(Millburn, NJ--May 18, 2013) The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Stars Awards signify excellence in high school musical productions, and this year, Hoboken resident Genevieve Harari has won the 2013 Scaramouche Technical Theater Award for her talented involvement in High Tech Musical Theater's recent production of “Avenue Q,” announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Director of High Tech.
A special honor presented to a single high school student in the entire state, the Scaramouche Technical Theater Award earns its recipient a coveted $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by Scaramouche Costumes, LLC, of Chester. In addition to this award, a group of 70 evaluators for the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Stars Awards only bestows four scholarships out of hundreds of applicants.
“Genna has given her service to all Musical Theater productions during the last four years and many other performing arts department productions,” proclaims Alex Perez, veteran High Tech Musical Theater Director. “This is just a wonderful way to end the school year.”
Harari will attend the Savannah College of Art and Design to pursue Theatre Production.
Winner of the Tony® for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, “Avenue Q “ tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby Manhattan apartment out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (a Republican), Trekkie (internet “sexpert”), Lucy the Slut, and other colorful types who help Princeton discover his purpose in life.
A statewide competition established in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards encourage and reward exceptional achievements in the production of high school musical theatre. Awards honor outstanding accomplishments by students and educators in the areas of performance, design, direction, choreography, technical production, and overall production excellence.
The Rising Star Award Corps of Evaluators (theater professionals, performers, designers, and educators) views 100 student productions from across the state. Each student receives four evaluations. At the Tony® Awards-style Rising Star Awards Gala Ceremony, award-winners receive an engraved crystal award, courtesy of sponsor Tiffany & Co. Paper Mill Playhouse also awards four $1000 cash scholarships to outstanding individual students who continue to study theater in college.
The Rising Stars Awards ceremony will take place on June 5th at Paper Mill Playhouse.
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