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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • WAHS Players Earn Seven Spotlight Awards

  • The WAHS Players reported on their successful season during the June Wallenpaupack School Board meeting.

     


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  • The WAHS Players reported on their successful season during the June Wallenpaupack School Board meeting.
    For the second year in a row, the WAHS Players earned more Spotlight Awards then any other school in the program. The Spotlight Awards are given by the Sherman Theatre in East Stroudsburg to area high school production. They are the local school equivalent to the Tony Awards, explained Allison Hoffman, WAHS Players advisor. Nine schools from four counties were entered for 20 different awards.
    Judges attend the performances of participating area schools. Nominations  cover everything from the sets to the actors. The winners are then chosen and announced at a program at the theater.
    Wallenpaupack received 14 nominations for its production of “She Loves Me”, including: Outstanding Scenic Design; Outstanding Lighting Design; Outstanding Costume Design; Outstanding Hair and Make-up Design; Outstanding Musical Direction; Outstanding Performance by a Chorus; Outstanding Performance of a Production Number for “12 Days to Christmas”; Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role, CJ Shultz as Georg Nowack; Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role, Amanda Wierbowski as Amalia Balash; Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Alec Edwards as Arpad; Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role, Bonnie Jean Witkowski as Ilona; Outstanding Solo Number for Amanda Wierbowski’s performance of “Vanilla Ice Cream”; Student Achievement Award for Stage Managing, Marie Phillips; and Outstanding Overall Production.
    The WAHS players won seven of the awards. The awards include: Outstanding Scenic Design; Outstanding Hair and Make-up Design; Outstanding Performance by a Chorus; Outstanding Performance of a Production Number for “12 Days to Christmas”; Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role, Amanda Wierbowski as Amalia Balash; Student Achievement Award for Stage Managing, Marie Phillips.
    The WAHS Players also received an award created by the judges exclusively for one of its actors. Shannon McArdle was honored as Outstanding Performance by a Non-Singing Actor, for her portrayal of Keller and Busboy.
    Money raised from the program goes back to the schools, Hoffman said.
    Last year, Spotlight Awards raise $11,000. Hoffman said they hoped to reach $13,000 this year.
    Superintendent Michael Silsby said the students should be proud of the awards and achievements they’ve earned. He added the WAHS Players performances are so good every year.
    Something that showed in the Spotlight Awards since the WAHS players earned more awards then any other school last year as well as this year.
    Hoffman added the show of support from the school and community was tremendous with 70 -80 people attending the ceremony.

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