NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain High School Music Department was honored with two awards last week for its March production of “Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid.’ ”
Senior Jasmine Colapietro took home both of the school’s awards at the Seven Angels Theatre’s annual Halo Awards, a ceremony that honors outstanding work in high school theater from around the state.
The senior received a special recognition “Above and Beyond” Halo for her work as assistant director and the other for Best Costume Design/Execution for her work managing the costume rental and designing additional costume pieces and accessories for the production and preview performances around the city.
“I wasn’t even expecting to be nominated. So when I was, that was pretty exciting,” Colapietro told The Herald.
As an assistant director for the production, Colapietro had to do a variety of things, including giving actors spots on stage, making banners and posters and generally organizing the production.
The senior said costume design was stressful at times, especially when costumes were delivered the week of the show in March. Still, it was an enjoyable task for Colapietro.
“Costuming is one of my favorite things to do here,” Colapietro said.
Jason Ferrandino, director of the school’s production, said the Music Department has received at least one Halo Award every year it’s participated in the ceremony.
The five nominations it received this year tied a record, he said.
“It’s nice to get some recognition for the hard work these students did,” Ferrandino told The Herald.
The high school’s production was nominated for other awards on the night, too. Colapietro also received a Best Actress nomination for her on-stage role as Ariel and Robert Breau was also nominated for Best Actor in a Comedic Role for his performance as Scuttle. Additionally, Celeste Gigliotti was nominated as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Ursula the Sea Witch. The stage crew was nominated as Best Running Crew for its backstage work.
Ferrandino said the Music Department recently announced the next production in its award-winning musical series: “The Addams Family.”
“It’s the 13th year since we brought the musical program back, so we thought we’d do something a little spooky,” Ferrandino said with a laugh.
For those already anticipating that performance, next year’s production will be staged on March 23 and 24.
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