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CRT Announces Winners for "The Pavilion Awards"

The winners for the eighth annual Cortland Repertory Theatre “Pavilion Awards” were announced on Sunday, June 6, at the National Historic Little York Pavilion, home to CRT. The awards, sponsored by First Niagara Bank, recognize outstanding achievement in local high school theatre during the 2009-10 school year.

Trophies were presented to the winners in a ceremony hosted by Producing Artistic Director Kerby Thompson and Assistant Director Jim Bumgardner. Presenters included members of CRT’s Performing Intern program: Annie Duckett, Aaron Fried, Kaitlyn Frotton, Sean Patrick Gibbons, Crystal Gramkee, and Brendon North. Each of the six nominated high schools that produced musicals - Cortland, Dryden, Groton, Homer, McGraw and Tully - performed a musical number from their production.

First Niagara Bank representative Sandy Sampson spoke on behalf of the corporate sponsor, acknowledging the work that the students and teachers accomplished over the year. Mr. Sampson introduced Kim Hubbard, CRT Board member and professional actor, with whom Mr. Sampson had performed on stage with while attending Homer High School. Mr. Hubbard talked about his experiences in high school shows, and told the students that their experiences on stage would be something they’d remember for the rest of their lives.

Following the ceremony, the CRT Board and Guild hosted a reception for all in attendance.

The recipients of the awards are as followings:

Best Musical: Annie Get Your Gun (Groton)

Best Play: The Diary of Anne Frank (Cortland)

Musical Ensemble: Annie Get Your Gun (Groton)

Play Ensemble: The Diary of Anne Frank (Cortland)

Lead Actor in a Musical: Logan Wannall (Groton)

Lead Actor in a Play: Isaac Garcia (Homer)

Lead Actress in a Musical: Sandra Quints (Groton)

Lead Actress in a Play: Andrea Montez (Cortland)

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Austin Brecht (Dryden)

Supporting Actor in a Play: Brian Pristash (Cortland)

Supporting Actress in a Musical: Erin Reppenhaghen (Tully)

Supporting Actress in a Play: Lydia Shahan (Tully)

Featured Actor in a Musical: Gabe Petrella (Groton)

Featured Actor in a Play: Derek Sheffer (Homer)

Featured Actress in a Musical: Demmarie Boreland (Cortland)

Featured Actress in a Play: Emily Canaski (Homer)

Technical Achievement: Trevor Dewey (Tully)

Student Written One-Act Play: “’Til Death Do We Part” by Demmarie Boreland (Cortland)

CRT Scholarships: Amanda Nauseef (Cortland), David Russell (Cortland) and Lauren Puente (Tully)

“Most Valuable Player” Awards (voted by the students, a winner from each production):

Cortland: Maddie Forrester (one-acts), Andrea Montez (musical), Kate Torti (play); Dryden: Alex Williams; Groton: Sandra Quints; Homer: Sarah Stupke (musical), Mariah Bush (play); McGraw: Elizabeth Niver; Tully: Erin Reppenhagen (musical), Lyndsie Collis (play)

Theatre-As-Education Awards: The Diary of Anne Frank (Cortland) and Annie Get Your Gun (Groton)

Special Recognition: Justin Dimorier (McGraw), Lauren Puente (Tully) and Kyle Tomlinson (Cortland) for Outstanding Support and Dedication to their respective high school theatre programs.