The Newark High School spring production of “The Music Man” was recognized at the Rochester Broadway Theater League’s 21st Stars of Tomorrow ceremony at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester.
Newark’s awards of recognition in Division B schools included outstanding dance ensemble, outstanding acting ensemble, outstanding production crew, tips of the hat to Anisha Stallworth (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn) and the Rock Island Ensemble, and future star recognition to Addison Burgess (Amaryllis) and Braydan Sherman (Winthrop).
“I am incredibly proud of our cast and crew for this recognition,” said Emily Howard, who directed and choreographed the show. “RBTL’s Stars of Tomorrow is an excellent reminder that we are part of a greater community that values and understands the importance of theater in our schools. I feel lucky to work in a district and community that allows our students to have these opportunities.”
Vocal music teacher Kate Flock was the vocal director for the show, instrumental music teacher Bob Humphrey was the pit band director and Mary Lou Bonnell was the piano accompanist.
The Stars of Tomorrow program gives recognition to high school musicals and performing arts students in a nine-county area. Over 30 high schools from Greater Rochester participate in this adjudication program.
Participating schools are divided into four divisions based on population and geographic area, and judges are 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.
At the annual recognition ceremony, participating schools perform a selection from their musical. Newark performed a portion of “76 Trombones.”
The event begins with an opening production number featuring performers from each school. NHS students Isabella Bailey, Ashton Keene, Joey Malach, Anisha Stallworth, Deborah Szarek and Medina VanDuyne participated in the opening number.