LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Passaic Valley High School (PVHS) theater arts program was recently recognized with nominations and wins in several competitions.

According to Caren Atamian, drama teacher, the high school's theater arts fall 2016 production of the drama "August:Osage County" garnered seven nominations in this year's state-wide drama competition at Montclair State University (MSU).

The nominations include best props - "August: Osage County;" pushing the envelope in academic theatre award - Caren Atamian; best lead actor in a drama - Alex Sanchez; best lead actress in a drama - Brianna Cielo; and best supporting actress in a drama - Francesca Carr. It also took a nomination for best drama - August: Osage County, and best overall production in the State of New Jersey - "August: Osage County."

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The ceremony will take place at Montclair State University on Monday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

Atamian also noted that the theater arts program was honored at the Bucks County Student Theatre Festival Award Winners, located in Pennsylvania, on April 20, by winning four awards for excellence. The winners in the competition were Annie Challice, spotlight award for character work, and Alex Sanchez, best actor in a musical, "Grease." Additionally, Brianna Cielo won for best actress in a play, "August: Osage County" and best ensemble in a play, also went to "August: Osage County."

"Congratulations to to the cast and crew of PV's Fall production of August: Osage County on their seven nominations in this years state-wide drama competition at MSU," Atamian said. "We also would like to congratulate the winners at the Bucks County Student Theatre Festival Awards."