BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. Briarcliff High School went home with no wins and no regrets Monday night at the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards .
Briarcliff High School received a total of eight nominations for the March production of Sugar. More than a thousand students from nearly 40 high schools from Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties packed Peekskills Paramount Center of the Arts Monday night. Briarcliffs production received eight nominations in May and Director Ian Driver said following the award ceremony that he was proud of everyone who worked on the show.
The evening was great. We didnt win anything but it was still great for everyone involved, Driver said Monday night. The awards were very competitive with schools that were much bigger than us. I think its good for my students to realize that there are a lot of people out there doing great work. I also think we can be very, very proud with our production and what weve achieved.
Driver also wanted to mention how impressed he was with the schools seniors, especially star John Alecci.
Hes been nominated for three years running and I think thats something thats very impressive, Driver said. Its impressive because its something that is extremely difficult to achieve but hes done it.
Alecci said he had no regrets or sorrow Monday night and even though he felt under the weather, he enjoyed doing one last song in front of more than a thousand people at the awards show.
It was great to slap on the high heels one last time, Alecci said with a laugh. Sugar is based on the 1959 film Some Like It Hot where two men dress as women in a traveling band to hide from gangsters. The whole thing was great. Whether you win or lose, it was a great thing and it was a great time.
The Metropolitan High School Theater Awards began in 1998 to shine a spotlight on the exceptional musical theater productions, talented actors and actresses and devoted creative teams who take to the stage every spring in our local high schools, according to the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre, the company that hands out the awards.
Outstanding Overall Production : Archbishop Stepinac H.S. The Phantom of the Opera
Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role : Ossining H.S. Aida - Mykaela Copeland (Aida)
Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role : TIE: Archbishop Stepinac H.S. Phantom of the Opera - Albert Stanaj (Phantom) & Fair Lawn H.S. Nine Sean Dabney (Guido Contini)
Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role : St. Joseph Reg. H.S. Cabaret Kelly Duffy (Fraulein Schneider)
Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role : Archbishop Stepinac H.S. Phantom of the Opera - Chris Guzman (Raoul)
Outstanding Chorus : Ossining H.S. Aida
Outstanding Production Number : Bergen County Academies The King and I The Small House of Uncle Thomas
Outstanding Featured Ensemble Group: Harrison H.S. 42nd Street (Featured Dancers Amanda Almeida, Yvonne Duah, Nicole Ferrara, Tori Feeney, Jackie Ledesma, Andi Rella, Tori Lovallo, Olivia Pagano, Halle Mastroberardino, Nicolette Mitil, Adrianna Nocco, Mikie Sakanaka, Roma Scarano)
Outstanding Duet: Clarkstown South H.S. Into the Woods Hello Little Girl Gina Tenore/Mitchell Schneider (Little Red Ridinghood/Wolf)
Outstanding Vocal Performance: Harrison H.S. 42nd Street Cayla Pettinato (Peggy Sawyer)
Outstanding Acting Performance: Saddle River Day School Gypsy Skylar Gottlieb (Rose)
Outstanding Dance Performance: Lakeland H.S. Oklahoma! Anthony DeMarte (Will Parker)
Outstanding Comic Performance: Ramsey H.S. Curtains - Alex Zammitti Curtains (Christopher Belling)
Outstanding Orchestra (primarily student orchestras only): Bergen County Academies The King and I
Outstanding Instrumentalist: Pearl River H.S. Damn Yankees David Avery (Bass)
Outstanding Musical Direction: Clarkstown South H.S. Into the Woods - Kip Bonsignore
Outstanding Stage Crew: Rye Neck H.S. Beauty and the Beast
Outstanding Lobby Display: Northern Highlands H.S. The Wedding Singer Diane Brown, Anne Wilson, Melissa
Outstanding Graphic Design: Spring Valley H.S. Footloose May Neils, Edneraldine Simon
Outstanding Costuming Achievement: Bergen County Academies The King and I Terry Thiry, Victoria Pero, Janet Adamo
Technical Merit Award (Teacher Nominated): Ossining H.S. Aida Jessica Fleischman (Stage Manager/Lighting Designer) & Rockland Country Day School Urinetown Adam Kapilow (Lighting Designer)
(The list is an unofficial, incomplete listing of the award winners announced Monday. The complete listings are scheduled to be available on the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards website. )
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