For the first time since participating in the DayTony awards, two CJ students were recognized with the Award for Excellence and a CJ ensemble was recognized with an Award for Merit.
"With the DayTony Awards, every role is technically nominated and then the average score is calculated," explained drama and choir teacher Caitlin Bennett. "The directors decide on an average score to cut off for merit and excellence awards and then those are the students and adults who receive awards."
This year's award recipients from CJ were:
- Angelo Knight - Award for Merit in a Supporting Role in a Play as The Drummer in After Juliet;
- Emily Thie - Award for Merit in a Leading Role in a Play as Valentine in After Juliet;
- Emily Thie - Award for Excellence in a Supporting Role in a Musical as Rusty in Footloose;
- Sean Stewart - Award for Excellence in a Leading Role in a Musical as Ren in Footloose; and,
- Cast of Footloose - Award for Merit for Ensemble in a Musical.
This was Knight's and Stewart's second DayTony award and fifth DayTony award for Thie.
"It is important to note that the DayTony's give the opportunity to celebrate achievements that wouldn't necessarily be celebrated outside of our community," Bennett said. "The recognition is certainly a nod to a job well done.
"I think that what is important about the DayTony's is not just that we are recognized, but that our students have the opportunity to experience and celebrate other high school theatre," Bennett continued. "Throughout the year, our students are attending and screening other productions and using their theatre knowledge to assess what they see. The educational experience of paying attention to aspects of the production is not just about what is good and what is bad, but how it affects the production and how it helps to tell the story of these characters."
CJ has been a part of the DayTony Awards for three years.
Posted June 6, 2016