Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design: St. Joseph (N.J.), â€œWest Side Story,â€ Joe Egan Joe, who directed Nyack’s production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” wasn’t in the house to pick up his award.
They only needed a few notes before they began slinking on the stage, preening and scratching in full cat garb. They sang the opening “Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats” and then went into “Memory.” What a workout! My goodness! They were all over the place, singing all the while. Each… Read More →
Outstanding Lobby Display: Ramsey (N.J.), â€œOnce Upon a Mattress,â€ Sarah Calogero and the Art Club It was presented by Mary Resanovich, the judging supervisor of the awards, and was accepted by the show’s director on their behalf.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Member: Blind Brook, â€œFiddler on the Roof,â€ Kelsey Crandall (Fruma Sarah) She must have been something in this role. The character is on stage for one song. And Blind Brook erupted when she was announced as the winner! â€œThis is really cool and I’m totally… Read More →
Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design: River Dell (N.J.), â€œHigh School Musical,â€ Annie Arjarasumpan John Fannelli of the Lighthouse Youth Theater presented this award. Annie had to come to the stage from the balcony. She thanked the cast and crew, the director and her parents. Short and sweet.
Outstanding Stage Crew: Archbishop Stepinac, â€œSinginâ€™ in the Rainâ€ They made it rain on stage, and they have the award to show for it. Accepting the award, the stage crew leader thanked the usual suspects. One award, one win for Stepinac. They’re up for 12 awards….
It’s so funny to be here, in a dark theater, hearing the kids from each school scream — I mean SCREAM! — when their school is mentioned. The show is under way and Barry Carl, the dude from Rockapella, kicked things off, declaring there was no budget for jokes this… Read More →
The kids from Pleasantville rehearsed and then headed out for dinner â€” “Bus 1 to Burger King, Bus 2 to Chinese” â€” and came back. You could hear them from the street, shouting the Russian song from the engagement scene that comes along with “To Life.” In the middle of… Read More →
Just chatted with Deb Spahr, Rye Neck’s choreographer, who said that the school gave up their costumes after the March performance and got them back for tonight’s event. That’s a lot of Spandex. “We have a lot of seniors and they’re really excited,” she said. “Once you put on the… Read More →
Took a while to set up the WiFi signal, but here I am from the HSTAs. (Still miss Helen, that great dame.) Stepinac made it after a cracked windshield on their bus delayed them a bit. But into the lobby strolled director Frank Portanova, looking none the worse for wear…. Read More →
Looks like the steambath-breaking storm we’ve all been waiting for should be coming through Peekskill at about showtime. Let’s hope the lights don’t go out at the Paramount. If they do, I think the award for outstanding lighting design should be skipped…..
We’re gearing up for the big awards show tomorrow in Peekskill. I’ll be blogging live from the awards with winners as they are announced and we’ll be staffing it with a photographer and video photographer to capture the highlights for the Web. So check back starting at about 6 p.m…. Read More →
A week from Sunday, Broadway hands out its Tony Awards. Next Tuesday, the Lower Hudson Valleyâ€™s version of the Tonys take center stage, with the 10th-annual High School Theater Awards in Peekskill honoring the best in nominated high-school musicals. Today, itâ€™s time for the second annual Pedro de Baca Gutierrez… Read More →
Got some great news I thought I’d share. Buchananâ€™s Hand-To-Mouth Players theatre company won five awards at the Eastern States Theatre Associationâ€™s annual festival, ESTAFest08/Original Works, held in Newark, Delaware earlier this month. The awards were given for HTMâ€™s production of the one-act play, â€œFostered Ideal,â€ by Bradley Vile. Among… Read More →