Rochester Broadway Theater League recently held its 19th annual Stars of Tomorrow recognition ceremony to celebrate high school musical theater programs in the Greater Rochester area.
Local high schools with fall and spring productions are invited to participate in the program. Schools were divided into four divisions based on school populations, with judges assigned specific divisions. Areas of concentration were scored and awards were given to schools or individuals with the highest scores within each category.
This year, 36 local schools from across a nine-county area participated in the Stars of Tomorrow program. During the ceremony, 30 of the schools performed a selection from their high school’s musical theater production.
The emphasis of the ceremony focused on student achievement and recognition. Awards were presented for outstanding musical production, acting ensemble, dance ensemble, singing ensemble, student orchestra, production crew, leading actress, leading actor, supporting actress and supporting actor.
Recognized schools and students were selected based on highest point values given by the judges, who traveled to each high school’s production to rate the show.
Marion Central School’s “Hello, Dolly!” received outstanding dance ensemble, acting ensemble, production crew, singing ensemble and musical production. Drew Holahan received outstanding supporting actor as “Barnaby Tucker” and Reese Holahan received outstanding leading actor as “Cornelius Hackl.”
Newark High School’s “The Addams Family” received outstanding production crew.
North Rose-Wolcott High School’s “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” earned outstanding production crew, student orchestra and singing ensemble. Sam Mattice was recognized with outstanding supporting actor as “Jean-Michele,” Anahbelle Gregg, as “Gabrielle,” and Kensie Graham, as “Madame,” each received outstanding supporting actress.
Sodus Central School’s “The Pirates of Penzance” was recognized with outstanding dance ensemble and singing ensemble. Individual awards went to Leah Curran, “Mabel,” outstanding leading actress; Sammi Datthyn, “Ruth,” outstanding leading actress; Danny Mares, “Frederic, outstanding leading actor; and Evan Jackson, “Maj. Gen. Stanley,” outstanding leading actor.
Wayne Central High School’s “Curtains” earned outstanding dance ensemble, production crew, student orchestra, singing ensemble and musical production. Brianna Gerhardt received outstanding supporting actress for her role as “Nikki Harris.”
Williamson Senior High School’s “Aida” received outstanding dance ensemble and musical production. Avery Carlson earned outstanding leading actress as “Aida.”
The ceremony was hosted by WHAM 1180’s Joe Lomonaco and Nicolette Hart, Broadway actress and back-up singer for Bette Midler.
Stars of Tomorrow debuted in the Greater Rochester area in 1999 to bring recognition high school musicals and performing arts students.
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