The award-winning New Canaan High School theater program just added more credence to its reputation.
On a five-day trip to the Musical Theatre Competitions of America in Anaheim, Calif., the NCHS group came back with a trunk full of trophies. Alongside students from many states, 39 NCHS students in the drama program participated in a large variety of competitive categories.
New Canaan High School Principal, Bryan Luizzi said, "It is a testament to everyone's hard work and dedication. I continue to be incredibly impressed by our program and everyone in it."
The competition was conducted partly at the facilities of Fullerton College, and workshops and an awards ceremony took place at nearby Disneyland. In an action-packed weekend with a full schedule, the students came home with the following awards:
Musical Revue Category
Second Place for the "George M. Cohan" Revue
Triple Threat Award: Daniel Klingenstein
Outstanding Female Vocalist: Christy Coco
Outstanding Female Dancer: Anna Oxman
High School Advanced Ensemble Category
Second Place for the "Chicago" Revue
Outstanding Female Vocalist: Eliza Ranieri
Outstanding Female Dancer: Sara Gessinger
Ninth Grade Division
First Place Soloist: Jen Daly
Second Place Soloist: Peter Thunem
Third Place Duet: Berlin Charles and Jacob Freedgood
10th Grade Division
First Place Soloist: Nancy Leville
First Place Duet: Liz Koennecke and Anna Oxman
11th Grade Division
First Place Soloist: Rachel Guth
Fourth Place Soloist: Daniel Klingenstein
12th Grade Division
Fourth Place Soloist: Cami Allsteadt
First Place: Delaney Davidson
Second Place: Rachael Mathis
The following students were selected from NCHS to participate with students from other schools in a special "Footloose" production number: Rachel Guth, vocal soloist; Berlin Charles; Liz Koennecke; Anna Oxman; and Ryan Prindle.