Rochester Broadway Theater League recently held its 19th annual Stars of Tomorrow recognition ceremony to celebrate high school musical theater programs in the Greater Rochester area.
Local high schools with fall and spring productions are invited to participate in the program. Schools were divided into four divisions based on school populations, with judges assigned specific divisions. Areas of concentration were scored and awards were given to schools or individuals with the highest scores within each category.
This year, 36 local schools from across a nine-county area participated in the Stars of Tomorrow program. During the ceremony, 30 of the schools performed a selection from their high school’s musical theater production.
The emphasis of the ceremony focused on student achievement and recognition. Awards were presented for outstanding musical production, acting ensemble, dance ensemble, singing ensemble, student orchestra, production crew, leading actress, leading actor, supporting actress and supporting actor.
Recognized schools and students were selected based on highest point values given by the judges, who traveled to each high school’s production to rate the show.
Allendale Columbia School’s “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” received outstanding acting ensemble, student orchestra, singing ensemble and musical production. Jessica Matrachisia received outstanding support actress for her role as “Charlotte,” and Catherine Kennedy, “Ella”, and Rebecca McQuilken, “Marie,” each earned outstanding leading actress.
Aquinas Institute’s “The Sound of Music” received outstanding student orchestra. Audrey Grout earned outstanding supporting actress for playing “Elsa Schroeder.”
Brockport High School’s “The Addams Family” earned outstanding acting ensemble, production crew and musical production. NJ Wingo, who played “Pugsley,” earned outstanding supporting actor and Max Sevor received outstanding leading actor as “Gomez.”
Churchville-Chili Senior High School’s “Shrek the Musical” received outstanding acting ensemble, student orchestra and musical production. Individual awards went to Donnie Woodard, “Farquaad,” outstanding supporting actor; Helena Buttons, “Donkey,” outstanding supporting actress; and Shelby Ennis, “Fiona,” outstanding leading actress.
East Rochester High School’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie” was recognized with outstanding dance ensemble, acting ensemble, production crew, student orchestra, singing ensemble and musical production.
Eastridge High School’s “Singin’ in the Rain” received outstanding acting ensemble. Savannah Devlin earned outstanding leading actress as “Kathy Selden” and Spencer White received outstanding leading actor as “Cosmo Brown.”
Gates Chili High School’s “The Music Man” was recognized with outstanding dance ensemble and singing ensemble. Elena Phillips received outstanding supporting actress as “Mrs. Paroo.”
Greece Athena High School’s “Les Miserables — Student Edition” received outstanding dance ensemble, student orchestra, singing ensemble and musical production. Julianna Tracey, as “Madame Thenardier” was recognized with outstanding supporting actress and Mark Mitrano received outstanding leading actor for his role as “Jean Valjean.”
Odyssey Academy’s “Barnum” earned outstanding acting ensemble, student orchestra, singing ensemble and musical production. Individual awards went to Alec Eddy, “Tom Thumb,” outstanding supporting actor; Caroline Strub, “Mrs. O’Dare,” outstanding supporting actress. Matthew Paze, “P.T. Barnum,” outstanding leading actor; and Erynn Hill, “Charity,” outstanding leading actress.
Pittsford Mendon High School’s “The Little Mermaid” received outstanding production crew, student orchestra and singing ensemble. Ben Murray, who portrayed “Scuttle,” was recognized with outstanding supporting actor.
Pittsford Sutherland High School’s “She Loves Me” was recognized with outstanding dance ensemble, production crew and student orchestra. Individual awards went to Natalie Leclair, “Ilona Ritter,” outstanding supporting actress; Catherine Rizk, “Amalia Balash,” outstanding leading actress; and Jack Bausch, “Georg Nowack,” outstanding leading actor.
Wheatland-Chili High School’s “Peter Pan” received outstanding dance ensemble, production crew, student orchestra, singing ensemble and musical production.
The ceremony was hosted by WHAM 1180’s Joe Lomonaco and Nicolette Hart, Broadway actress and back-up singer for Bette Midler.
Stars of Tomorrow debuted in the Greater Rochester area in 1999 to bring recognition high school musicals and performing arts students.
For information, visit rbtl.org.