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Not A Sweep, But Amity’s Record 15 Nominations Garners 7 Wins

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Jun 052013
 

Amity Regional High School won Best Musical in CT at the June 4 CT High School Musical Theater Awards.

Amity Regional High School won Best Musical in CT at the June 4 CT High School Musical Theater Awards.

A lot of hard work goes a long way, no one knows that better than Rob and Andrea Kennedy. Even when a “journalist” penned a fabricated story that made national headlines, and tarnished the high school musical for some potential theater goers, the directors did not blink an eye and went on with business as usual, creating yet another award-winning production for Amity High School.

And award-winning it was, Amity High School’s Spring Musical Sweeney Todd was nominated for a total of 15 Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards (CHSMTA) and in spite of the negativity some individuals threw at it, the theater appreciating public and professional adjudicators loved it.

At Tuesday night’s Awards Gala at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, many high school students blew the audience away with their energy and talent onstage. All  performed with the benefit of wearing their costumes during their numbers so the packed house could fully appreciate their productions. Whereas Amity’s cast took the stage in tuxedos and gowns and performed “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” to thunderous applause and a standing ovation. And in her solo performance, Best Actress Nominee Alida Ballou totally sold “Worst Pies In London” even wearing a white goddess gown.

In the end, it was Amity’s night. It wasn’t a sweep, but with 7 awards, Amity was the big winner of the night.

Two Amity grads, John Jorge – Best Actor 2010 and Alli Kramer – Best Actress 2012, not only performed, but presented awards as well.

One of the best moments for the Amity crowd was when Alli Kramer announced the name of the Best Supporting Actor … “and the winner is Peter Charney, Amity High School!”  Charney, a senior, played Toby in Sweeney Todd. He’s been performing since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. This was his last opportunity to participate in the CHSMTA.

Two other Amity students, Kevin Durkee (Sweeney Todd) and Nicole Simon (Beggar Woman) were chosen to sing in a chorus with 18 other students from participating high schools in a tribute to the Newtown victims, performing “Seasons of Love.”

Some great moments of the evening were when four time nominated Lighting Designer Dan [“I feel like Leonardo DeCaprio”] Hassenmayer finally won.  Rob Kennedy accepted the award on his behalf, explaining that Dan was at the high school setting up lights for this weekend’s Pops Concert.

The Kennedys accepted the Outstanding Director’s award together.

And rounding out the evening, after the best actor and actress winners were announced, it was time for the top prize, “Outstanding High School Musical.” The theater erupted in deafening screams when “Amity Regional High School, Sweeney Todd,” was announced.

The entire Amity entourage took the stage and student Ted McNulty (Pirelli) and Sarah DeFeo (Dream Lucy Barker) made the acceptance speech.

So, to the critics and haters … what can I say? The people who know a thing or two about theater have spoken. Congratulations Amity. And congratulations to ALL the winners at this year’s gala.

Below is a list of all the nominees with the winners denoted in Red.

OUTSTANDING HAIR & MAKE UP ACHIEVEMENT
Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Lydia Pensa
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Kadie Tolderlund
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU
Regional Center for the Arts – 9 TO 5    Daniel Koye, Alison Wadsworth

OUTSTANDING COSTUMING ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Julie Chevan
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Ann Brown
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Jeannine Carr & Molly Cook
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Mark Mazzarella
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU    Mary Joan Wright, Merial Cornell, Jeanette Davidson
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Tina Stoddard

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Dan Hassenmayer
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Eric Shutz, Dick Shutz, Nick Santanielle
Simsbury High School – ANNIE    Aaron Spivey
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Rich Parsons
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Doug Harry
Westhill High School – CHICAGO    Joe Vitti

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Robert Kennedy
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS     Tom Matson
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Joe Loya & Mary Raymond
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Don Murphy
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Mark Mazzarella
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Robert & Andrea Kennedy
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS    Jane Matson
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Mary Raymond
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Joyce Flanagan
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Mark Mazzarella
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU    Jessica Spillane
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Ingrid Walsh

