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Selden, NY. The STARS Awards is pleased to announce the 2010 nominees for the Third Annual STARS Awards.  STARS stands for Student Theatre Arts Recognition Scholarship Awards.

“The STARS Awards© are patterned after the TONY® Awards but for High School Students. Our Mission is to elevate awareness of the importance of Arts in Education while recognizing the achievements of our talented High School Students and providing opportunities for Scholarships,” said Lori Anne Casdia, Executive Director of the STARS Awards.  “Qualified judges attend student plays and musicals performed during the school year at participating High Schools within Brookhaven Town. One student aptly described theatre as their ‘sport,’ and we look at the STARS Awards as the ‘playoffs’.”

Highest scoring students are nominees; highest scoring student in each category is the winner in categories of drama, comedy and musical. Others include choreography, set design, lighting design, poster art, and recognition of stage managers.

Top scoring students were selected as the nominees and will attend a formal red carpet, black tie STARS Awards Ceremony on June 6 at the Shea Theatre sponsored in part by our partner Suffolk County Community College ~ each nominee walks across the stage and receives recognition, a gift bag, and a certificate, each winner will be announced and presented with an Elegant Etched Glass Award, a scholarship from the STARS Awards, a matching scholarship from Stony Brook University, and a matching scholarship from Dowling College.

This year participating High Schools included Mount Sinai, Earl L. Vandermeulen (Port Jefferson), Comsewogue, Newfield (Middle Country SD), Centereach (Middle Country SD), Ward Melville (Three Village SD), Sachem East, Sachem North, Longwood and William Floyd. (ALL High Schools within the Town of Brookhaven qualify to participate in our program). The STARS Awards reaches over 250,000 residents in the Town of Brookhaven.

According to Lori Anne Casdia, the ceremony and scholarship recognition program is a Not for Profit Program run by volunteers and completely supported by our Sponsors and Partners with no fees to participating High Schools.  “We are so proud of the program, our accomplishments and achievements and we are ever so grateful to our sponsors: Suffolk County Community College, Dowling College, Stony Brook University, Times Beacon Records Newspapers, Wal*Mart, PTP Consultants, Show Biz Shots, MAC Cosmetics, Coca Cola, LI Pulse, STW Consulting, EFT Network, Inc., WBAB, J Signs, Short Stack Models, Lights Up Cue Sound, Robert A. Kelly Photography.”

“We can't do this alone! - We need Your Help! Please consider becoming a supporter and/or sponsor of this unique STARS Awards Program. We accept contributions of products, services, scholarships, grants, and of course monetary support of any amount. For more information please visit us at www.stars-awards.com,” Casdia added.


