Halo 24

Last night our theater students attended the Halo Awards in Waterbury, CT to be recognized for our theatrical productions this year. Schools from across the state participated, with Halos judges attending performances, selecting nominees for a variety of categories, and then announcing the award winners at the beautiful Palace Theater in Waterbury this week. Basically, it's the Tony Awards for CT High School Theater!

For our productions this year, the fall play "Much Ado About Nothing" and the spring musical "Matilda", our students received a total of SIXTEEN nominations, and last night took home THREE of the awards! Both of these statistics are a record for our theater program since I've been involved here. Additionally, "Much Ado About Nothing" was nominated for Best Classical Play, and "Matilda" was nominated for Best Contemporary Musical - a tremendous point of pride for all students involved and for our whole theater program!

HALO AWARD WINNERS

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL: Nicholas Eklund as Mr. Wormwood in "Matilda"

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A CLASSICAL PLAY: Sarah Bollacke as Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing"

  • BEST SPECIALTY ENSEMBLE: Andrew Nittolo-Novotny, Lilah Bender, Ishiera Ellington & Skye Rodriguez as Sergei and the Henchmen in "Matilda"

OTHER HALO NOMINATIONS

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Shane Dwy as Escapologist in "Matilda"

  • BEST LIGHTING DESIGN AND/OR EXECUTION: Courtney Weir & Evelyn Zegley for "Matilda"

  • BEST SOUND DESIGN AND/OR EXECUTION: Erik Muhlenberg for "Much Ado About Nothing"

  • BEST SOUND DESIGN AND/OR EXECUTION: Ainsley Flower & Erik Muhlenberg for "Matilda"

  • BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Lee Mikita, Sarah Bollacke & Ainsley Flower for "Matilda"

  • BEST CHORUS: New Fairfield High School: "Matilda"

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Nicholas Eklund as Claudio in "Much Ado About Nothing"

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Chloe Petzold as Hero in "Much Ado About Nothing"

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A COUPLE OR DYNAMIC DUO IN A MUSICAL: April Smith & Sedona Taylor as Mrs. Wormwood & Rudolpho in "Matilda"

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A CLASSICAL PLAY: Shane Dwy as Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing"

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL: Sarah Bollacke as Matilda in "Matilda"

  • BEST CLASSICAL PLAY: New Fairfield High School: Much Ado About Nothing

  • BEST CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL: New Fairfield High School: Matilda