Andy Grotelueschen—CHS Hall of Honor

A  Clinton High School student or 2020 graduate has researched and written the following article about one of the 2020 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 16, at Clinton High School.

Andy Grotelueschen

The Arts

By Hillary Burken

Andy Groteluschen, of the Clinton High Graduating Class of 1998, is someone well known to every member of the CHS drama department. Andy joined his first drama production of The Wizard of Oz, in the 7th grade at Lyons Middle School, with encouragement from a good friend. Since then he fell in love wiAndy Groteluschen, of the Clinton High graduating class of 1998, is someone well known to every member of the CHS drama department. Andy joined his first drama production, “The Wizard of Oz,” in the 7th grade at Lyons Middle School, due to the encouragement from a good friend. Since then he has fallen in love with the theatre. He continued this love by partaking in drama through high school.

After graduation, Mr. Groteluschen went to Marquette and got his BA in theatre. From there he went on to get his MFA of Fine Arts from Brown, in 2005. He then joined a small group of his fellow actors, putting on shows. Together they performed in California, New York, and London. After working in many off-Broadway productions, he landed the role of Jeff in the revival of “Tootsie!” Throughout his career as an actor, he told himself, “All right, I can do this.”

Mr. Groteluschen continued to work on Broadway and in 2019, he was nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical in the 73rd annual Tony awards. When asked about this event, Mr. Groteluschen thought of the “love, family spirit, and comradery,” that he had experienced both at Clinton High and on the big stage of Broadway. When asked about the future, Mr. Groteluschen expressed his growing excitement about the reopening of Broadway’s main stages, and he is hopeful that he will be able to continue this love of the fine arts for many years.

Due to the pandemic, the Clinton High School Hall of Honor induction was postponed last year. The district is now planning to honor this strong class of inductees on Friday, April 16 at Clinton High School. The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day. Social distancing, face coverings, and sanitation routines will be required.

The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $10 per other attendees. Main entrees are Lasagne Al Forno (Italian Beef Lasagna) or Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan). If you are interested in attending, please contact Deb Deters at ddeters@clintonia.org.

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