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Nicholas Vuckovich Wins Award as Lead Male Soloist

Nicholas Vuckovich holding his Male Soloist JRAY for his performance as Link in AMPA Hamilton High School’s production of “Hairspray.”

Ridgewood-Wilton resident Nick Vuckovich was recently recognized for his outstanding lead male solo performance in Academy of Musical and Performing Arts Hamilton High School’s production of the musical “Hairspray” where he played the role of Link. Vuckovich was awarded a JRAY for Lead Male Soloist at the awards ceremony in Orange County on May 25, 2019.

The JRAY, short for John Raitt Awards for Youth, recognizes outstanding high school musical theater excellence in all performance and technical production categories. Twenty-six Performing Arts High Schools, public and private, participated in the competition this year.

“The JRAY is like a tiny TONY award,” explained Nick’s mom, Amy Vuckovich.  “The judges, all volunteers, come two times during the run of the musical theater show.  They make their decision prior to the awards show, where the schools have a chance to perform a 2-5 minute medley.”
Nicholas Vuckovich as Link in Hairspray with costar Avery Heron as Tracy.

“Nick attributes his success to his 8 years of study under Mike Stevens at the Colburn School,” said Amy, adding “His mom and dad are very proud!”

Amy told the Buzz that Nick was always interesting in singing and performing as a young child. 
“It was really clear this was something he wanted to do and that he was pretty good at it,” said Amy.

AMPA Hamilton High School was also nominated in Stage Management and Orchestra.

The JRAY program operates under the umbrella organization of FCLO Music Theatre, which was founded as a nonprofit organization in December 1971, under the organizational name of Fullerton Civic Light Opera Music Theatre.  FCLO delivered high-quality live musical theater in the Orange County Performing Arts scene for over 45 years.  They won numerous awards for their productions and provided a platform for performers young and old to hone their craft and entertain audiences from all over the Southland.

We love to tout the accomplishments of local residents. Our thanks to proud mom Amy Vuckovich for sharing this news with the Buzz so we can share it with you. Please feel free to send us more “buzz-worthy” accomplishments of your friends and family!


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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