EASTON, Pa. - The stage is set for the biggest night of the year for local high school performers.
The 11th annual Freddy Awards will be on stage, and on the air Thursday night. But before the curtain goes up, the students had one last run through Wednesday night.
For the last two weeks hundreds of students have been rehearsing. They know their steps, their costumes are ready and their performances are perfected.
"It's very exciting," said State Theatre president and CEO Shelley Brown with a smile. "And everything is pretty much fever pitch."
Behind every performance is a team of people making sure the video, lights and audio are spot on. There's just two weeks to get everything just right and ready for all 30 schools involved. Wednesday night's dress rehearsal is a critical part of that.
"What we run through really is the technicality of the kids performances, we try very hard to have the Freddy Awards be mostly performance," explained Brown.
While these positions don't take center stage, it's one of the most important jobs at the Freddy's.
Thirty schools are involved with the Freddy's this year. For many freshmen, this is their first experience with the show and some say they're feeling the pressure.
"I'm excited and I'm anxious to see the results and stuff, and I'm excited to perform in front of everyone," smiled Parkland High freshman Abby Kern.
"There's a lot of pressure to do well," added Chris Smith, a freshman at Southern Lehigh. "We're up against some really big players."
Freedom and Parkland High Schools both topped the charts with 15 nominations each. But win or lose, most performers say it's an honor just be part of the annual theater celebration.
"The schools are really good," shared Parkland freshman Megan Schmidt. "Everyone has a lot of awesome talent and it's going to be a lot of fun tomorrow night."
"It's magical," explained Greg Adams, a senior at Freedom High School. "It's really really great just to see everybody in the community come together for the sake of theater and appreciate what each other has worked really hard for over the course of the year."
"It's a thrill ride all the way, it's exciting, it's nerve wracking and we're all really happy at 10:01 p.m.," Brown said.
The Freddys kick off here at the State Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday night.
Watch it live on WFMZ Channel 69 or livestreamed on wfmz.com.
Allentown, PA 18102