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11th Annual Basie Awards Recap

originally published: 05/19/2016

11th Annual Basie Awards Recap

(RED BANK, NJ) -- A sold-out Count Basie Theatre hosted the eleventh-annual Basie Awards on Wednesday, May 18, as students and faculty directors from across Monmouth County were recognized for their achievements in high school dramas and musicals. Twenty-one dramas and 28 musical performances were evaluated by the BASIE AWARDS nomination committee this year, which produced nods for students, productions and schools in various acting and production categories.

"Once again we were blown away by the level of talent we continue to see in Monmouth County," said Adam Philipson, President / CEO, Count Basie Theatre. "The energy in the theatre tonight was as thrilling and loud as if The Boss had been on stage. We have helped to create a community of supportive theatre lovers and we have Yvonne Lamb-Scudiery to thank for creating this magical event."

The 2016 Basies Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Lamb-Scudiery, the theatre's Education Director and founder of the Basie's Performing Arts Academy, leading its charge as a community and educational change agent for more than 15 years.

"With the support of a fabulous team here at the Basie," Lamb-Scudiery said, "we have become a leader in arts education, impacting thousands of lives each year. If living my dream isn't enough, I am doubly proud to be the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award, and inspired to continue our work to become a regional center for learning, creativity and ennobling power of the arts."

Additionally, winners of the Count Basie Theatre's Arts Impacts Scholarships were announced, honoring four high school seniors whose life, academic and career choice has been impacted by the arts. Paulina Homiak (Middletown High School South) received the Siciliano Landscape Company Arts Impact Scholarship, Jacob Wahba (Ranney School) was named winner of the Moser Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, Shannon Corsi (Rumson-Fair Haven High School) received the Monmouth Medical Center – Barnabas Health Arts Impact Scholarship), and Cassi Zappala (Middletown High School North) was named winner of the Monmouth County Freeholders Basie Scholarship for Continuing Education.



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The 2016 BASIE AWARDS were sponsored in part by Barnabas Health-Monmouth Medical Center, in a partnership that promotes awareness of the importance of the arts in physical and mental well-being.

"Monmouth Medical Center is very proud of its partnership with Count Basie Theatre, which has a well-earned reputation as one of New Jersey's most popular and respected arts institutions," said Bill Arnold, President and CEO, Monmouth Medical Center and The Unterberg Children's Hospital. "The Basie Awards are a great example of what happens when two pillars of the community create a dynamic and powerful partnership. Even though our missions are different, our goals are the same: a vision for our community, based on a culture of high expectations and a stellar quality of life."

11th Annual Basie Awards Recap

2016 BASIE AWARDS – WINNERS IN BOLD ITALICS

MUSICAL PRESENTATIONS

Outstanding Set Design in a Musical

(TIE) Shore Regional High School – The Music Man- Scott Naef / Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Bonnie and Clyde – Matthew Leddin

Howell High School – Catch Me If You Can – Stephen Kazakoff & Colleen Greberis

Middletown High School South – American Idiot – Alexis Kozak

Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid – Tom Martini & Ashley Cusak

Long Branch High School – Peter Pan – Andrew D'Agostino



Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical

Mater Dei Prep – The Little Mermaid – Scott Goldstein

Long Branch High School – Peter Pan – Damien Gigantello

Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid – Robert Rutt

Shore Regional High School – The Music Man – Anthony Calicchio

Marlboro High School – Aida – Jim Lyle & Anthony Greco



Carole Malik Award for Outstanding Costume Design in a Musical

Howell High School – Catch Me If You Can – Jacquie Revier

Middletown High School South – American Idiot – Jacqui Fischer & Laura Mazza

Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid – Jacquie Revier, Donna Sology-Gigante, Joanne DeLuca-Daly

Mater Dei Prep – The Little Mermaid – Donna Sology-Gigante & Joanne DeLuca-Daly

Shore Regional High School – The Music Man – Linda Fitzgerald, Dona Coffey & Bobbie Sweger



Outstanding Musical Direction

Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid – Shawn Mack

Marlboro High School – Aida – Patrick M. Dalton

Shore Regional High School – The Music Man – Dr. Jeff Unger

Monmouth Regional High School – Footloose – Christopher Sabol

Howell High School – Catch Me If You Can – Regina McAllen



Outstanding Choreography

(TIE) Howell High School – Catch Me If You Can – Lisa Twamley / Middletown High School South – American Idiot – Jacqui Fischer

