Annual show scheduled for Sunday, May 21 live at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre; more than $100,000 in scholarships to be awarded

The Majestic Empire Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists that have been selected to step into the spotlight at the 2023 Joci Awards, scheduled on Sunday, May 21 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. In partnership with Blanchard Creative Group, the show is the culmination of the Foundation’s annual scholarship program. The Foundation will once again award over $100,000 in scholarship funds, maintaining its designation as one of the largest funding sources of its kind in the country.

The Joci Awards highlights students in five different categories including Acting, Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Dance and Vocal. The finalists for this year’s Joci Awards are:

Persephone Amato, Junior

Jack Dulling, Senior

Eduardo Gallardo, Senior

CJ Heiskell, Junior

Will Lunsford, Junior

Ollie McCrary, Junior

Adrianna Rodriguez, Sophomore

Andres-Roman Wood, Senior

Best Lead Actor in a Musical
Briggs Blume, Junior

Cameron Duggins, Senior

Kruz Maldonado, Junior

Christian Wood, Junior

Best Lead Actress in a Musical
Arden Allmon, Senior

Danica Feig, Sophomore

Madelynn Forcier, Senior

Hannah Jenkins, Senior

Sophie Leune, Sophomore

Azaria McCants, Senior

Laurel Seller, Senior

Noelani De La Garza, Senior

Isabella DeLeon, Junior

Megan Gault, Senior

Abigail Wessa, Junior

Elliot Kehoe, Senior

Michelle Ko, Senior

Emma Mason, Senior

Sophia Luz Tellus, Junior