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Guys & Dolls Wins Nine National Youth Arts Awards!

We are thrilled to announce that Wagner High School’s 2016 production of the Guys & Dolls was nominated for 11 National Youth Arts awards and has won nine of those awards!

From the National Youth Arts website:

National Youth Arts is excited to begin announcing the winners of our 11th Annual National Youth Arts Awards to honor outstanding work by youth in the arts. This year more than 500 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from more than 160 different members in more than 70 cities spanning 15 states. 

This year’s award winners were selected from nominations by a panel of more than 40 judges and reviewers. In addition to the youth who performed in schools and youth theatre companies, anyone age 18 and under who performed at a show reviewed by a judge was also considered for the NYA awards, as well as the adults who participated in the youth productions backstage (directors, set designers, costume designers, etc.) and guest adult performers in productions designed for youth. Thank you all for your incredible work and all the unforgettable entertainment over the past year!

The award winners will be formally presented with their awards on stage and nomination certificates will be available at the registration table for the additional nominees. The ceremonies honoring all of their accomplishments are held in different regions of the country including multiple ceremonies in Arizona, California, Colorado, and New York.

Awards:

  • Outstanding Production: Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Paul Seblano as Skye in Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Actress in a Musical: Laura Grass as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Actress in a Musical: Deirdre Hansalik as Sarah in Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Actress in a Musical: Mariah Kanevsky as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Actress in a Musical: Olivia Parisi as Sarah in Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Actress in a Play: Josie Brennan as Alice in You Can’t Take It With You
  • Ensemble: Guys and Dolls
  • Set Design: Diane Zerega for Guys and Dolls

 Nominations:

  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Matthew Ferrera as Skye in Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Joseph Gottfried as Nathan in Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Jared Polanco as Nathan in Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Actress in a Play: Victoria Zaccardo as Penelope Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You
  • Supporting Actor in a Musical: Shane Drucker as Nicely in Guys and Dolls
  • Featured Actress in a Musical: MaryKate Brown as Arvida in Guys and Dolls
  • Featured Actress in a Play: Aissatou Bah as Rheba in You Can’t Take It With You
  • Choreography: Christine Leonardi-Kramer for Guys and Dolls
  • Youth Orchestra: Guys and Dolls
  • Musical Direction: Paul Corn for Guys and Dolls
  • Direction: Diane Zerega for Guys and Dolls

“Nothing Short of Fantastic”

In today’s Staten Island Advance, Dr. Gracelyn Santos has an absolutely amazing article about In The Heights and the Wagner theater program in general.  You can read the article online at silive.com.    Tickets for tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday evenings show are still available online- so click the link to the right and get your tickets now!

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Reaching New Heights at Wagner High!

In the Sunday, April 21st Staten Island Advance, columnist Bea Victor gave our production a rousing review.  Click the screen shot to read the entire article.

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Wagner HS Theater on NY1 News!

NY1 News came to our rehearsal on Sunday not to just see how the show is going, but to highlight the role that many of the student performers had in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last fall.  Some of our performers were directly affected by it, with their homes sustaining severe damage.

Tickets are available online- just click the link in the ad at on the right.

Click on the screen shot below to hear NY1 News reporter Aaron Dickens to tell the full story:

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UPDATE:  We sent this link to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of In The Heights and the original Usnavi on Broadway, via Twitter and later in the day we got this back:


 

 

http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/top_stories/180487/wagner-high-school-students-ready-to-perform-after-play-delayed-by-sandy

NY1 News Previews Brighton Beach Memoirs and Our Black Box Theater

NY1 News came to our Black Box Theater during the recent run of Brighton Beach Memoirs. Click the image below to see their report.

Back to school on Staten Island means back to the theater!

From the Staten Island Advance, September 30, 2012

Back to school on Staten Island means back to the theater! by Bea Victor

Seasonal ‘Annie’ comes to Susan Wagner HS | SILive.com

Seasonal ‘Annie’ comes to Susan Wagner HS | SILive.com.