Foxy Award Nominations for the Cast of Summer and Smoke
Mrs. Shields is very excited to announce that our 2017 production of Summer and Smoke, by Tennessee Williams, has earned the cast two Foxy award nominations this year. Our production has received nominations for Outstanding Performance for recent graduate Adam Hassan (Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama), and recent graduate Kailyn Segovia-Vazquez (Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Drama), for their roles of John and Alma, respectively.
The cast attended the Award ceremony during the Theatre Night Awards on May 14th, 2018 at Montclair State University, which was an incredibly memorable event, attended by high schools from across the entire state, which were nominated from the initial 70 or more participating high schools.
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 productions. 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.