Newark High School’s spring musical production of “The Addams Family” recently won awards and recognition at Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Stars of Tomorrow Recognition Ceremony at RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre in Rochester.
“The Addams Family” received six recognition awards in the Division B category: outstanding production crew, Director’s Tip of the Hat to Cheyenne Lane for stage management and Adam DeRue for lighting design; Adjudicator’s Tip of the Hat to Mara Cornwell as “Grandma” and Cody Acquista as “Pugsley”; and Future Star of Tomorrow to Acquista.
The show was directed by Emily Howard, who also served as choreographer.
“We are proud to participate in a program that recognizes achievements in high school theater,” Howard said. “Congratulations to the cast and crew of ‘The Addams Family.’”
NHS vocal music teacher Kate Flock served as the show’s vocal director along with NHS instrumental music teacher Bob Humphrey as pit band director and Mary Lou Bonnell as piano accompanist.
The Stars of Tomorrow program recognizes high school musicals and its performing arts students in a nine-county area. Participating schools were divided into four divisions based on population and geographic area. Judges were assigned to specific divisions to score individual schools in dance, acting and singing ensemble, supporting actor/actress, production crew, student orchestra, musical production and leading actor/actress.
Participating schools had the opportunity to perform a selection from their musical at Auditorium Theatre during the recognition ceremony. The event started with an opening production number featuring performers from each school.
“Kudos to Shelby Ann Cramer, Carson Jordan, Megan Cauwels, Madison Chandler, Mara Cornwell, Grace Kreuser and Mallory Williams for singing, dancing and playing their instruments in the opening and closing numbers,” Howard said. “Newark is lucky to have each of them representing our program.”