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Madison High School’s “Oklahoma!” Earns Seven Papermill Rising Star Award Nominations/Honorable Mentions

Cast of MHS "Oklahoma!" Credits: Chris Cullen
MHS Senior Max Vigatov as "Will Parker" Credits: Chris Cullen
MHS Junior Erin Salko Credits: Chris Cullen
Orchestra and crew of "Oklahoma!" Credits: Chris Cullen

MADISON, NJ -- Madison High School’s spring musical production of “Oklahoma!” roped in seven nominations and honorable mentions for the 2017 Paper Mill Rising Star Awards.  Modeled after the Tony Awards,  the awards were established in 1996 by Summit’s Paper Mill Playhouse to recognize excellence in high school musical theatre in the state of New Jersey.

One hundred public, private and parochial schools from across the state participate in the program.  The awards are adjudicated by seventy evaluators, with each school receiving four evaluations.  This is the most Rising Star nominations/honorable mentions that Madison High School (MHS) has garnered for a production.  In addition to receiving an honorable mention for “Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical,” the MHS production was recognized for accomplishment by the orchestra and individual actors as well as directing and technical categories:

  • Honorable Mention, Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

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  • Final Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Max Vigotov as “Will Parker”

  • Final Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Member: Erin Salko as “Dream Laurey”

  • Honorable Mention, Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra

  • Honorable Mention, Outstanding Achievement by a Teacher or Outside Director: Caryn Elefante

  • Final Nomination for Outstanding Scenic Achievement: Brian Toscano

  • Final Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Achievement: Brian Lynch


Senior Max Vigatov is not new to the Rising Star rodeo. A second time nominee, Vigotov was recognized last year for his portrayal of “Scuttle" in the MHS production of "The Little Mermaid."  Last year’s production also netted honorable mentions for lighting and outstanding featured ensemble group for the six actresses playing the “Mersisters.”

The Paper Mill Rising Star Awards are presented by Investors Foundation and will air on live television and online through Hometowne Television of Summit, NJ.  The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 pm and will feature presenters from Broadway as well as performances by select students.

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