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Broadway bound? College is still first for Springs’ actress, actor who won Tommy Tunes

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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:40 am

LEAGUE CITY — Each year, thousands of teens make their way to New York hoping to make it big on Broadway.

Few ever do become stars, but after two Clear Springs High School actors took home Tommy Tune awards last week, their chances may be better than most.

Emily Lewis and Stephen Louis were part of a Clear Springs sweep at the 12th annual Tommy Awards with Tommy Tune last week at Theater Under the Stars. The Broadway legend Tune was on hand to present the awards.

Lewis, 16, is a junior. She won the award for Best Lead Actress for her portrayal of Hope Cladwell in Clear Springs’ production of “Urinetown.”

With her win, Lewis will be in New York this summer for a chance to win a National High School Musical Theater Award or a Jimmy.

The award is named for Broadway theater owner and producer James M. “Jimmy” Nederlander.

“I would love to pursue a career in acting when I get older,” Lewis said.

While the Great White Way is calling, college will come first. Question is where?

“I am undecided,” Lewis said. “I want to major in musical theater, so where I choose to go has to have a strong program.”

She may be undecided about where she wants to study, but she is certain of her dream role.

“Christine in ‘Phantom of the Opera,’” Lewis said without hesitation. “It has been my dream since seventh grade.

“That or Ariel from ‘A Little Mermaid.’”

Louis, 17, is also a junior at Clear Springs. He was this year’s Best Supporting Actor as Officer Lockstock in “Ureintown.”

Last year, Louis won for best-featured performer as Christopher Belling in Clear Springs High School’s “Curtains.”

Like Lewis, Louis is looking to make the stage his office after a stop in college.

“I would love to pursue (musical theater) as a career,” Louis said. “First I would love to find a (college) program that would accept me. If not, I am keeping my heart open to dramatic theater.”

His dream role?

Inspector Javert from “Les Miserables,” a role he performed once before.

There is no rest for Louis or Lewis for that matter.

Both are in rehearsals for “Pippin” as part of the Houston cast in the revival.

That’s a big deal for Lewis, because she is a huge Bob Fosse fan — the original director of the Tony Award-winning production.

And for Louis, Patina Miller, who was Leading Player in “Pippin” on London’s West End for a year and who won a Tony for the role, is one of his major acting influences.

“Her sense of life and purpose on stage is outstanding,” Louis said.