Wednesday evening ceremony fetes scholastic productions from across the county; Phoenix Production’s Martini receives lifetime honors

RED BANK - Winners were announced this evening at the 12th annual Basie Awards, the yearly celebration of excellence and achievement in Monmouth County high school theater.

“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.”

“Hearing the cheers in the theater drove home the point of just how much the Basies have enriched and brought together Monmouth County’s high school theater community,” said Adam Philipson, President and CEO, Count Basie Theatre. “Our board members, special guests and - of course - our nominees and families, always have this date etched on their calendars. Yvonne Lamb Scudiery, her team, our sponsors and the talented performers never let us down.”

Winners in each category, which cover both dramatic and musical productions, are listed at the end of this release.

In addition to recognizing high school talent, the BASIES’ Lifetime Achievement Award was 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.

"I am honored to be recognized by the prestigious Count Basie Theatre organization,” Martini said. “The Basies have become an institution here in Central New Jersey and I am constantly in awe of the talent these kids have and the work they put in to create amazing productions."

Additionally, winners of the Count Basie Theatre’s Arts Impacts Scholarships were 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 were sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health - Monmouth Medical Center, a partnership that promotes awareness of the importance of the arts in physical and mental well-being.


2017 Basie Awards Winners


Musical Productions:

Outstanding Set Design in a Musical

Long Branch High School – In the Heights – Andrew D’Agostino

Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan – Joe Esposito

Long Branch High School – In the Heights – Damian Gigantiello & Robert Rutt

Carole Malik Award for Outstanding Costume Design in a Musical

Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Linda Walling & Julie McKurth

Mater Dei Prep – Cry-Baby –Peggy Baumgartner & Cindy Dwyer

Outstanding Musical Direction

Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella – Shawn Mack

Outstanding Choreography

Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella – Kelly Gemellaro

Middletown High School South – The Producers – Jacqui Fischer

 

Outstanding All Student Orchestra

Marlboro High School – Crazy For You – Patrick M. Dalton

 

Outstanding Student/Adult Orchestra

Ocean Township High School – Anything Goes – Kyle Titmas

 

Outstanding Chorus

Middletown High School South – The Producers

Outstanding Featured Ensemble Group

Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Show Girls

Outstanding Featured Ensemble Performer

Jon Araujo – Long Branch High School – In the Heights

Eddie Hernandez – Long Branch High School – In the Heights

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Samantha Siriani – Red Bank Catholic High School – Cinderella

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Jake Rallo – Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School – Tarzan

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Melissa Calicchio – Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas

Alexandra Cusumano – Howell High School – Legally Blonde

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Quinn Surdez – Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas

Outstanding Direction in a Musical

Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Linda Walling

 

Outstanding Production – Musical

Matawan Regional High School – Honeymoon in Vegas – Linda Walling

 

Dramatic Productions:

 

Outstanding Set Design in a Drama

Howell High School – The Diviners – Stephen Kazakoff & Colleen Greberis

Outstanding Lighting Design in a Drama

Marlboro High School – Our Town – Jim Lyle & Anthony Greco

Carole Malik Award for Outstanding Costume Design in a Drama

Red Bank Regional High School – The Crucible – Jacquie Revier

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Brooke Schindelheim – Marlboro High School – Our Town

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Robert Landi – Marlboro High School – Our Town

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Corinne Lynch - Marlboro High School – Our Town

Emma Lewis - Marlboro High School – Our Town

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Bradley Patchett - Howell High School – The Diviners

Outstanding Direction in a Drama

Marlboro High School – Our Town – Anthony Greco

 

Outstanding Production – Drama

Marlboro High School – Our Town– Anthony Greco