Gates Chili and Wheatland-Chili productions recognized by RBTL's "Stars of Tomorrow" | Arts & Culture
Rochester Broadway Theatre League's Stars of Tomorrow recently held its annual recognition ceremony that celebrates high school musical theatre productions in the greater Rochester area.
The Stars of Tomorrow made its debut in the greater Rochester area in 1999. Local high schools with fall and spring productions are invited to participate in the program. Schools are divided into four divisions based on school populations and judges are assigned specific divisions. Areas of concentration are scored, and awards are given to schools or individuals with the highest scores within each category.
This year, 36 local schools from 4 divisions across a 9-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 theatre production, live on the Auditorium Theatre stage. The emphasis of the ceremony focuses 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 chosen based on highest point values given by the Stars of Tomorrow Judges who traveled to each high school’s production to rate the show.
Both Wheatland-Chili's production of "Seussical" and Gates Chili's production of "Bye Bye Birdie" took home several awards.
"Seussical" won for Outstanding Dance Ensemble(Division D), Outstanding Acting Ensemble(Division D), Outstanding Production Crew(Division D), Outstanding Student Orchestra(Division D), Outstanding Singing Ensemble(Division D) and Outstanding Musical Production(Division D). Emily Smith who played "JoJo" " took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Allison Smith who played "Gertrude", Josh Carey who played "Horton" and Patrick Hogue who played "Cat in the Hat" took home the award for Outstanding Leading Actress/Actors. Valerie McCartney, Aurora Quinn-Marsh and Emily Cook also received a special recognition by judges for their roles in "Seussical". Meaghan Pealo also received a special recognition by the school directors.
"Bye Bye Birdie won for Outstanding Acting Ensemble(Division A), Outstanding Singing Ensemble(Division A), and Outstanding Musical Production(Division A). Patrick Brett, who played "Mr. MacAfee" took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor(Division A) and Nick Talarico who played "Albert Peterson" took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor(Division A). Ben Lippa, John Caboot, Jonathan Edwards, Jordan Holmes, Ryan Vane and Larissa Dias also received special recognition from the judges for their roles in the show.
For more information on RBTL’s arts-education programs visit www.rbtl.org.