UNION, NJ - Capping off another successful season, the Union High School Performing Arts Company took home three Paper Mill Rising Star Awards for their spring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”.

UHSPAC wins included:

• Outstanding Orchestra

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• Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction

• Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design

Since their inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for excellence in high school musical theatre have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey.

The ceremony was broadcast live on Hometowne TV and featured a performance by the seven nominated schools for Outstanding Overall Production. The UHSPAC performed a medley of songs from Cinderella including “The Prince is Giving a Ball,” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”  The performance featured Rising Star nominee Jason Yanto as Lord Pinkleton, Crystal Wright as Cinderella, and an ensemble of dancers including Joseph Laurino as Prince Topher.

“Last night was a wonderful reminder of the importance of arts education,” said CoMusic Director and Orchestra Conductor Laura Muller.  “Every student from every school showed their passion, humility and determination while performing at the Rising Star Awards. I am so incredibly humbled to have been honored and so proud of the creative team, cast, crew and especially the orchestra of Cinderella. To be honored for their outstanding performance is icing on the cake of a wonderful production process with these student performers.”

Director James Mosser added, “The Rising Star Awards presented by the Tony Award Winning Paper Mill Playhouse are one of the premier programs for theatre recognition in the country. It is always a pleasure to be recognized as one of top programs in the state. The highlight is watching our students perform on the Paper Mill stage. I could not be more proud of our students.”