Drama Society wins 2018 Halo Award for Scenic Design and Execution
On May 29, Seven Angels Theater presented the 15th Annual Halo Awards before an audience that included more than 5,000 of Connecticut’s student thespians, singers, dancers, and representatives of all the attendant theater skill groups at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. The theatrical students and their mentors from 60 regional schools, both public and independent, came dressed to the nines to walk the red carpet, cheer for themselves and their schoolmates, and perform numbers and scenes from more 111 productions represented in the nominations awarded over two nights. The awards and recognitions for each evening elicited deafening screams of delight and prolonged applause from the glittering crowd during the four-hour events. The Gunnery contingent consisted of 23 performers – including five seniors who had graduated the day before, Sabryna Coppola, Bella Byrne, Claire Costello, Ross O’Connor and Rachel Cohen – as well as faculty and parents.
The highlight of the evening was the award presented to our own Charles DeVos ’20, Hailey Lovallo ’21, and Ross O’Connor ’18, who together won the award for Best Scenic Design and/or Execution for ”Rent: School Edition.”
Director of Dramatic Arts Elizabeth Hawley Dayton ’08 said of her students: “I want to say how incredibly proud I am of the students who participated in the fall play and winter musical this year, and I want to thank all the people who have supported us in our efforts.” The Gunnery Drama Society was invited to present at the Halo Awards ceremony and perform “Another Day” from “Rent: School Edition.”
In addition to the award for a scenic design, The Gunnery thespians received six nominations from the Halo Awards committee for their two productions during the 2017-2018 school year.
The nominees from the fall play, “Arsenic and Old Lace,”were:
Best Performance by a Couple or a Dynamic Duo in a Play: Lois Bachman ’19 and Sabryna Coppola ’18 as Abby and Martha Brewster
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Classical Play: Sam Johnson ’20 as Mortimer Brewster
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Classical Play: Sabryna Coppola as Martha Brewster
Best Props Design and/or Management: Acadia Johnson ’21 and Sophia Novoa ’20
The nominees for the winter musical, “Rent: School Edition,” were:
Best Performance by a Couple or a Dynamic Duo in a Musical: Gabby Lescadre ’18 and Clare Costello ’18 as Maureen and Joanne
Best Special Effects: Clare Costello
Best Choreographer: Gabby Lescadre, Sabryne Coppola and Katie Nemergut ’19
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical: Gabby Lescadre
Other highlights included a tribute to the tireless work of the drama teachers and directors. A special award, the Gypsy award is typically given to a member of the chorus “who is known in part for his/her dedication, professionalism, and seasoned performing career.” Rachel Cohen ’18 represented The Gunnery in this elite group. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and Halo Award winners!
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.