Local thespians recognized as ‘Stars’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 May 2013 at 12:00 am

Albion, Lyndonville and Medina students all honored

Photo by Tom Rivers – Albion High School students earned an outstanding dance ensemble award from the Rochester Broadway Theatre League in Albion’s performance of Beauty and the Beast.

ROCHESTER – The Albion and Lyndonville drama departments took home many honors Thursday night for singing, dancing and acting in the annual “Stars of Tomorrow” program through the Rochester Broadway Theatre League.

Both school districts won numerous awards with Mary Martin of Albion picked of one four outstanding lead actress honors among Division B schools. Martin is a repeat winner in the category. She played Belle in Albion’s production of Beauty and the Beast.

She will now compete in RBTL’s scholarship competition May 23 that features 32 outstanding leads in a nine-county area.

Photo by Tom Rivers – Mary Martin, an Albion High School senior who played Belle in Beauty and the Beast, was named an outstanding female lead by the Rochester Broadway Theater League.

Albion also won an award for outstanding dance ensemble. Several students also won “Tip of the Hat” recognition from program judges. A trio of performers – Faith Bentley, Madelaine Fournier and Alyssa Lawrence – were recognized for their performance as “Silly Girls.”

Joyce LaLonde won a “Tip of the Hat” award for “Babette,” while Kendra Morrison was recognized for her efforts as  “Madame De La Grande Bouche.” Another Albion student, Maria Ostafew, was honored for “The Rose.”

Lyndonville had a big night. The district also competes in the B Division and has included Medina students the past two years. They performed Anything Goes.

Courtesy of Lyndonville Central School – Tom Follman, who played Moonface Martin in Lyndonville’s production of Anything Goes, was awarded best supporting actor in the “Stars of Tomorrow” program.

Lyndonville’s Tom Follman was awarded best supporting actor for his role as Moonface Martin. Joy Follman, who portrayed Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt, received special recognition and Tip of the Hat awards.

The production also received outstanding singing ensemble and outstanding pit orchestra awards.

Medina students Madison Holland, Joe Mangiola and Regan Stacey were recognized for their roles in Anything Goes. Stacey was named best supporting actress and received a Tip of the Hat award for her work as the production choreographer. Mangiola was given a Tip of the Hat award, and Holland was named a Rising Star after a nomination from musical director Jennifer Trupo.