many performing arts schools across the country, from Texas all the way to Boston. She made her final decision to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where she will continue to train and perform in coming years, with aspirations of eventually tackling Broadway.

“Jasmine’s future looks bright,” continues Seymore-Sensat. “It has been a joy to watch her grow and to see her spread her wings and soar. I know she is destined for big things. I’m so very proud of her.”

Inspiration Stage is a national award-winning performance arts studio located in the historic Sugar Land Auditorium
at 226 Lakeview Dr. The 2017-2018 season has been announced and includes youth and adult productions, as well as acting and production classes. The 2017 summer schedule includes 21 youth summer camps for ages 4 through 18. Visit inspirationstage.com to learn more.

 

Jasmine portrays Danielle in "Bring it On" in September 2016 at Inspiration Stage.

Jasmine portrays Danielle in “Bring it On” in September 2016 at Inspiration Stage.

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Jasmine and her mother, Jacquelyn McCardell, Jasmine’s biggest fan and greatest supporter.

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Jasmine Rogers as Mimi in Inspiration Stage’s production of “Rent” in February 2016.

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Jasmine portrays the witch in Austin High School’s production of “Into the Woods,” the performance that earned Jasmine the Tommy Tune win for Best Actress.


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