Theatre 308 Nominated for 22 Awards in Two Statewide Drama Competitions

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Darien High School’s Theatre 308 has been recognized in not one, but two state-wide theater awards programs.

For the second year in a row, both of the Theatre 2018 mainstage productions have received nominations for The Halo Awards, which honor high school student achievements in dramatic and musical theatre from over 60 high schools in Connecticut.

— an announcement from Theatre 2018

In addition, this year’s musical was entered in the first ever Stephen Sondheim Awards, the gateway production into the National High School Musical Theater Awards show, also known as the Jimmy Awards. Theatre 308 had numerous nominations for both the Halos and the Sondheim awards.

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Theatre 308 students at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury

Halo Awards

For the Halos, Theatre 308 received the following nominations for both the spring musical Footloose and the fall drama Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play:


-Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Contemporary Musical – Lexi Staubi as Ariel Moore

-Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical – Grady Allen as Willard

-Best Featured Dancer – Jackson Wood

-Best Sound Design and Execution – Kasey Mazzone & Nick Giotis

-Best Scenic Design and Execution – Justin Mossa

-Best Stage Management – James Cherico (PSM), Anan Durango (SM), Skyler Bennett (ASM)

-Best Original Program Cover Design or Artwork – Jack Ryan O’Keeffe

-Best Chorus

-Best Contemporary Musical


-Best Male Standout Performance in an Ensemble Play or Musical: Grady Allen as Gibson/Burns

-Best Costume Design – Meaghan Dempsey, Audrey Hagen, Natalie Christopher & Mackenzie Lauture

-Best Special Effects – Audrey Hagen

-Best Performance by a Cast in an Ensemble Play or Musical

-Fearless Award

-Best Contemporary Play

Sondheim Awards

For the Sondheim Awards Theatre 308 received the following nominations for the production of Footloose:


-Best Musical

-Best Direction – Tim Sorensen

-Best Actor – Grady Allen

-Best Actress – Lexi Staubi

-Best Choreography – Emily Frangipane

-Best Costume Design – Sophie Howard

-Best Scenic Design – Justin Mossa

Theatre 308 students will be performing at both award ceremonies. At the Halo Awards, students will perform the opening number of Footloose. At the Sondheim Awards, Theatre 308’s own Kailey Anderson, Grady Allen, Lexi Staubi, and Nicholas Servas will be performing with many other students from throughout the state.

The Halo Awards are at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, and the Sondheim Awards are at 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 4, at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven.

Theatre 308 is extremely proud of its nominees and can not wait to participate in these extraordinary events.

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