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Twenty-Four Winners from Local H.S. Theatrical Productions
Announced at Red Carpet Affair

Selden, NY:  Amid hundreds of fans, popping flash bulbs and under the spotlights of the grand Shea Theatre on the Ammerman Campus of Suffolk County Community College, the winners of the Third Annual Student Theatre Arts Recognition Scholarship Awards, or STARS, were announced at gala red carpet, June 6th.

The STARS Awards is a scholarship recognition program where High School theatre arts students earn awards from 26 categories. Along with a beautiful glass STARS trophy, the award winners receive a scholarship from STARS Awards, Inc., and matching scholarships from Stony Brook University and Dowling College if they attend those higher educational institutions.  The STARS Awards winners were selected from more than 100 nominees from 11 High Schools, who participate in the STARS Award at no cost to the districts. The STARS Awards is run completely by volunteers and donations from individuals, private companies and corporations.

The top High Schools award winners for 2010 were William Floyd with six awards; Port Jefferson and Newfield with four awards each; Longwood with three awards each, Mount Sinai, Sachem North and Ward Melville with two awards each and Centereach with one award. The specially selected performances at the Gala were stunningly executed by Sachem North High School, Longwood High School, Ward Melville High School, Newfield High School, and William Floyd High School.

“The performances this year were nothing less than spectacular; some I would even categorize as Broadway level. The talent on our high school stages is overwhelming. Our judges were able to see the growth from last year to this year.  I predict at least one STARS winner on that stage today will one day soon end up on Broadway,” said Lori Anne Casdia, Executive Director of the STARS Awards.  “I’m proud of all of our 2010 STARS Award winners, nominees, faculty and all those who participated in the theatre arts this school year.”

Drama:

Leading Actor – Jared Gabrina - Longwood – “To Kill A Mockingbird” – Scout Finch
Leading Actress – Ashley Ruggiero - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth” – Lady Macbeth
Supporting Actor – Jamal Douglas - Longwood – “To Kill A Mockingbird” – Tom Robinson
Supporting Actress –  Hayley Moir – Port Jefferson – “Macbeth” – Lady Macduff
Comedy:

Leading Actor – Ralphie Picciarelli – Newfield – “Arsenic & Old Lace” - Mortimer
Leading Actress – Christine Beard – Newfield – “Arsenic & Old Lace” - Abby
Supporting Actor –Brandon Murtagh – Ward Melville – “Twelfth Night” - Malvolio
Supporting Actress – Victoria Bongiorno – Mount Sinai – “One Act Plays” - Teacher
Musical:

Leading Actor – David Schwartz – Mount Sinai – “Les Miserables” - Javert”
Leading Actress – Ruby Hurlock – William Floyd – “ The Boys From Syracuse” - Luce
Best Supporting Actor –Kyle Imperatore – William Floyd – The Boys from Syracuse” – Dromio of Syracuse
Best Supporting Actress – Marissa Girgus – Sachem North – “Bye Bye Birdie” – Mae Peterson
Lighting Design:  Nick Balzano – William Floyd – “Ah, Wilderness”

Set Design: William Faram – Sachem North – “Noises Off”

Pit Band:  William Floyd High School – “The Boys From Syracuse”

Choreographer:  Michelle LaBozetta – Newfield – “Damn Yankees”

Costume Design: Jaclyn Abruzzo – Newfield – “Damn Yankees”

Program Cover/Poster Art: Michael Sheinkopf – Port Jefferson – “Macbeth”

Stage Management:  Sarah Prosser, Longwood, “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Student Director:  Jessica Spitz, Ward Melville - “One Night at the Winecrestons”

Sound Design: Matt School – Centereach – “Marvin’s Room”

Outstanding Performance: Michaela Griffin – Port Jefferson – “Macbeth” – Servant/Young Siward

Judges’ Choice: William Floyd Ensemble – “Ah, Wilderness”

Innovation in Theatre Education: William Floyd High School

The Innovation in Theatre Education Award – the most prestigious award of the STARS program - recognizes the high school that goes beyond the regular theater program of classes and yearly plays by supporting an activity that nurtures theater arts in education for going beyond the regular theater program of classes.  The Judges’ Award is made by a vote of the judges for a particular scene, musical number, dance number, ensemble effort or group that warrants special merit. 

“This program is a labor of love for me and for the members of the STARS Awards Board of Directors. One of my proudest moments this year came when I saw students from other schools attending each other’s shows.  They stepped beyond the walls of their high school and created their own theatre community amongst the participating schools,” Casdia said. “The STARS Awards Scholarship program has positively touched lives, and in some cases has changed them in a most positive and rewarding way. 

Among the high schools that earned or were considered for awards were Sachem East, Rocky Point and Comsewogue.

The STARS Awards are made possible as a result of major partnerships, sponsorships and donations from:

SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

DOWLING COLLEGE, STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY, WAL&MART, ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE ENGLEBRIGHT, LEGISLATOR DAN LOSQUADRO, TBR NEWSPAPERS, LI PULSE, MAC COSMETICS, COCACOLA, STW CONSULTING, PTP CONSULTANTS, PHOENIX THEATRE PRODUCTIONS, J SIGNS, EFT NETWORK INC, WBAB, SHORT STACK MODELS, LIGHTS UP CUE SOUND, AIRPORT PLAYHOUSE, SOUTH SHORE PRESS, SEARLES GRAPHICS, GET THE WORD OUT, STALLER CENTER, BOULTON CENTER, LONG ISLAND DUCKS, ATLANTIS MARINE WORLD, PORT JEFF CINEMAS, BANK OF SMITHTOWN, GREAT SOUTH BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL, LONG ISLAND MUSIC HALL OF FAME, THE GLEE CLUB, BTRC, ACE MARKETING & PROMOTIONS, ROBERT A. KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY AND PRIVATE DONATIONS.
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