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS    Jane Matson
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Matthew Farina
Simsbury High School – ANNIE    Amy Borysewicz
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU    Frank & Abigail Root
Westhill High School – CHICAGO    Emily Frangipane
 OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Peter Randazzo
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Joyce Flanagan
Trinity Catholic High School – LES MISERABLES    Christopher Rich
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU    Jerold Goldstein
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Ryan Driscoll & Laura Traver
Waterbury Arts Magnet School – IN THE HEIGHTS     John Mobillo

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRA

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS
Darien High School – GUYS & DOLLS
East Lyme High School – LEADER OF THE PACK
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Alida Baliou  – MRS. LOVETT
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Deanna Lasco – VANESSA
Regional Center for the Arts – 9 TO 5    Jonelle Sedgwick- VIOLET NEWSTEAD
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Tara Mazur – EPONINE
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Allie Short – COSETTE
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Jillian Caillouette – JO MARCH
Trinity Catholic High School – LES MISERABLES    Julia Capogrossi – EPONINE

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR

Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS    Taylor Vargas  – J. PIERPONT FINCH
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Michael Hudak – UNSAVI
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Sam Gravitte – JEAN VALJEAN
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU    Matt Johnson – BOBBY CHILD
Westhill High School – CHICAGO    Richard Westfahl – BILLY FLYNN

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Shaylen Harger – JOHANNA
East Lyme High School – LEADER OF THE PACK    Emily Young – DARLENE LOVE
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Elizabeth D’Aiuto – MMD. THERNARDIER
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Jean Kenney – MARMEE
Simsbury High School – ANNIE    Kerrie Maguire – MISS HANNIGAN
Stamford High School – GUYS & DOLLS    Alex Cahr – MISS ADELAIDE
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Grace Carver – MEG BROCKIE

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Peter Charney – TOBY
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS – Benny    Nick Gerbo – BENNY
Regional Center for the Arts – 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL    Jared Smith – FRANKLIN M. HART JR.
Stamford High School – GUYS & DOLLS    Sam Strizver – NATHAN DETROIT

OUTSTANDING CHORUS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Regional Center for the Arts – 9 TO 5
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES
Suffield Academy – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (?) will double check
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON
Waterbury Arts Magnet School – IN THE HEIGHTS

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMER

East Lyme High School – LEADER OF THE PACK    Mary Scheyder – ANNIE GOLDEN
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Kent Coleman – ENJOIRAS
Stamford High School – GUYS & DOLLS    Bennett Leads – NICELY-NICELY JOHNSON
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Seamus McGinley – HARRY BEATON

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE GROUP

Simsbury High School – ANNIE    The Orphans
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS    The Secretaries
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU – Follies Girls    Beth Murphy, Marisa Noschese, Carley Berlin, Ava Gallo, Katherine Griffin, Kayla Murry, Rakshana Selvarajan, Ya’Monei Teel
Westhill High School – CHICAGO – Cellblock Tango Women    Erica Casinelli, Jessica Freedman, Madeline Bria, Zoe DePresta, Lauren Wilson

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES
St. Paul’s Catholic High School – LITTLE WOMEN
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU

OUTSTANDING LOBBY DISPLAY

Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Gail Archer, Sue Guidera, Donna Lasco, Mary Stocks
Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Cheri Charney & Tom Lawler
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Mark Mazzarella
New Britain High School – AIDA
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Tina Stoddard

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
(5 awards presented out of 16 nominees and 8 finalists)

Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU
Greg St. Germain – Student Lighting Design

Waterbury Arts Magnet School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Claire Gaudette – PSM

Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES
Catherine Heller – Scenic Artist

Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON
Benedict Stephens – Student Percussion

Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED
Sean Watkins – Stage Manager

ACHIEVEMENT IN ARTS EDUCATION AWARDS

Plainfield High School – WILLY WONKA
Brian Stevenson & Kevin Marino

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC DESIGN

Westhill High School — CHICAGO.

 

The 4th President’s Award

Cary Dupont — St. Paul’s Catholic HS