Drama Society Earns 14 Nominations for 2018-2019 Halo Awards

On Wednesday it was announced that The Gunnery Drama Society has received a total of 14 nominations for the 2018-2019 Halo Awards, which celebrate the best in Connecticut high school theater. It is the highest number of nominations the school has garnered in recent years.
“Congratulations to The Gunnery Drama Society on another incredible year of productions,” said Elizabeth Dayton ’08, Director of Dramatic Arts, who shared the nominations with faculty and staff and expressed her appreciation to the community. “Thank you to everyone who came to support the productions and to the cast and crew of both the fall and winter shows.”

Winners will be announced at the 16th Annual Halo Awards, which this year has been extended to three nights – May 28, 29 and June 3 – at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. More than 60 schools are participating in the awards ceremony. On May 28, cast members Isabel Martin ’20, Joyce McFarland ’20, Max Farrar ’21, Emma Smith ’22, Drew Sutherland ’21, and Yolanda Wang ’21, also will perform “Join the Family Business,” from The Gunnery’s spring production of the Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein,” at the Palace Theater, with original choreography by McFarland.

“This will be a gala Red Carpet event for the nominated students,” event organizers said. “It’s a don’t-miss fun evening.”

The Gunnery Drama Society is nominated for Best Classical Play for “You Can’t Take It With You” and Best Contemporary Musical for “Young Frankenstein” with additional nominations in the following categories:
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Best Comic Male Performance in a Play
Best Comic Female Performance in a Play
Best Comic Male Performance in a Musical
Best Scenic Design and/or Execution
Best Special Effects
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Classical Play
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Contemporary Musical

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