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Summit H.S. Production of 'Mary Poppins' Wins Top Rising Star Award; Fitzpatrick, Winter, Three Others Also Earn Honors

The cast and crew takes the stage to accept their award.
Claire Fitzpatrick accepts the award for "Best Actress."
Director Anne Poyner surrounded by her cast and crew.
Katherine Winter accepts her award for "Outstanding Costumes."
Ben Molnar, technical director; Kelly Mott-Sacks, choreographer; Anne Poyner, director; Katherine Winter, costume designer; Steve Rapp, orchestra director; Wayne Mallette, choral director.
Summit High School's production of 'Mary Poppins' has claiimed the top overall honor at the Paper Mill Playhouse's "Rising Star Awards.' Credits: Jim Poyner
Summit High School celebrates their win.

MILLBURN, NJ - The Summit High School spring musical production of 'Mary Poppins' has won the "Outstanding Overall Production" Award at the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards.

This was Summit's third "Outstanding Overall Production" win, joining "Titanic" in 2007 and "Beauty and the Beast" in 2013.

Claire Fitzpatrick, who portrayed the umbrella-toting aerial wiz, took home the "Best Actress Award," and Katherine Winter was honored with the award for "Outstanding Costumes."

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Student achievement awards went to Kira Ross and Kate Klaschka for their work as the production's Costume Crew, and Katherin Recio, who served as Student Director.

'Mary Poppins' received 18 final nominations for The Paper Mill Playhouse's "Rising Star Awards," leading the the field of 100 schools.
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.
This year marked the 11th year in a row that a production from the Kent Place Boulevard campus' performing arts department has been chosen as a finalist in the "Best Overall Production" award category.

Other nominees included:
Sean McManus - Best Actor
Catie Floegel - Best Supporting Actress
Keegan McManus - Best Supporting Actor
Anne Poyner - Outstanding Direction
The Sweeps - Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Group
Wayne Mallette - Outstanding Chorus
Steve Rapp - Outstanding Orchestra
Mallette and Rapp - Outstanding Musical Direction
Kelly Mott-Sacks - Outstanding Choreography
Travis McHale and Ben Molnar - Outstanding Scenic Design
Rebecca Arnold - Outstanding Hair and Make-Up
Angeli Breen, Chrissy Floegel, and Melanie Wilson - Educational Impact

Student Achievement Awards

Sydney Giusto (Chair) - Prop Crew

The "Rising Star Award" Corps of Evaluators, comprised of theater professionals, performing artists, designers, and theater arts educators, views 100  student productions from high schools across the state.

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