High school's 'Hello, Dolly!' nominated for 15 awards

Cast and crew members of the 2015 Trumbull High School musical will be saying “Hello, Dolly!” once again on Monday, June 1 when they attend the 7th annual Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards at The Palace Theater in Waterbury.

The school’s production of Hello, Dolly! has been nominated for a total of 15 awards, including Outstanding Production of the Year. As an Outstanding Production nominee, the cast will perform a company number at the black-tie event for an audience of over 2,000 friends, family, and theater enthusiasts. Junior Zac Gottschall, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor, will perform “It Takes a Woman” as he reprises his role as Horace Vandergelder. Two Trumbull High seniors, Nathan Clift and Annie Stachura, will also perform as part of an inter-school production number that brings together performers from all the participating schools.

Trumbull’s production of Hello, Dolly! which delighted over 4,000 audience members at the Robert E. McCarthy Auditorium, was adjudicated in March by three judges from CHSMTA. Next, the production was reviewed by a nominating committee, and then a final panel of judges, who viewed video, photographs, and other materials from the production. In addition to 13 regular category nominations, Trumbull High students garnered two student achievement nominations: Scenic Art Design for senior Cammy Kimball, and Assistant Choreographer for junior Ava Gallo ('13 CHSMTA winner for Outstanding Ensemble and '14 nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress). Trumbull graduates Stephanie Bont ('10) and Sam Maloney ('12) emerged from the review with a nomination for their original set design.

“The gala event at The Palace is one of our favorite days of the school year,” says producer and Trumbull High teacher Shannon Bolan. “Win or lose, it’s a great day. We get to perform on a professional stage, meet a lot of great people from other schools, and see stellar performances from high schools across the state. It helps our program to grow each year.”

In addition to a group nomination for Outstanding Chorus, and various nods to direction and design, several individual student performances have been nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress, Katherine Griffin as Minnie Fay ('13 winner for Outstanding Ensemble); and Outstanding Supporting Actor, Jack Leonard as Barnaby Tucker and Michael Lepore as Cornelius Hackl ('14 winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor).

The gala event on June 1 is open to the public. More information and ticketing details can be found on the Facebook pages for Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards or THS Musicals.