News in Cortland NY

CRT Announces the Winners for "The Pavilion Awards"

The winners for the sixth annual Cortland Repertory Theatre “Pavilion Awards” were announced on Sunday, June 1, at the National Historic Little York Pavilion, home to CRT. The awards, sponsored by First Niagara Bank, recognize outstanding achievement in local high school theatre during the 2007-08 school year.

Trophies were presented to the winners in a ceremony hosted by Producing Artistic Director Kerby Thompson and Assistant Director Jim Bumgardner. Presenters included members of CRT’s Performing Intern program – Kyle Hines, Jefferson McDonald, Myles McHale, Michael Morlani, Mark Reeve, and Parker Pogue.

The cast of CRT’s first production “8 Track, The Sounds of the 70’s” also presented the Best Ensemble awards, and performed musical numbers from the show which opens on Wednesday, June 4. Daniel Hess, the director and choreographer of “8 Track”, presented the “Best Student Written One Act” award, and Scenic Designer Sarah Martin presented the award for Technical Achievement. Each of the six nominated high schools that produced musicals - Cortland, Dryden, Groton, Homer, McGraw and Tully - performed a musical number from their production.

First Niagara Bank representative Sandy Sampson spoke on behalf of the corporate sponsor, acknowledging the work that the students and teachers accomplished over the year and offered words of encouragement to keep the arts alive in the school system. Following the ceremony, the CRT Board and Guild hosted a reception for all in attendance.

The recipients of the awards are as followings:

Best Musical: (tie) On The Town (Dryden) and Pirates of Penzance (Homer)

Best Play: Rumors (Cortland)

Musical Ensemble: Pirates of Penzance (Homer)

Play Ensemble: Rumors (Cortland)

Lead Actor in a Musical: (tie) Christopher Competillo (Groton) and Tim Fuchs (Dryden)

Lead Actor in a Play: David Lata (Cortland)

Lead Actress in a Musical: Aisling Halpin (Cortland)

Lead Actress in a Play: Bethany Harris (Tully)

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Jason Mulligan (Homer)

Supporting Actor in a Play: (tie) Matt Herbert (Cortland) and Christopher Berkley-Hitt (Homer)

Supporting Actress in a Musical: (tie) Kayla Lyon (Groton) and Emily Hopkins (Homer)

Supporting Actress in a Play: Cassidy Barry (Homer)

Featured Actor in a Musical: John Ochs (Homer)

Featured Actor in a Play: Kevin Whitlock (Homer)

Featured Actress in a Musical: (tie) Lydia Allen (Cortland) and Shelby Warmbrodt (Groton)

Featured Actress in a Play: (tie) Demmarie Boreland (Cortland) and Elisabeth Wethje (Homer)

Technical Achievement: Stephen Johnson (Dryden)

Student Written One-Act Play: “Greed, Love and a Funeral” by Demmarie Boreland (Cortland)

CRT Scholarships: Aisling Halpin (Cortland), Sayla Lyon (Groton) and Katherine Niver (McGraw)

“Most Valuable Player” Awards (voted by the students, a winner from each production):

Cortland: David Lata (One Act Play Festival), Kyle Tomlinson, (Meet Me in St. Louis), David Lata (Rumors); Dryden: Sebastian Bouchard (On the Town); Groton: Alex Benson (Fiddler on the Roof);

Homer: Jason Mulligan (Pirates of Penzance), Alyssa Hirlemann (Taming of the Shrew); McGraw: Katherine Niver (Once Upon a Mattress);Tully: Caitlin Bailey (Seussical), Bethany Harris(Arsenic and Old Lace)