Drama Society Wins 2019 Halo Award for Best Classical Play

The Gunnery Drama Society won the 2019 Halo Award for Best Classical Play for its fall production of “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The award was one of three presented to The Gunnery Drama Society at the 16th annual Halo Awards on Tuesday, May 28, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. The school also brought home Halo Awards for Best Special Effects and Best Comedic Male Performance for “You Can’t Take It With You.”
In all, The Gunnery Drama Society garnered a total of 14 nominations this year for two productions, the fall play and a spring presentation of the Mel Brooks musical, “Young Frankenstein.” It was the highest number of nominations the school has received in recent years. Presented by Seven Angels Theater, the Halo Awards celebrate the best in Connecticut High School theater with thousands of theatrical students and faculty from more than 60 independent and public high schools in the region participating.

This year’s awards ceremony also featured a performance of “Join the Family Business,” from “Young Frankenstein,” at the Palace Theater featuring cast members Isabel Martin ’20, Joyce McFarland ’20, Max Farrar ’21, Emma Smith ’22, Drew Sutherland ’21, and Yolanda Wang ’21, with original choreography by McFarland. “These awesome kids brought home three awards and performed beautifully!” said Elizabeth Dayton ’08, Director of Dramatic Arts, and Sarah Albright, faculty member and producer.

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