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The 12th Annual BASIE AWARDS

originally published: 05/10/2017

The 12th Annual BASIE AWARDS(RED BANK, NJ) -- Nominees have been announced for the 12th annual BASIE AWARDS, honoring excellence in high school theatre in Monmouth County. This year’s ceremony takes place on Wednesday, May 24th at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.  In addition to recognizing high school talent, the BASIES’ Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Tom Martini, who has served for more than 30 years on the board of trustees for local theatrical group, Phoenix Productions. This honor is presented to individuals who have dedicated their lives to making art happen and art that matters in our community.

The BASIES began in 2005 as a way to honor and recognize high school-level actors, actresses and productions in the Monmouth County area. This year, a record 22 dramas and 29 musical performances were evaluated by the Basie Awards nomination committee, which produced nominations for students, productions and schools in various acting and production categories. A complete list of nominees is located at the end of this release.

“This year’s roster of musicals and dramatic productions were challenging choices for high school theater,” said Yvonne Lamb Scudiery, Vice President, Education, Count Basie Theatre. “These productions are continuing to set the bar higher and higher, resulting in outstanding professional quality work - and certainly making the job or our evaluation team a very difficult yet gratifying one.”

Additionally, winners of the Count Basie Theatre’s Arts Impacts Scholarships will be recognized at THE BASIES: Lucas Angelo Degirolamo of Ocean Township High School (Monmouth Medical Center - (RWJBarnabas Health Arts Impact Scholarship), Kiera Kulaga of Middletown High School South (Monmouth County Freeholders Basie Scholarship for Continuing Education, awarded to a Monmouth County senior attending college here in New Jersey), Sean Molicki of Mater Dei Prep (Moser Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship), Kate Manning of Henry Hudson Regional (Steven and Jaime Schultz Arts Impact Scholarship) and Megan Theobald of St Rose High School (Siciliano Landscape Company Arts Impact Scholarship). The Basie’s Arts Impact scholarship program recognizes high school seniors whose life, academic, and career choice has been impacted by the arts.  

For the fourth consecutive year, the BASIE AWARDS is sponsored by RWJ Barnabas Health - Monmouth Medical Center, a partnership that promotes awareness of the importance of the arts in physical and mental well-being.



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Nominees For Dramatic Productions:

Outstanding Set Design in a Drama
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Matthew Leddin
 Marlboro High School – Our Town – Jack Pensabene & Anthony Greco
 Colts Neck High School – The Game’s Afoot – Chris Rocco
 Ocean Township High School – Almost, Maine – Robert Zupko & Chelsea Gower
 Howell High School – The Diviners – Stephen Kazakoff & Colleen Greberis
 Red Bank Regional High School – The Crucible – Claudia O’Connor & Carl Grillo

 

Outstanding Lighting Design in a Drama
 Marlboro High School – Our Town – Jim Lyle & Anthony Greco
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Matthew Leddin
 Red Bank Regional High School – The Crucible – Francis Hankins & Ashley Houck
 Howell High School – The Diviners – Christina Verde & Matt Lebron

 

Carole Malik Award for Outstanding Costume Design in a Drama
 Marlboro High School – Our Town – Fred Sorrentino
 Howell High School – The Diviners – Samantha Golub
 Middletown High School South – The Government Inspector – Laura Mazza & Jacqui Fischer
 Ocean Township High School – Almost, Maine – Alma Garrity
 Red Bank Regional High School – The Crucible – Jacquie Revier

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
 Jackie Flanders – Colts Neck High School – The Game’s Afoot
 Kayla Bauzyk – Howell High School – The Diviners
 Leah Sandow - Howell High School – The Diviners
 Samantha Siriani – Red Bank Catholic High School – The Odd Couple
 Madison Fruchter – Monmouth Regional High School – The Importance of Being Earnest
 Brooke Schindelheim – Marlboro High School – Our Town

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
 Joshua Lupyan – Marlboro High School – Our Town
 Mason Soto – Ocean Township High School – Almost, Maine
 Sean Molicki – Mater Dei Prep – Peter and the Starcatcher
 Jack Andrus – Ocean Township High School – Almost, Maine
 Robert Landi – Marlboro High School – Our Town
 Luke Pearlberg – Red Bank Regional High School – The Crucible


 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama
 Corinne Lynch - Marlboro High School – Our Town
 Melissa Calicchio – Matawan Regional High School – Plaza Suite
 Katie McCarty – Freehold High School – Letters to Sala
 Emma Lewis - Marlboro High School – Our Town
 Kerriann Ring - Matawan Regional High School – Plaza Suite

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama
 Patrick Murray - Marlboro High School – Our Town
 Sean Gassaway - Howell High School – The Diviners
 Calvin Bruno- Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
 Bradley Patchett - Howell High School – The Diviners
 Ricardo Davis - Middletown High School South – The Government Inspector
 Max Portman - Red Bank Regional High School – The Crucible

 

Outstanding Direction in a Drama
 Marlboro High School – Our Town – Anthony Greco
 Howell High School – The Diviners – Stephen Kazakoff
 Middletown High School South – The Government Inspector – Alexis Kozak
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Suzanne Sweeney
 Red Bank Regional High School – The Crucible– Reuben Jackson

 

