• High school students win 2013 Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards

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    The 19th annual Geneva College Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards were held on the evening of May 15, 2013.

    The winners of the coveted “Henries” were announced in front of a packed audience of student performers along with their friends and family. Geneva College presents the awards to honor excellence in high school musical theater in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. The event is also supported by the McCarl Family Foundation.

    In addition to awarding the "Henries," the competition selected a male and female winner to represent the region at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City. Auditions were open for all students nominated in the categories of Outstanding Male in a Leading Role and Outstanding Female in a Leading Role. The two high school students who earned the trip to the national competition are Zach Malinak from Freedom Area High School and Francesca Nardone from the Ellwood City Area School District.

    Throughout the evening, each of the nominated schools performed a selection from its musical. At the end of the ceremony, three judges who had not previously seen any of the performances awarded Central Valley High School "Best Performance of the Evening."

    The winners are:

     

    Outstanding Sets & Scenery

    New Brighton Area High School, for The Drowsy Chaperone

    Freedom Area High School, for Fiddler on the Roof

    Beaver Area High School, for Me and My Girl

    Outstanding Technical Achievement

    Riverside High School, for The Wizard of Oz

    Freedom Area High School, for Fiddler on the Roof

    New Brighton Area High School, for The Drowsy Chaperone

    Outstanding Costumes

    Beaver County Christian School, for Annie

    Central Valley High School, for The Wiz

    Riverside High School, for The Wizard of Oz

    Outstanding Student Orchestra

    Beaver Area High School, for Me and My Girl

    Big Beaver Falls Area School District, for The Wiz

    Blackhawk High School, for Beauty and the Beast

    Freedom Area High School, for Fiddler on the Roof

    Outstanding Dance Performance

    Ambridge Area High School, for Curtains

    New Brighton Area High School, for The Drowsy Chaperone

    Beaver Area High School, for Me and my Girl

    Outstanding Vocal Ensemble

    Hopewell High School, for Guys and Dolls

    Freedom Area High School, for Fiddler on the Roof

    Beaver Area High School, for Me and My Girl

    Noteworthy Performance by a Group

    Jenna Rosenfeld and Hunter Large, as the “I Am Adolpho” duet, in The Drowsy Chaperone, New Brighton Area High School

    Alena Kucan and Michael Cannistraci, as The Thenardiers in Les Miserables, Ellwood City Area High School

    Alex Barna, Danny Watts and Ty Richardson, as the “Fugue for Tinhorns” Trio in Guys and Dolls, Hopewell High School

    Julie Pflug and Elijah Smith, for “Love is Always Lovely” duet, in The Drowsy Chaperone, New Brighton Area High School

    Noteworthy Performance by an Individual

    Michael Cannistraci, as Thenardier, in Les Miserables, Ellwood City Area School District

    Elijah Smith, as Underling, in The Drowsy Chaperone, New Brighton Area High School

    Joey Cortez, as Enjolras, in Les Miserables, Ellwood City Area School District

    Alex Barna, as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Hopewell High School

    Tim Pfister, as Lefou in Beauty and the Beast, Blackhawk High School

    Ricky Cavaliere, as Parchester in Me and My Girl, Beaver Area High School

    Outstanding Female in a Supporting Role

    Carly Koza as Lady Jaqueline in Me and My Girl, Beaver Area High School

    Marina Thetford as Cosette in Les Miserables, Ellwood City Area School District

    Amber Leitsch as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Blackhawk High School

    Outstanding Male in a Supporting Role

    Iain McCormick as Javert in Les Miserables, Ellwood City Area School District

    Anthony Aloisi as Tin Man in The Wiz, Central Valley High School

    Calvin Hitchcock as Sir John in Me and My Girl, Beaver Area High School

    Outstanding Female in a Lead Role

    Brianna D’Itri as Sally in Me and My Girl, Beaver Area High School

    Alyssa DeMarco as Janet Van de Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone, New Brighton Area High School

    Francesca Nardone as Eponine in Les Miserables, Ellwood City Area School District

    Outstanding Male in a Lead Role

    John Kusnir as Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, New Brighton Area High School

    Zach Malinak as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Freedom Area High School

    Matthew Barnes, as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Ellwood City Area School District

    Outstanding Overall Performance

    Freedom Area High School, for Fiddler on the Roof

    Beaver Area High School, for Me and My Girl

    Ellwood City Area School District, for Les Miserables

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