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  • Winners announced for NEPA Stars Awards

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  • The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural NEPA Stars Awards – a program designed to recognize excellence in high school theatre and is sponsored by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.
    The announcement of the winners took place at an awards ceremony held at today at the Scranton Cultural Center which was hosted by SCC Executive Director Michael Melcher.
    The inaugural awards ceremony was sponsored by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.
    Today was truly a great day for high school musical theatre and arts education in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” says Dawn McGurl, Director of the NEPA Stars Awards program and Program Manager for the Scranton Cultural Center.
    There is an overwhelming amount of talent in the youth of this area, and thanks to the generous support of the Scranton Area Community Foundation, we were able to give these students the recognition they deserve through the NEPA Stars Program.”
    The winners of the inaugural NEPA Stars Awards are:
    Best Musical
    Wallenpaupack Area High School, "Peter Pan."
    Best Actress
    Morgan Miller as Peter Pan in Wallenpaupack Area High School's "Peter Pan."
    Best Actor
    Connor McLaughlin as Captain Hook in Wallenpaupack Area High School's "Peter Pan."
    Best Director
    Wallenpaupack Area High School, "Peter Pan."
    Best Choreography
    Wallenpaupack Area High School, "Peter Pan."
    Best Ensemble
    Munchkins/Citizens of Oz in Scranton High School's "The Wizard of Oz."
    Best Featured Ensemble
    The Indians in Wallenpaupack Area High School's "Peter Pan."
    Best Supporting Actress
    Tatiana Tell as Glinda in Scranton High School's "The Wizard of Oz."
    Best Supporting Actor
    Mike Baranowski as Lord Farquaad in West Scranton High School's "Shrek the Musical."
    Page 2 of 3 - Best Featured Actor
    Devon Clarke as Enjolras in Lackawanna Trail Junior-Senior High School's "Les Miserables: School Edition."
    Best Featured Actress
    Mary Ferguson as Cyndi Gibson in Dunmore High School's "Back to the 80s - The Totally Awesome Musical."
    Best Student Orchestra
    Wallenpaupack Area High School, "Peter Pan.”
    Best Lighting Design
    Scranton High School, "The Wizard of Oz."
    Best Costume Design
    Scranton High School, "The Wizard of Oz."
    Best Hair & Make-up Design
    West Scranton High School, "Shrek the Musical."
    Best Graphic Design
    Lakeland Junior-Senior High School, "Little Shop of Horrors."
    Best Scenic Design
    Scranton High School, "The Wizard of Oz."
    Over the past several months, a panel of judges, comprised of performing arts educators, entertainment professionals, directors, designers and performers, attended performances at the 11 registered high schools:
    Blue Ridge High School – “Annie.”
    Dunmore High School – “Back to the 80s.”
    Holy Cross High School – “The Sound of Music.”
    Lackawanna Trail Jr./Sr. High School – “Les Miserables: School Edition.”
    Lakeland Jr./Sr. High School – “Little Shop of Horrors.”
    Mid Valley High School – “Legally Blonde.”
    Mountain View High School – “Hello, Dolly!”
    Riverside High School – “Legally Blonde.”
    Scranton High School – “The Wizard of Oz.”
    Wallenpaupack High School – “Peter Pan.”
    West Scranton High School – “Shrek the Musical.”
    Page 3 of 3 - The scores were then tabulated to determine the award winners. Educators at the participating schools will receive the judges’ feedback in an effort to aid improvement for years to come.
    For more information about the NEPA Stars Awards program and ceremony, please contact NEPA Stars Director and SCC Program Manager, Dawn McGurl at (570) 346-7369 ext. 136 or NEPAstars@sccmt.org.
    Visit the SCC’s website, www.ScrantonCulturalCenter.org, for more information and our complete schedule of events
    The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple’s 2013-2014 Season is supported by: the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Lackawanna County Office of Education and Culture, and Commissioners Corey D. O'Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O'Malley.
    A special thank you to our media partners: WBRE/WYOU, Lamar Advertising, Entercom Communications, The Times-Tribune, Electric City, Citizens’ Voice, Times-Shamrock Communications, Allied Services, MAC Signs and Comcast.
     
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