Cedar Grove teenager, Brielle Raddi, is the recipient of a 2013 Perry Award given by the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters at a ceremony held on September 22nd.
Ms. Raddi was honored in the Outstanding Youth Actress in a Musical category for her performance as Marion Paroo in The Strollers’ May 2013 production of The Music Man
NJACT is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local theater around the state, celebrating the outstanding achievements in Community Theater for the past 35 years. Each fall they honor the best and brightest members of the community with their coveted Perry Awards.
The Strollers have been entertaining audiences in the area for over 80 years, currently serving as the resident theater company at the Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ. They have been nominated for many and have won Perry awards in the past most recently for Costume Design for their 2010 production of The Heiress.
The Music Man was Ms. Raddi’s debut performance on the Stroller stage, although she came to them after performing in over 30 Off-Broadway, regional and community theater productions. She is most recently credited for her performance as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, as well as roles in Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, High School Musical, Fame, and The Bad Seed.
In the past, Ms. Raddi received a 2011 Cappies Nomination for Lead Actress in a Play for her role of Lucy Westphal in Dracula, and a previous Perry Award Nomination for Outstanding Youth Actress in a Play for her 2010 role of Little Jesus in The Pillowman.
The Strollers are thrilled that she was recognized for her wonderful performance. “As her Director”, said Norman Metz, “ I am very excited for Brielle and very proud of her. She performed the role of a woman several years older than she and was able to capture the reticence that “Marian” first feels toward “Harold” and then convey how later gave herself wholeheartedly to him”. JoAnne Hankey, the production stage manager said,”All of us involved in the production know that Brielle deserved it. It was thrilling to see someone so young in the female lead role of such a big musical production.”
Brielle Raddi was nominated in the category with Heather Birmingham, Bye Bye Birdie, ShowKids Invitational Theater; Brianna Brice, Spring Awakening, Villagers Theatre; Olivia DeSalvo, Hair, New Jersey Arts Collective; Shannen Doyle, Spring Awakening, Villagers Theatre; Julia Fumo, Annie, Off Broad Street Players; and Lexi Rosenblum, Smile, Porch Light Productions.
Currently, Ms. Raddi studies acting, dance and voice in New York City and is a principle member of TADA! Youth Theater, NYC. She is quoted as saying, ”You must have fun, enjoy and love what you’re doing to be successful. I am confident that theatre will be my future success story!”