Matawan Regional High School – Footloose – Julie McKurth

Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid – Rachel Wasser

Monmouth Regional - Footloose – Michael Penna

Shore Regional High School – The Music Man – Tara Eccles-Frye



Outstanding Small Pit Ensemble

Middletown High School South – American Idiot – Emily Kaster

Keansburg High School – Seussical – Katy Sarlo

Christian Brothers Academy – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Karen Gold

Mater Dei Prep – You're a Good Man Charlie Brown – Cindy J. Dwyer



Outstanding All Student Orchestra

Marlboro High School – Aida – Patrick M. Dalton

Freehold High School – Into the Woods – Eric Gross

Howell High School – Catch Me If You Can – Anthony Limaldi

Freehold Township High School – Bring It On – Edward Gattsek

High Technology High School – Urinetown – Aaron Cheng



Outstanding Student/Adult Orchestra

(TIE) Henry Hudson Regional High School – Shrek – Jeffrey Starr / Long Branch High School – Peter Pan – Robert M. Clark

Manalapan High School – Cinderella – Jose Maunez

Ranney School – Carousel – Dr. Dorothy Sobieski & John Propper

Matawan Regional High School – Footloose – Lindsey Lorefice

Ocean Township High School – Pippin – Kyle Titmas



Outstanding Chorus

Matawan Regional High School – Footloose

Marlboro High School – Aida

Howell High School – Catch Me If You Can

Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid

Middletown High School South – American Idiot

Shore Regional High School – The Music Man



Outstanding Featured Ensemble Group

Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid – The Mersisters

Saint John Vianney High School – Grease – The Pink Ladies

Long Branch High School – Peter Pan - Indians

Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid – Flotsam and Jetsam

11th Annual Basie Awards Recap



Outstanding Featured Ensemble Performer

Shelby Lapierre – Saint John Vianney High School – Grease

Matthew Harrison – Matawan Regional High School – Footloose

Ed Nowak – Christian Brothers Academy – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Abigail Schories – Saint John Vianney High School – Grease

Taylor Zenner – Ranney School – Carousel



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Olivia Rescigno – Shore Regional High School – The Music Man

Grace Henning – Keyport High School – The Little Mermaid

Paulina Homiak – Middletown High School South – American Idiot

Alysa Finnegan – Mater Dei Prep – You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Melissa Calicchio – Matawan Regional High School – Footloose

Lara Atry – Marlboro High School – Aida



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Jack Andrus – Ocean Township High School – Pippin

Griffin Cole – Mater Dei Prep – The Little Mermaid

Rick Altenberg – Mater Dei Prep – The Little Mermaid

Carl Muhler – Freehold High School – Into the Woods

Regene Odon – Monmouth Regional High School – Song for a New World

Carmine Mastrokostas – Ranney School - Carousel



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

(TIE) Alysa Finnegan – Mater Dei Prep – The Little Mermaid / Kate Mazza – Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid

Tessa Payer – Ranney School – Carousel

Laura Diorio – Middletown High School South – American Idiot

Evan Schultz – Ranney School – Carousel

Natasha Williams – Keansburg High School – Seussical



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Aidan Benavides – Howell High School – Catch Me If You Can

Hudson Eder – Howell High School – Catch Me If You Can

Lucas DeGirolamo – Ocean Township High School – Pippin

Quinn Surdez – Matawan Regional High School – Footloose

Regene Odon – Monmouth Regional High School – Footloose

Luke Pearlberg – Red Bank Regional High School – Fiddler on the Roof



Outstanding Direction in a Musical

Middletown High School South – American Idiot – Alexis Kozak

Marlboro High School – Aida – Anthony Greco

Howell High School – Catch Me If You Can – Stephen Kazakoff

Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid – Keith Gissubel

Shore Regional High School – The Music Man – Todd Aikens



Outstanding Production – Musical

Howell High School – Catch Me If You Can – Stephen Kazakoff Marlboro High School – Aida – Anthony Greco

Middletown High School South – American Idiot – Alexis Kozak

Red Bank Catholic High School – The Little Mermaid – Keith Gissubel

Shore Regional High School – The Music Man – Todd Aikens

Monmouth Regional High School – Footloose – Michael Penna



DRAMATIC PRESENTATIONS

Evaluators Special Award

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Standing Ovation



Outstanding Set Design in a Drama

Marlboro High School – Rumors – Anthony Greco & Jack Pensabene

Middletown High School South – The Diary of Anne Frank – Alexis Kozak & Marisa Colvin

Colts Neck High School – A Family Reunion to Die For – Alexa Koch

Red Bank Catholic High School – A Night of Christopher Durang – Robert Rutt, Carla Valentino

