Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, June 21, 2018


BRISTOL – St. Paul Performing Arts garnered eight awards, including the top prize, at the Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards recently.

The high school’s performing arts department has won more than 30 prestigious awards in the last six years and is the only high school to have won “Best Musical” nominations every year since the inception of the awards.

Jill Caillouette won “Outstanding Actress in a Musical” for a second year in a row. She also has competed nationally at the Minskoff Theater in New York City with some of America’s top students for the second year in a row.

Caleigh Lozito won “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical,” and Marisa Mastrio, Annie Karner, Olivia Kilbourne, Caroline Cianci, Chiara Giampietro and Amy Urso all won for “Outstanding Featured Ensemble.”

St. Paul’s entire cast won “Outstanding Production of the Year,” the highest honor of the night. Director Mark Mazzarella won as “Best Director” for the second time in four years and also took the “Outstanding Graphic Design” award.

Joanne Nyerick and Pat O’Hagan won the Ort Pengue Award for Outstanding Costume Design. “Outstanding Musical Direction” went to St. Paul’s musical director Emmett Drake.

The awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theater by high school students and their teachers.

Mr. Mazzarella said he is “extremely proud” of the performing arts cast and crew and of the dozens of awards and accolades they have earned statewide and nationally.

“But what makes me even more proud than winning these awards is how these students work together and make great theater for their school and surrounding communities with all their heart and passion. As I tell my students, we are not obligated to win; we’re obligated to keep trying and to be the best we can be,” he said.

A team of Connecticut-based theater professionals evaluated participating high schools’ productions during the 2013-14 school year. Winners wiere announced  at a Tony Awards-style ceremony at the Palace Theater in Waterbury.

The event highlighted musical numbers from the nominated shows and celebrated the winning performers, directors, choreographers, orchestras and designers.

St. Paul Performing Arts students performed scenes from “A Little Princess.”