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Students win theater accolades
Posted on: June 4, 2012

The MACY awards

The MACY Childress organization was founded in 1969 to recognize the work of high school theatre students.  Tri-School was honored to be asked to perform a 4-minute excerpt from our spring musical, Seussical on the mainstage at Segerstrom on May 27.  The Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Orange County Performing Arts Center) is the largest theatre in Orange County.  We were also invited to send two performers to join in an opening number comprised of students from all participating schools, and we were represented by Spencer Fovell and Erica Schaeffer

(Connelly students' names are in BOLD.)

The following students received awards from MACY for Little Shop of Horrors:

Bright Spot Award: Hannah Butler, Jasmen Villagomez, Gregory Jenn, Lexi Cross, Danielle Carr
Special Recognition Award: Spencer Fovell, Danny Kane

Achievement Award: Mel Gonzalez, Ivey Hernandez, Sarah McGuire, Nick Coad, Grant Hodges

Outstanding Achievement: Erica Schaeffer, Hunter Berecochea

The following students received awards from MACY for Seussical:

Bright Spot Award: Marione Tamase, Brooke Medina

Special Recognition Award: Brian Cox, Jeffrey Caluag, Spencer Fovell, Adam Silos

Achievement Award: Danielle Velasco, Hunter Berecochea, Gregory Jenn

Outstanding Achievement Award: Hannah Butler, Erica Schaeffer, Nicholas Coad, Mel Gonzalez, Grant Hodges
Highest Achievement Award: Sarah McGuire

In addition, Erica Schaeffer was selected to receive a college scholarship from the MACY organization.

Cappies Awards

Cappies is a national organization allowing student writers to attend and review high school theater productions. This year, the Orange County Cappies had 35 participating schools, attended 61 productions and wrote 1,388 reviews. The top three reviews from each show are selected for publication (two for the Orange County Register Online and one for OC Theater Review Online).

In May, the Cappies Critics voted on nominations and awards based on the shows they saw. Nominations means that a student or a group is ranked in the top five in that category in Orange County. The winners will be announced at the Cappies Gala on June 3, at the Grove of Anaheim.

(Connelly students' names are in BOLD.)

The June 3 Cappies Awards honored the following Tri-School Theatre students:

Grant Hodges was asked to perform in an opening number comprised of the nominees for Lead Actor and Actress in a Musical, as well as Vocalist and Dancer nominees.

For Special Effects Team of the Year for Seussical: Andrea Rodriguez, Katie Bowen, Bailey Bowen, Matthew Michalak

For Props Team of the Year for Seussical: Justin Roth, Roman Curiel, Robert Gomez, Molly Pascale

For Featured Actor of the Year in a Play, for his role as Gollum in The Hobbit: Jack Vogt

The following students were nominated for Cappies Awards:

Lighting Design- Jason Welch, Christabelle Blake, Christina Perry, Eimi Thompson, Tri-School Theatre, Seussical the Musical

Make-up Design- Christine Nguyen, Tri-School Theatre, Seussical the Musical

Props- Andrea Rodriguez, Katie Bowen, Bailey Bowen, Matthew Michalak, Tri-School Theatre, Seussical the Musical

Special Effects (TWO Tri-School Nominations)-
Justin Roth, Roman Curiel, Robert Gomez, Molly Pascale, for Glow in the Dark Effects, Tri-School Theatre, Seussical the Musical
Justin Roth, Madison Galligan, Dominic Grisotti, Joshua Van Driesan, for The Dragon, Tri-School Theatre, The Hobbit Comic Actress in a Musical- Erica Schaeffer, as Mayzie La Bird, Tri-School Theatre, Seussical the Musical

Supporting Actress in a Musical- Sarah McGuire, as Gertrude McFuzz, Tri-School Theatre, Seussical the Musical

Junior Critic of the Year (writing award)- Shannon Annarella, Tri-School Theatre Theatre

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