Leading Actress in a Musical
            Lisa Condemi - Longwood – “Peter Pan” - Peter Pan
            Ruby Hurlock - William Floyd – “The Boys from Syracuse” - Luce
            Laura Laureano - Sachem North – “Bye Bye Birdie” - Rosie Alvarez
            Hayley Moir - Port Jefferson – “Once Upon a Mattress” - Princess Winnifred
Leading Actor in a Musical
            James Evans - William Floyd – “The Boys From Syracuse“- Antipholus of Syracuse
            Dan Hope - William Floyd – “The Boys From Syracuse” - Antipholus of Ephesus
            Ralphie Picciarelli - Newfield – “Damn Yankees” - Applegate
            David Schwartz - Mt. Sinai – “Les Miserables” - Javert
Leading Actress in a Drama
            Tiiu Lindemann - Longwood – “To Kill a Mockingbird” - Scout Finch
            Ashley Ruggiero - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth” - Lady Macbeth
Leading Actor in a Drama
            Jared Grabina - Longwood – “To Kill a Mockingbird “- Jem Finch           
            Cory Kowalsky - Longwood – “To Kill a Mockingbird “- Atticus Finch
            Alexander Steiner - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth” - Macbeth
Leading Actress in a Comedy
            Christine Beard - Newfield – “Arsenic & Old Lace” – Abby
            Jillian Dooley - Mt. Sinai – “One Act Plays” - Mrs. Mangles / Christy
            Katie Parker - Ward Melville – “One Night at the Winecrestons” - Rose Summers
            Alexandra Salerno - Mt. Sinai – “One Act Plays” - BethAnn Shumway / Hallie
Leading Actor in a Comedy
            Louie DiPaulo - Mt. Sinai – “One Act Plays” - Alan / Ted Hogan
            Michael Giordano - Mt. Sinai – “One Act Plays” - Martin / Spineless Idiot
            Ralphie Picciarelli - Newfield – “Arsenic & Old Lace” - Mortimer
            Zachary Walden - William Floyd – “Ah, Wilderness” - Richard Miller
Supporting Actress in a Musical
            Stefanie Balsamello - Longwood – “Peter Pan” - Wendy
            Marissa Girgus - Sachem North – “Bye Bye Birdie” - Mae Peterson
            Marielle Greguski - Longwood – “Peter Pan” - Mrs. Darling/Hook's Main Squeeze
            Katarina Lugo - William Floyd – “The Boys from Syracuse” - Luciana
Supporting Actor in a Musical
            Ron Gross - William Floyd – “The Boys from Syracuse” - Sgt. of Police
            Jared Grabina - Longwood – “Peter Pan” - John
            Kyle Imperatore- William Floyd – “The Boys from Syracuse” - Dromio of Syracuse
            Daniel Lilley - Longwood – “Peter Pan” - Michael
Supporting Actress in a Drama
            Hannah Gross - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth” - Witch
            Annie MacIntire - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth “- Lennox
            Maya Mason - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth” - Witch
            Hayley Moir - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth” - Lady Macduff
Supporting Actor in a Drama
            Jamal Douglas - Longwood – “To Kill a Mockingbird” - Tom Robinson
            Dominic Famularo - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth” - Macduff
            Daniel Lilley - Longwood – “To Kill a Mockingbird” - Dill Harris
            Michael Tessler - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth” - Banquo
Supporting Actress in a Comedy
            Victoria Bongiorno - Mt. Sinai – “One Act Plays” - Teacher
            Clare Bucaro - Ward Melville – “One Night at the Winecrestons” - Paulie Argenti
            Sarah Karmann - Newfield – “Arsenic & Old Lace” - Dr. Einstein
            Kelly Sonander - Ward Melville – “One Night at the Winecrestons” - Gretal Bonbon
Supporting Actor in a Comedy
            Adam Connolly - Ward Melville – “Twelfth Night“- Toby Belch
            Nathan Haltiwanger - Ward Melville – “One Night at the Winecrestons” - Rodney Arbor
            Brandon Murtagh - Ward Melville – “Twelfth Night” - Malvolio
            Paul Philipsberg - Mt. Sinai – “One Act Plays” - Evan / Joe Rubiac
Outstanding Performance
This category was created to recognize a student who “shines brightly” in a role that is not eligible for adjudication in the leading or supporting categories
            Amy Cork – William Floyd – “The Boys From Syracuse” – Dance Performance
            Skyler Badalament Tirrell – Ward Melville – “One Night at the Winecrestons“
                                                                                                – Catatonic/Theodore Washington
            Michaela Griffin – Port Jefferson – “MacBeth” – Servant/Young Siward
Judges Choice (1 award/STARS Awards Scholarship goes to school)
This award is chosen by the judges in a vote.  It is for a  particular scene, musical number, dance number, ensemble effort or group that the judges feel stands out enough to warrant the special merit:
            Longwood – “Peter Pan” – Mysterious Lady
            William Floyd – “The Boys From Syracuse” – Sing for Your Supper
            William Floyd – “Ah, Wilderness” – Ensemble
Technical Categories
Set Design
            William Faram - Sachem North – “Noises Off”
            Nicholas Lala - Ward Melville – “Twelfth Night”
            Nicholas Lala - Ward Melville – “Spring Awakening”
            Michelle LaBozetta – Newfield – “Damn Yankees”
            Jessica Spitz – Ward Melville – “One Night at the Winecrestons”
Lighting Design
            Nick Balzano - William Floyd – “Ah, Wilderness”
            Carissa Beckhans – Centereach – “Marvin’s Room”
            Sean Swords – Port Jefferson – “Once Upon a Mattress”
            Jessica Spitz – Ward Melville – “Spring Awakening”
Sound Design
            Matt Scholl – Centereach – “Marvin’s Room”
            Chelsea Houston – Newfield – “Arsenic & Old Lace”
Playbill Cover/Poster Art
            Michael Sheinkopf - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth”
            Joseph Corbisiero – Sachem East – “Sweet Charity”
            Emily Zirimis - William Floyd – “Ah, Wilderness”
            Mariah Serrano - William Floyd – “The Boys from Syracuse”
Stage Management
            Sarah Prosser - Longwood – “To Kill a Mockingbird”
            Leanne Contino – Ward Melville – “Spring Awakening”
            Sean Swords - Port Jefferson – “Macbeth”
            Michael Stewart - Sachem North – “Noises Off”
            Victoria Isernia - Sachem North – “Noises Off “
            Jessica Spitz – Ward Melville – “One Night at the Winecrestons”           
            Kayla Lazar – Centereach -  “Les Miserables”
            Amanda Matteo – Newfield – “Damn Yankees”
Costume Design
            Jaclyn Abruzzo – Newfield – “Damn Yankees “
            Eric Nilsson – Ward Melville – “Spring Awakening”
Pit Band (1 award/STARS Awards Scholarship goes to school)

            William Floyd – “The Boys from Syracuse”
            Sachem East – “Sweet Charity”
            Centereach – “Les Miserables”
            Newfield – “Damn Yankees”

Innovation in Theatre Education Awards (1 award/ STARS Awards Scholarship goes to school)

            This award was created to recognize schools that go beyond the regular theatre program of classes and yearly plays by supporting an activity that nurtures theatre arts in education.  The winner of this category will be announced at the STARS Awards Gala on June 6, 2010.



We look forward to seeing you at the Red Carpet, Black Tie STARS Awards Gala.
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