Mancini Awards names 2013 winners for excellence in high school musical theater


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The 19th annual Geneva College Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards crowned Zach Malinak from Freedom Area High School and Francesca Nardone from the Ellwood City Area School District to head to New York City and represent the Henries in the National High School Musical Theater Awards.

Geneva and the McCarl Family Foundation present the awards to honor excellence in high school musical theater in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. Last year, Mancini Award winner Erica Durham from Central Valley High School was a finalist in the national competition.

Freedom, Beaver and Ellwood City high schools were recognized for outstanding overall performance.

The winners, in random order as announced at a ceremony on Wednesday, are:

Outstanding Sets & Scenery

New Brighton Area High School, for "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Freedom Area High School, for "Fiddler on the Roof"

Beaver Area High School, for "Me and My Girl"

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Riverside High School, for "Wizard of Oz"

Freedom Area High School, for "Fiddler on the Roof"

New Brighton Area High School, for "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Outstanding Costumes

Beaver County Christian School, for "Annie"

Central Valley High School, for "The Wiz"

Riverside High School, for "Wizard of Oz"

Outstanding Student Orchestra

Beaver Area High School, for "Me and My Girl"

Big Beaver Falls Area School District, for "The Wiz"

Blackhawk High School, for "Beauty and the Beast"

Freedom Area High School, for "Fiddler on the Roof"

Outstanding Dance Performance

Ambridge Area High School, for "Curtains"

New Brighton Area High School, for "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Beaver Area High School, for "Me and My Girl"

Outstanding Vocal Ensemble

Hopewell High School, for "Guys and Dolls"

Freedom Area High School, for "Fiddler on the Roof"

Beaver Area High School, for "Me and My Girl"

Noteworthy Performance by a Group

Jenna Rosenfeld and Hunter Large, as the "I Am Adolpho" duet, in "The Drowsy Chaperone," New Brighton Area High School

Alena Kucan and Michael Cannistraci, as The Thenardiers in "Les Miserables," Ellwood City Area High School

Alex Barna, Danny Watts and Ty Richardson, as the "Fugue for Tinhorns" Trio in "Guys and Dolls," Hopewell High School

Julie Pflug and Elijah Smith, for "Love is Always Lovely" duet, in "The Drowsy Chaperone," New Brighton Area High School

Noteworthy Performance by an Individual

Michael Cannistraci, as Thenardier, in "Les Miserables," Ellwood City Area School District

Elijah Smith, as Underling, in "The Drowsy Chaperone," New Brighton Area High School

Joey Cortez, as Enjolras, in "Les Miserables," Ellwood City Area School District

Alex Barna, as Nicely Nicely Johnson in "Guys and Dolls," Hopewell High School

Tim Pfister, as Lefou in "Beauty and the Beast," Blackhawk High School

Ricky Cavaliere, as Parchester in "Me and My Girl," Beaver Area High School

Outstanding Female in a Supporting Role

Carly Koza as Lady Jaqueline in "Me and My Girl," Beaver Area High School

Marina Thetford as Cosette in "Les Miserables," Ellwood City Area School District

Amber Leitsch as Mrs. Potts in "Beauty and the Beast," Blackhawk High School

Outstanding in a Supporting Role

Iain McCormick as Javert in "Les Miserables," Ellwood City Area School District

Anthony Aloisi as Tin Man in "The Wiz," Central Valley High School

Calvin Hitchcock as Sir John in "Me and My Girl," Beaver Area High School

Outstanding in a Lead Role

Brianna D'Itri as Sally in "Me and My Girl," Beaver Area High School

Alyssa DeMarco as Janet Van de Graff in "The Drowsy Chaperone," New Brighton Area High School

Francesca Nardone as Eponine in "Les Miserables," Ellwood City Area School District

Outstanding Male in a Lead Role

John Kusnir as Man in Chair in "The Drowsy Chaperone," New Brighton Area High School

Zach Malinak as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," Freedom Area High School

Matthew Barnes, as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables," Ellwood City Area School District

Outstanding Overall Performance

Freedom Area High School, for "Fiddler on the Roof"

Beaver Area High School, for "Me and My Girl"

Ellwood City Area School District, for "Les Miserables"

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First Published May 16, 2013 2:00 PM


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