Wednesday, May 20, 2015

High School Musical Theater Award Finalists Announced

B2 Productions LLC in Norwich, CT has announced finalists for the seventh annual Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards. (CHSMTA).

The Black Tie Awards Gala will be held 6:30 pm Monday, June 1 at The Palace Theater in Waterbury.  The awards are founded and produced by Brett A. Bernardini.

As the nationally designated, high school musical theater awards program for the state of Connecticut, The Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards are connected with The National High School Musical Theater Award Program based in New York City. 16 awards will be presented along with performances of nominated schools, soloists and accompanied by a full orchestra. 

The recipients of the CHSMTA awards for Outstanding Actor and Actress with travel to New York City at the end of June 2015 where they will join with others young people selected from other similar State program runs by professional theaters, from all across the country for the annual presentation of The Jimmy Awards. The National High School Musical Theater Awards, produced by The Broadway League, is a national celebration of outstanding student achievement that recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performances by high school students. “The Jimmy Award” is named in honor of James M. Nederlander, legendary Broadway theater owner and producer.
Over the past years, The CHSMTAs have had six finalists: Stephen Mark, Grace Hardin, John Jorge, Katie Oxman, Taylor Varga, Jillian Cailoutte) and 2 National winners!! (Stephen Mark, Ridgefield HS and Taylor Varga, Newtown HS).
 


Tickets for the gala event are on sale through The Palace Theater Box Office, 203-346-2000. 

The finalists are:

OUTSTANDING HAIR & MAKE UP ACHIEVEMENT
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Andrea Kennedy & David Linet

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Shannon Courtney

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Gina Gallo, Mary Joan Wright, Merial Cornell, Jeannette Davidson

West Warwick High School – BIG FISH

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Troye Evers


OUTSTANDING COSTUMING ACHIEVEMENT
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Julie Chevan

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Irene Ludemann

Housatonic Valley Regional High School – THE BOYFRIEND
Judi Moore

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Dierdre Alexander

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Bonnie Johnson

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Joanne Nyerick

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Mary Joan Wright, Merial Cornell, Jeanette Davidson

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Dan Hassenmyer

Greater Hartford Academy – SWEET CHARITY
Robyn Joyce

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Kevin Gleason 

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Stef Carr

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Rich Parsons

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Paul Caginalp

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Jeff Whitsett


OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Robert Kennedy

Greater Hartford Academy – SWEET CHARITY
Karen Sparks Mellon

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Kevin Gleason 

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Abby Callery, Jane Matson, Bill Mangold

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Mark Mazzarella

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Casey Lampert

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Cathy Bolton, Sam Maloney, Stephanie Bont 

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Tom Ivanovich & Dave Trovarelli - Horizon Sound

Greater Hartford Academy – SWEET CHARITY
Greg Boucher

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Jason Kurtzman 

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Tim Mammen

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Dave Glanovsky

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Tom Ivanovich

Valley Regional High School – BAND GEEKS 


OUTSTANDING DIRECTION
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Robert & Andrea Kennedy

Housatonic Valley Regional High School – THE BOYFRIEND
Michael Berkeley

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Deirdre Alexander 

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Jane Matson

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Mark Mazzarella

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Thomas Dugan

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Jessica Spillane

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Andrea Kennedy

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
John Carter

Greater Hartford Academy – SWEET CHARITY
Christine Bard-Simoes

Housatonic Valley Regional High School – THE BOYFRIEND
Amber Cameron

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Deirdre Alexander 

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Frank Root & Abigail Root


OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Peter Randazzo

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Dan Balint

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Brett Boles 

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Chelsea Kane, Kim Wiggin

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Chelsea Kane, Kim Wiggin

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Jerold Goldstein

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Michael Wyatt and Jonathan Curri



OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRA
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Co-operative Arts & Humanities High School – CURTAINS
East Lyme High School – GREASE
New Canaan High School – GREASE
Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS


OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS
Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Molly Silverman - BILLIE BENDIX

Immaculate High School – WEST SIDE STORY
Emma Giorgio  - MARIA

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Elizabeth Koennecke  – SANDY

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Chiara Giampietro  - MARIA

Valley Regional High School – BAND GEEKS
Maggie Walsh - LAURA

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Alexandra Cahr  - TRACY

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR
Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Hudson Lee – JIMMY WINTER

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
 Kyle Watkins – STEIN

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Joe Schigas  - CAPTAIN VON TRAPP

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Alex Mainoff  - USNAVI

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Zac Gottschall  - HORACE VANDERGELDER

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Morgan Guadagnoli  - KALA

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Nancy Leville – RIZZO

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Emily Crebbin  - GABBY

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
KodyLynn Perkins - MOTHER ABBAS

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Katherine Kalill  - DANIELLA

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Katherine Griffin - MINNIE FAY

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Madeline Bria   - VELMA 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Kahari Blue – KURCHIK

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Thomas Mueller  - COOKIE

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
 Jack Leonard – BARNABY
Michael Lapore  - CORNELIUS

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Ethan Riordan – CORNEY
Jason Nekritz - WILBER
Anthony Laszlo   - EDNA

OUTSTANDING CHORUS
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Greater Hartford Academy – SWEET CHARITY
New Canaan High School – GREASE
Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Valley Regional High School – BAND GEEKS
Westhill High School - HAIRSPRAY

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMER
Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Isabella Riccio – JEANNIE MULDOON

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Audrey Kirkpatrick - MARTY

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Aimee Talbot  - MALLORY

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Caleigh Lozito  -  ELSA



OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE GROUP
West Warwick High School – BIG FISH
- ALABAMA LAMBS
Sacred Heart Academy – SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
- DIVA DANCERS
Greater Hartford Arts Academy – SWEET CHARITY
FANDAGO GIRLS
Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
- ANGEL CITY 4

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Housatonic Valley Regional High School – THE BOYFRIEND
New Canaan High School – GREASE
Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY

OUTSTANDING LOBBY DISPLAY
                                                                    Amity Regional High School – TARZAN                                                                   
Co-operative Arts and Humanities High School - CURTAINS
Immaculate High School – WEST SIDE STORY
New Canaan High School – GREASE
Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS

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