Pomperaug High School students were recognized at the 14th Annual Halo Awards on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 7 Angels Theatre in Waterbury. The Halo Awards, sponsored by 7 Angels Theatre, is a gala red carpet event that celebrates the best in Connecticut High School theatre. 64 schools from across the State of Connecticut participated in the event and numerous awards, including Best Actor and Actress in a Musical, Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Musical, Best Acting by an Ensemble Cast, Best Specialty Ensemble in a Musical, Best Student Choreographer, plus categories for lighting, design, stage management, and special effects were given.
The Pomperaug Theatre Company, the production department of the Pomperaug High School educational theatre program, had one award winner and eleven Halo nominations for their productions of The Addams Family-A Musical Comedy and Shakespeare on the Green.
Lauren S, a PHS junior, won the award for Best Performance by A Featured Actress in A Musical for her performance as Alice Beinecke in The Addams Family-A Musical Comedy.
In addition to Lauren’s nomination and award, the following students were nominated in the following respective categories:
- Best comic male performance in a musical by Dan K as Lurch in The Addams Family;
- Best scenic design and/or execution by Morgan R for The Addams Family;
- Best orchestra by Pomperaug High School for The Addams Family;
- Best incidental or original music in a play by Daniel K for Shakespeare on the Green;
- Best performance by a supporting actor in a musical by Jacob R as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family;
- Best performance by a supporting actress in a musical by Jaime Leo as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family;
- Best performance by a cast in an ensemble play or musical, Shakespeare on the Green; Best male standout performance in an ensemble play or musical, Conrad M in Shakespeare on the Green;
- Best performance by a leading actor in a contemporary musical, Conrad M as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family; and
- Best contemporary musical, Pomperaug High School: The Addams Family.
The Addams Family- A New Musical Comedy and Shakespeare on the Green were directed by Paul Doniger, English teacher and artistic director of the Pomperaug High School’s drama department for the past 12 years. Both shows were performed at Pomperaug High School during the 2016-17 school year.