Westfield High School Drama students and staff were nominated this week for 11 Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, including Best Overall Production for the musical "Into the Woods." This is the third year in a row that the school was nominated for the top award. 

Other nominations include: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Tony Peer; Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Frank Guerriero; Outstanding Performance by a Chorus; Outstanding Achievement by a Teacher or Outside Director – Daniel Devlin; Outstanding Scenic Achievement – Roy Chambers; Outstanding Lighting Achievement; Outstanding Hair & Make-up Achievement – Allie Safonov; Student Achievement Award – Devyn Tibbals, Stage Manager; Student Achievement Award – Madeline Kevelson, Costume Design; Student Achievement Award – Sarah Morton, Assistant Technical Director; and Honorable Mention - Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra.

Nominations also were recently received for Westfield High School’s fall production of "The Cherry Orchard." The play garnered nine Montclair State University Foxy Awards for outstanding achievement in high school theatre, including: Outstanding Production of a Classical Play; Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew; Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design; Outstanding Achievement in Properties; Frank Guerriero -Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Classical Play; Madeline Hudelson - Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Classical Play; Tony Peer - Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Classical Play; Madeleine Rosenthal - Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Classical Play; and Drama teacher Daniel Devlin -The Peter Filichia Award for Pushing the Envelope in Academic Theatre.

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In addition, Kimberly Jonny, Public Speaking and Drama Teacher, at Roosevelt Intermediate School, was notified that the fall play, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," has been nominated by Montclair State University Theatre Awards for Outstanding Middle School play, and Olivia Ebel has been nominated Outstanding Actor from the performance. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Montclair State University on Monday, May 16. 

 “We look forward to hearing the results of these wonderful nominations in the weeks to come,” stated Superintendent of Schools Margaret Dolan. “Our students and teachers work hard to hone their skills as is evident in the high caliber productions nominated for awards every year.”