RFH Theater Awards
June 1st, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 30, 2013
RFH Tower Players Celebrate Excellence in High School Theater
and Earn Awards from Count Basie, Bucks County, Mainstage, and
Montclair State Programs
Rumson — The Tower Players of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School have
experienced an exhilarating and productive spring. The students participated and
performed in local and out-of-state venues celebrating excellence in high school theater,
and received a significant number of awards as well.
In keeping with tradition, the Tower Players participated in the Count Basie Awards as
they have since the program was initiated in 2006. Along with twenty other Monmouth
County High Schools, RFH welcomed judges from the Count Basie Awards to its fall
drama and spring musical productions.
As a result of judging, the Tower Players earned a number of nominations for their fall
production of A Christmas Carol and for the spring musical, Elton John and Tim
At the Eighth Annual Count Basie Awards ceremony held at the theater in Red Bank
on May 22, A Christmas Carol received the award for Overall Outstanding Dramatic
Presentation. The play’s Director, RFH faculty member Suzanne Sweeney, was
recognized for Outstanding Direction in a Drama.
The Count Basie Awards also recognized Jack Newsome as Outstanding Supporting
Actor in a Drama for his work in A Christmas Carol. Lighting Director Matthew Hervilly
and Assistant Director KasiAnn Sweeney were honored for Outstanding Lighting Design
in a Drama, and RFH faculty member Dino Pagano received the award for Outstanding
Set Design in a Drama.
AIDA was one of five high school productions nominated for Overall Outstanding
Musical Presentation by the Count Basie judges, earning cast members a spot
performing onstage during the awards ceremony. The Count Basie audience was
treated to a display of acting and singing talent as well as the production’s costume
On April 29, the Tower Players entertained the audience at the Bucks County Theater
Festival in New Hope, Pennsylvania. As a result of this performance, AIDA received
the award for Best Production. Clare Fitzgerald was recognized as Best Actress, and
the Pit Orchestra under the leadership of RFH Music Director Bill Grillo received
Special Sponsor’s Spotlight Award.
The RFH troupe also performed at the Mainstage Theatre Arts Festival held at Camden
County College in Camden, New Jersey on April 27. At this event, AIDA earned the
award for Best Overall Production of a Musical and Sweeney was recognized as Best
Director of a Musical.
Also at Mainstage, Julia Mosby received the award for Best Actress in a Musical,
RFH senior Kristen Pellizzi was honored as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, and
Newsome was recognized as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. AIDA also earned
Mainstage Awards for Best Ensemble in a Musical, Best Chorus in a Musical, and Best
Choreography in a Musical
At the Montclair State University Theater Awards for Drama on held on April 26, the
Tower Players’ A Christmas Carol won the award for Best Overall Production. Hervilly
and Sweeney were once again recognized for Outstanding Lighting Design in a Drama.
The Tower Players is a student activities organization consisting of actors, singers,
dancers, set designers, lighting technicians, and costume designers. It is open to all
RFH students in grades nine through twelve.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT –
Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations
firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-347-8885