Outstanding Production – Drama
 Marlboro High School – Our Town– Anthony Greco
 Howell High School – The Diviners – Stephen Kazakoff
 Middletown High School South – The Government Inspector – Alexis Kozak
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Suzanne Sweeney
 Red Bank Regional High School – The Crucible– Reuben Jackson


 

Nominees for Musical Productions

Outstanding Set Design in a Musical
 Monmouth Regional High School –Cabaret – Justin Odon
 Marlboro High School – Crazy For You – Jack Pensabene & Anthony Greco
 Manalapan High School – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Richard Berger
 Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Samuel Pickens
 Long Branch High School – In the Heights – Andrew D’Agostino
 Rumson – Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan – Matthew Leddin

 

Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical
 Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Michael W. Wells II & Jessica Amorino
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan – Matthew Leddin
 Shore Regional High School – Mary Poppins – Anthony Calicchio
 Long Branch High School – In the Heights – Damien Gigantello & Robert Rutt
 Monmouth Regional High School –Cabaret - Justin Odon
 Colts Neck High School – Godspell – Matt Cappelluti & Gianna Bravaco

 

Carole Malik Award for Outstanding Costume Design in a Musical
 Colts Neck High School – Godspell – Kitty Cleary
 Shore Regional High School – Mary Poppins – Linda Fitzgerald
 Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella – Jacquie Revier, Donna Silogy-Gigante & Joanne DeLuca Daly
 Marlboro High School – Crazy For You – Ryan PJ Mulholland
 Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Linda Walling & Julie McKurth
 Mater Dei Prep – Cry-Baby – Peggy Baumgartner & Cindy Dwyer

 

Outstanding Musical Direction
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan – Amy Fredericks
 Colts Neck High School – Godspell – George Markey
 Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella – Shawn Mack
 Marlboro High School – Crazy For You – Patrick M. Dalton
 Long Branch High School – In the Heights – Lianne Kulik

 

Outstanding Choreography
 Shore Regional High School – Mary Poppins – Tara Eccles-Frye
 Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella – Kelly Gemellaro
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan – Jen Costa
 Middletown High School South – The Producers – Jacqui Fischer
 Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Phil Solomon
 Marlboro High School – Crazy For You – Jessica O’Brien

 

Outstanding All Student Orchestra
 Manalapan High School – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Jose Maunez
 Colts Neck High School – Godspell – Jack Maniaci
 Marlboro High School – Crazy For You – Patrick M. Dalton
 Biotechnology High School – Beauty and the Beast – Angela Zhao

 

Outstanding Student/Adult Orchestra
 Christian Brothers Academy – The Music Man – Matthew Anderson
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan – Amy Fredericks
 Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Lindsey Lorefice
 Long Branch High School – In the Heights – Robert Clark
 Ocean Township High School – Anything Goes – Kyle Titmas

 

Outstanding Chorus
 Marlboro High School – Crazy For You
 Colts Neck High School – Godspell
 Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella
 Middletown High School South – The Producers
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan
 Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas

 

Outstanding Featured Ensemble Group
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan – The Gorillas
 Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Show Girls
 Howell High School – Legally Blonde – Delta Nu
 Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Ticket Agents
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan – Island Spirits

 

Outstanding Featured Ensemble Performer
 Jeremy Harris – Trinity Hall – Seussical
 Jon Araujo – Long Branch High School – In the Heights
 Eddie Hernandez – Long Branch High School – In the Heights
 Nick Imbrenda – Ocean Township High School – Anything Goes
 Kevin Costello – Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical
 Samantha Siriani – Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella
 Alexa Chalnik – Howell High School – Legally Blonde
 Savannah Connelly – Mater Dei Prep – Cry-Baby
 Kerriann Ring – Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas
 Samantha Ventola – Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella
 Riley Martin – Freehold Township High School – 9 to 5

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical
 Connor McCormack – Middletown High School South – The Producers
 Jake Rallo – Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan
 C.J. Pinheiro – Colts Neck High School – Godspell
 Jack Slocum – Henry Hudson Regional High School – Beauty and the Beast
 Joshua Lupyan – Marlboro High School – Crazy For You
 Antonio Straniero – Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
 Emma Lewis - Marlboro High School – Crazy For You
 Melissa Calicchio – Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas
 Alexandra Cusumano – Howell High School – Legally Blonde
 Lucy McGinty - Ranney School – Smile
 Rachel Makstein – Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan
 Anaelisa Fernandez – Long Branch High School – In the Heights

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
 Patrick Murray - Marlboro High School – Crazy For You
 Quinn Surdez – Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas
 John Gnazzo- Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella
 Luke Pearlberg - Red Bank Regional High School – Kismet
 Mike Guarino – Trinity Hall – Seussical
 Ryan Deahl - Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas

 

Outstanding Direction in a Musical
 Marlboro High School – Crazy For You – Anthony Greco
 Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Linda Walling
 Long Branch High School – In the Heights – Ian Moore
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan – Suzanne Sweeney
 Colts Neck High School – Godspell – Dawn Ferro
 Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella – Alana Herron

 

Outstanding Production – Musical
 Marlboro High School – Crazy For You – Anthony Greco
 Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Linda Walling
 Long Branch High School – In the Heights – Ian Moore
 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan – Suzanne Sweeney
 Colts Neck High School – Godspell – Dawn Ferro
 Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella – Alana Herron

 

The Count Basie Theatre is located at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, New Jersey.




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