Mrs. Shields is very excited to announce that our 2016 production of Ondine, by Jean Giraudoux, has brought home one Foxy award this year. Our production has received nominations for Outstanding Achievement for an Acting Ensemble of a Classic Play, and three Outstanding Performance Nominations for Senior Adam Hassan (Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Classic Play), recent graduate Alexia Velazquez (Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Classic Play), recent graduate Jose Lupianez (Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Classic Play).
During the Award ceremony during the Theatre Night Awards on May 15th, 2017 at Montclair State University, we found out the results of the competition. Alexia Velazquez won the Foxy Award for Outstanding performance by a Lead Actress in a Classic Play. Alumnus Ryan Wares, received the award for her, as she was rehearsing at New York Film Academy, the school she is currently attending for her end of the year showcase.
This program has been established in 2009 by Montclair State University Theatre and Dance Department professor Susan Kerner and Mahwah High School teacher JoAnne Fox. They conceived the event to provide a balance for the popularity of the high school musical and its celebration at well-established awards ceremonies in New Jersey and the region.
This competition is open to all secondary schools in the state of NJ, and only to straight play production. The event is a positive educationally based community building experience. Students are able to share their work with other students and to be recognized outside their own high schools. This outside recognition has direct benefits for students and teachers in districts throughout the state.