Everybody Loves a Winner
Impressive wins for Ridgefield High school at the Seven Angels Theater Halo Awards.
Casey Wishna and Sarah Thorn, with the awards for best actor and best actress.
Photos by David Gomez
Ridgefield High School’s production of the musical Cabaret won big in the 13th annual Seven Angels Theater Halo Awards. These awards celebrate the best in Connecticut high school theater, with over 64 high schools participating.
Judges attended performances of each show, then nominated the best in a variety of award categories. These categories include everything from best comic actor to best lighting to best orchestra.
Ridgefield High School received twenty nominations, and won three awards total. Junior Casey Wishna won best performance by a leading actor in a classical musical for his role as the Emcee, Junior Sarah Thorn won best performance by a leading actress in a classical musical for her role as Sally Bowles, and finally the entire production of Cabaret won best classical musical overall.
This is an impressive win, especially considering this is the first time in over 30 years that the Ridgefield High School musical was not directed by Joyce Flanagan, who retired last year after countless Halo award wins. It is impressive that Co-Directors Sherry Cox and David Gomez were able to direct an award-winning production on their first attempt. They’ve demonstrated they have what it takes to fill Ms. Flanagan’s legacy.
Photo left: (Starting top left) Rachel Cooper, Rico Froelich, Tyler Carey, Kennedy Cutter, Olivia Basile, Annabel Briody, Casey Wishna, Ian Locasio, Michael Shofi, Claire Mcglochlin, Phoebe Jones; Front row left to right: Amy Stoogenke, Julia Dilauro, Sarah Klotz, Emily Parker, Sarah Ford.