SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit High School Performing Arts Department's production of 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' has garnered 17 Rising Star Final Nominations. This marks the 12th year running that a Summit High School produced program has been nominated for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical. It is also the second year in a row that Summit High School has led the state in total Rising Star nominations.

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. 
Summit High School is the 'defending champ' in the Best Overall Production of a Musical category, as the Hilltopper production of 'Mary Poppins' claimed the 2016 honor.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Paper Mill Playhouse Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30.

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Final Nominations included:
Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical
Sean McManus - Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Keegan McManus - Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Savannah Dooley - Outstanding Performance by a Actor in a Featured Role
Anne Poyner - Outstanding Achievement in Direction
'The Secretaries' - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group
Wayne Mallette - Outstanding Performance  by a Chorus
Wayne Mallette and Steve Rapp - Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra
Wayne Mallette and Steve Rapp - Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction
Key Mott-Sacks - Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Katherine Winter - Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Travis McHale and Ben Molnar - Outstanding Scenic Achievement
Leonardo Hildago - Outstanding Lighting Achievement
MJ Arias and Alina Patrick - Outstanding Hair & Make-up Achievement

Student Achievement Nominees

Costume Crew
Liam Dwyer - Stage Manager
Robert Scott - Lighting Crew Head