The ‘Basies’ takes place May 24th; Arts Impact Scholarships winners to be recognized and Phoenix Productions trustee to receive Lifetime Achievement honors

RED BANK -  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 the Asbury Park Press stage on Wednesday, May 24th at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank.

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.”

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.

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.

 

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

 

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