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St. Margaret’s Upper School Students Win Prestigious Awards at the 2011 Orange County Cappies Gala

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At the formal Cappies gala held Sunday, June 5, St. Margaret’s students received honors and recognition for their performances in the arts and as student critics.

The event, held at the Grove in Anaheim, opened with a performance titled “The Lullaby of Broadway,” featuring St. Margaret’s seniors Doug Davis and Carlye Porrazzo, both nominated in Lead Role categories. Doug Davis was nominated as Lead Actor in a Play and for Lead Actor in a Musical. Carlye Porrazzo was nominated as Lead Actress in a Musical.

Also included in the evening’s program were two performances from St. Margaret’s two Upper School productions from the 2010-2011 school year. The fall drama production of Noel Coward’s farce, Blithe Spirit, was a Best Play nominee. As part of the gala, seniors Shannon Kelly and Doug Davis and juniors Tara Rose Cassano, Samantha Larsen and Melanie Arnold performed a scene from the play. Shannon Kelly was nominated for Comic Actress in a Play. Tara Rose Cassano was nominated for Supporting Actress in a Play. Samantha Larsen was nominated for Featured Actress in a Play.

St. Margaret’s spring musical based on Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, was a Best Musical nominee. Jane Eyre actors were also asked to perform a scene as part of the evening. Director Nathan Wheeler selected two songs to depict Jane’s inner struggle and journey towards love. The performance began with Jane meeting her best friend and mentor, Helen Burns, played by freshman Delanie Melbon, at an orphanage in her youth. Delanie Melbon was nominated as Featured Actress in a Musical. The song then blended into “Secret Soul,” with Rochester, played by Doug Davis and Jane, played by Carlye Porrazzo, revealing their deep feelings towards each other. Brett Nicholas and Emma Rice brought to life the characters’ emotions through dance.

To be a nominee in any category means that the Orange County Cappies Critic’s teams from 33 high schools deemed the nominee to be among the top five in the category. There were 61 productions that were considered.

The Cappies winners were announced at the Cappies gala. The St. Margaret’s Cappies winners included senior Blakely Collier who won Best Costumes for her work on Jane Eyre.

Shannon Kelly won Best Comic Actress in a Play for Blithe Spirit. To receive the trophy, Shannon was accompanied by Carlye Porrazzo who played the role of Madame Arcati in the alternate cast since the play was dual cast by Director Wheeler.

In the Cappies Critics categories, St. Margaret’s entire critics’ team was nominated. The critics’ team members are Emma Rice (lead critic), Aurahm Bayat, Blakely Collier, Najet Fazai, Meaghan Hurr, Tessa Hurr, Shannon Kelly, Katherine Schneider and Karly Thomas. Individuals from the team were also nominated based on the number of shows attended by the critic and the most publications of his or her reviews. Tessa Hurr won for Freshman Critic. Karly Thomas was nominated for Sophomore Critic. Najet Fazai won for Junior Critic.

Click here to read The Orange County Register article.

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