“On the Town” Wins Mancini Awards

Hopewell High School students Ryan Vander Wagen and Jade Mitchell perform a scene from their production of “On The Town” at the annual Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards at Geneva College on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.

The Times ran a great article about the Mancini Awards, check out the photo above and the exert from Hopewell’s winners below!

Next up was Hopewell High, with a performance from “On the Town” that made spectators gasp then applaud loudly, as Jade Mitchell, a senior, dangled delicately and gracefully, nearly upside down, while held high above the head of Ryan Vander Wagen.

One of three winners in the “outstanding male lead” category, Vander Wagen had done extra weight-lifting to prepare for that scene, said Mitchell, who described performing at the Mancini Awards as “thrilling, but there’s a lot of pressure.”

Hopewell Nominated for 11 Henry Mancini Awards

Congratulations to Hopewell’s cast of On The Town for their 11 Henry Mancini Award nominations!  Awards will be presented tonight, May 12 at Geneva College.

Outstanding Male in a Leading Role:

Ryan Vander Wagen

Gabey in On the Town, Hopewell Area High School

Outstanding Female in a Leading Role:

Nicole DiPietro

Hildy in On the Town, Hopewell Area High School

Outstanding Male in a Supporting Role:

Nick LaSota

Chip in On the Town, Hopewell Area High School

Outstanding Female in a Supporting Role:

Amy Kerlin

Claire in On the Town, Hopewell Area High School

Noteworthy Performance by an Individual:

Justin Jackovic

Ozzie in On the Town, Hopewell Area High School

Jade Mitchell

Ivy in On the Town, Hopewell Area High School

Noteworthy Performance by a Group:

Jade Mitchell and Ryan Vander Wagen

Dream Coney Island Pas de Deux in On the Town, Hopewell Area High School

Outstanding Dance Performance:

Hopewell Area High School, On the Town

Outstanding Costumes:

Hopewell Area High School, On the Town

Outstanding Technical Achievement:

Hopewell Area High School, On the Town

Outstanding Overall Performance:

Hopewell Area High School, On the Town

2009-2010 Spring Musical Cast

We are pleased to announce the cast of Hopewell High School’s  ”On the Town”, March 19th, 20th, 21st, 2010!

Gabey- Ryan Vanderwagen
Chip- Nick LaSota
Ozzie- Justin Jackovic
Judge Pitkin- Ian Besong
Hildy- Nicole DiPietro
Claire- Amy Kerlin
Ivy- Jade Mitchell
Madame Dilly- Rayna Ord
Mr. S Uperman- JJ Figas
Waldo Figment- Jonathan Hughes
Flossie- Kelsey Hudacsek
Subway Bill Poster- Stephen McDade
Diana Dream- Bethie Pierce
Dolores Dolores- Mackenzie Thomas
Lucy Schmeeler- Haley Trkulja
Featured Singers/Ensembles- Madisen Bobish, Madison Krah, Ty Richardson, Olivia Skal
Ensemble (various roles):
Taylor Belcastro
Justin Bellock
Kaitlyn Boff
Aaron Caplinger
Haley Grimm
Heather Grimm
Mary Jo Janicki
Vanessa Rohm
Amanda Swan

Tap Dancing Workshops

On Tuesday, September 29th, we will hold an informational meeting in the chorus room from 6-7PM on the Tap Dance workshops we will be hosting. All current and potential musical cast members and thier parents are encouraged to attend this meeting. Please tell all your friends/family that may be interested. Workshops are not mandatory, but are encouraged (and a ton of fun!) Currently all sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6PM. Additional details will be available at the workshop- or you can email/msg Annette or Miss Beley for more details. Thanks!