Howell High School – Lost in Yonkers – Colleen Greberis & Stephen Kazakoff



Outstanding Lighting Design in a Drama

Middletown High School South – The Diary of Anne Frank – DJ Hager

Red Bank Catholic High School – A Night of Christopher Durang – Robert Rutt

Saint John Vianney – John Lennon and Me – Rachel Ryan, Emily Olsen, & Max Foley

Red Bank Regional High School – Amadeus – Matt Suszka & Francis Hankins & Ashley Houck

Marlboro High School – Rumors –Jim Lyle & Anthony Greco

11th Annual Basie Awards Recap



Carole Malik Award for Outstanding Costume Design in a Drama

Red Bank Catholic High School – A Night of Christopher Durang – Cheryl Thompson

Howell High School – Lost in Yonkers – Jaquie Revier

Ocean Township High School – Brighton Beach Memoirs – Alma Garrity & Laurie Smith

Middletown High School South – The Diary of Anne Frank – Jacqui Fischer & Laura Mazza

Ranney School – The Plough and the Stars – John Doyle

Red Bank Regional High School – Amadeus – Mary Kokie McHaugher



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

(TIE) Paulina Homiak – Middletown High School South – The Diary of Anne Frank / Samantha Siriani – Red Bank Catholic High School – A Night of Christopher Durang

Leigh Forsyth – Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – The Faerie King's Daughter

Devlin Stark – Red Bank Catholic High School – A Night of Christopher Durang

Jenny Greener – Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – The Faerie King's Daughter

Brooke Salamone – Freehold Township High School – You Can't Take It With You



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Rick Altenburg – Mater Dei Prep – Perfect Meetings

Lucas DeGirolamo – Ocean Township High School – Brighton Beach Memoirs

Sean Molicki – Mater Dei Prep – Perfect Meetings

Josh Cooperman – Howell High School – Lost in Yonkers

Hudson Eder – Howell High School – Lost in Yonkers

Jack Andrus – Ocean Township High School – Brighton Beach Memoirs



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Laura Diorio – Middletown High School South – The Diary of Anne Frank

Carly Shepherd – Saint John Vianney – John Lennon and Me

Leah Sandow - Howell High School – Lost in Yonkers

Holly Koerwer – Trinity Hall – Suite Surrender

Lauren Mazzara – Marlboro High School – Rumors

Sophia Geisser - Howell High School – Lost in Yonkers



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

(TIE) Karl Brand - Ranney School – The Plough and the Stars / Patrick Monaghan – Red Bank Regional High School – Amadeus

Matt Hughes - Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – The Faerie King's Daughter

Quinn Surdez – Matawan Regional High School – Harvey

Jonathan Slovak – Communications High School – Twelve Angry Men



Outstanding Direction in a Drama

(TIE) Steven Koumoulis - Middletown High School South – The Diary of Anne Frank / Reuben Jackson – Red Bank Regional High School – Amadeus

Anthony Greco – Marlboro High School – Rumors

Keith Gissubel – Red Bank Catholic High School – A Night of Christopher Durang

Cindy Dwyer & Gary Powell – Mater Dei Prep – Perfect Meetings



Outstanding Production Drama

Red Bank Regional High School – Amadeus – Reuben Jackson

Middletown High School South – The Diary of

Anne Frank - Steven Koumoulis

Red Bank Catholic High School – A Night of

Christopher Durang – Keith Gissubel

Marlboro High School – Rumors – Anthony Greco

Howell High School – Lost in Yonkers – Stephen

Kazakof

11th Annual Basie Awards Recap

ABOUT THE COUNT BASIE THEATRE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAM:

The Count Basie Theatre's educational mission is to provide a foundation of cultural enrichment to students of all ages and economic levels. These efforts include arts instruction and coursework, plus unique programs like teacher's professional development and bus-in programs for students in underprivileged school districts. The theatre's Education and Outreach Programs and its faculty aim to offer an ever-changing suite of programming designed to enrich the Count Basie Theatre community as a whole.

(PHOTO 1) -- A multi-school ensemble, led by Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama winner Laura Diorio, opened the Basie ceremony.  

(PHOTO 2) -- Middletown High School South’s selection from American Idiot

(PHOTO 3) -- A shot from Shore Regional High School’s performance of The Music Man.

(PHOTO 4) -- Red Bank Catholic High School’s production of A Little Mermaid.  

All photos by Andrew Musser – Count Basie Theatre





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