Cast Aside Productions Announces Winners Of Maine High School Musical Awards

Cast Aside Productions has announced the inaugural winners of the CAP Awards for Excellence in Maine's High School Musical Theater.

"I saw remarkable talent, drive, and focus from students this year," reported CAP Executive Director Celeste Green. "The future of musical theater in Maine is in great hands!"

Founded for the 2017/18 school year, the mission of the CAP Awards is to bring much needed recognition to the hard work being done in the field of Musical Theater at the school level in Maine.

Nominated productions were categorized in classes based on the shows' reported budgets, in an effort to account for some districts' limited arts funding. 5 Cast Aside Productions adjudicators visited the schools performances, independently evaluating the production and participants. The level of student involvement is heavily considered-especially in non-performative roles such as tech and design departments, with categories celebrating aspects such as Best Crew and Best Pit.

CAP Artistic Director David Surkin advocates for the celebration of these productions and their participants: "It's easy to underestimate a high school musical, and the very concept sounds like a punchline. The reality is: the shows being created in these schools can rival the quality of the most established theaters."

Cast Aside Productions is now accepting submissions for the 2018/19 CAP Awards. Visit castasideproductions.com for more details.

The 2017/18 CAP Award Winners are:

Best Musical
Class A: THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Casco Bay High School - Portland
Class AA: TITANIC - Brunswick High School - Brunswick
Class AAA: INTO THE WOODS - Noble High School - North Berwick

Best Actress (Lead)
Class A: Anna Power Rokowski - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Casco Bay High School - Portland
Class AA: Elizabeth Foster - THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - South Portland High School - South Portland
Class AAA: Hannah Therrien - INTO THE WOODS - Noble High School - North Berwick

Best Actor (Lead)
Class A: Charlie Rooks - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Casco Bay High School - Portland
Class AA: Ethan Boll - TITANIC - Brunswick High School - Brunswick
Class AAA: Griffin Gower - INTO THE WOODS - Noble High School - North Berwick

Best Actress (Supporting)
Class A: Grace Haynes - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Casco Bay High School - Portland
Class AA: Hannah Perrault - TITANIC - Brunswick High School - Brunswick
Class AAA: Madeline Aubin - INTO THE WOODS - Noble High School - North Berwick

Best Actor (Supporting)
Class A: Jonathan Rugema - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Casco Bay High School - Portland
Class AA: Stanley Kimball - THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - South Portland High School - South Portland
Class AAA: ***

Best Ensemble
Class A: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - Gorham High School - Gorham
Class AA: TITANIC - Brunswick High School - Brunswick
Class AAA: INTO THE WOODS - Noble High School - North Berwick

Best Crew:
Class A: THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Casco Bay High School - Portland
Class AA: TITANIC - Brunswick High School - Brunswick
Class AAA: INTO THE WOODS - Noble High School - North Berwick

Best Pit:
Class A: THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Casco Bay High School - Portland
Class AA: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - South Portland High School - South Portland
Class AAA: INTO THE WOODS - Noble High School - North Berwick

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