MILLBURN, NJ -  The 'Silly Girls" from the Columbia High School spring musical production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" won the award for "Outstanding Featured Ensemble Group" at the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards last night.

The 'Silly Girls,' as well as other members of the cast of Columbia High School's "Disney's Beauty and the Beast' also performed at the awards ceremony last night at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

Columbia High School received ten Rising Star nominations, and four Honorable Mentions, for their spring production of "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast," including a nomination for "Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical." The full list of Columbia High School's nominations and honorable mentions can be found here.

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The 2016 Rising Star Award for "Outstanding Overall Production" went to Summit High School for their spring musical production of 'Mary Poppins." This was Summit's third "Outstanding Overall Production" win, joining "Titanic" in 2007 and "Beauty and the Beast" in 2013.

The Paper Mill Playhouse "Rising Star Awards" were created in 1996 to encourage and reward exceptional accomplishments in the production of high school musical theatre. Presented by the Investors Foundation, the "Rising Star Awards" is a statewide competition of New Jersey high school musicals modeled after Broadway's Tony Awards.

In 2015, Columbia High School received fourteen Rising Star nominations for their production of "Ragtime: School Edition." Tricia Benn and Bethany Pettigrew won the award for Outstanding Direction. Ethan Gill, Assistant Technical Director, won the Student Achievement Award. The Janet Sovey Scholarship for the Rising Star Awards went to Kelly Hedden, and the Paper Mill Playhouse Technical Theatre Scholarship for the Rising Star Awards went to Aileen Sartori, both of Columbia High School.