The 2018 Minty Award Nominations Announced Honoring Excellence in Staten Island High School Musical Theatre
The Minty Organization, the non-profit company which oversees The Minty Awards, is gearing for its biggest ceremony of the year, The Eighth Annual Minty Awards, set for Sunday, June 3 at 7pm at the historic St. George Theatre (35 Hyatt Street).
A full list of this year's nominees is available at www.mintys.org.
The 2018 Minty Award Nominations
Outstanding Production Number
"Do-Re-Mi" The Sound of Music - St. Joseph Hill Academy
"The Gods Love Nubia" Aida - St. John Villa Academy
"Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO" Damn Yankees - St. Peter's Boys High School
"Toledo Surprise" The Drowsy Chaperone - Moore Catholic High School
"Under the Sea" Disney's The Little Mermaid" - St. Joseph By-The-Sea High School
"With Cat-Like Tread" The Pirates of Penzance - Msgr. Farrell High School
"Xanadu" Xanadu - Notre Dame Academy
Outstanding Featured Dancer
Ashley Abbruzzese, Xanadu
Alyssa Cobb & Bethany Griffin, Aida
Gianna Callegari, Kayla Cariffe, Christie Chahwan, Colleen Farley, Jenna Saldi, Nicole Sutherland as "The Police" in The Pirates of Penzance
Outstanding Featured Actor
Alan Benfante as "George" in The Drowsy Chaperone
Matthew Cannizzaro as "Zoser" in Aida
Dan Fusaro as "Zeus" in Xanadu
Christopher Kelly as "Smokey" in Damn Yankees
Timothy Mayrose as "Rolf Gruber" in The Sound of Music
Andrew Valentino as "Underling" in The Drowsy Chaperone
James Venditto as "Feldzeig" in The Drowsy Chaperone
Outstanding Featured Actress
Lauren Cochran as "Gloria Thorpe" in Damn Yankees
Lucy Ermilio, Luanne Forlano, Layla Rispoli as "Nehebka" in Aida
Jillian Jackman as "Mrs. Tottendale" in The Drowsy Chaperone
Brooke McKeon as "Kitty" in The Drowsy Chaperone
Danielle Carucci as "Scuttle" in Disney's The Little Mermaid
Gianna Nepola as "The Sergeant" in The Pirates of Penzance
Olivia Vota as "Liesl" in The Sound of Music
Outstanding Supporting Actor
Edward Camuzo as "Robert Martin" in The Drowsy Chaperone
John Giarrusso as "Major General Stanley" in The Pirates of Penzance
Nicholas Lazaro as "Adolpho" in The Drowsy Chaperone
Jesse Martinelli as "Danny Maguire" in Xanadu
Tyler Kelly & Julian Gotiangco as"King Triton" in Disney's The Little Mermaid
Robert Kevorkian as "Van Buren" in Damn Yankees
Santino Arias & Andrew Busso as "Sebastian" in Disney's The Little Mermaid
Outstanding Supporting Actress
Rosalia Cioffi as "Baroness Elsa Schraeder" in The Sound of Music
Lauren Cochran as "Amneris" in Aida
Emma DeCarlo & Alexa Riccardi as "Ursula" in Disney's The Little Mermaid
Ginny Geiser as "Melpomene" in Xanadu
Julia LoCascio as "Mother Abbess" in The Sound of Music
Gianna Nepola as "Calliope" in Xanadu
Emily Woods as "The Chaperone" in The Drowsy Chaperone
Outstanding Leading Actor
Jason Daloul, Miguel Delgado, Dylan Twomley as "Prince Eric" in Disney's The Little Mermaid
Daniel Fusaro as "Radames" in Aida
Kenny Harvey as "The Pirate King" in The Pirates of Penzance
James Langan as "Joe Boyd/Joe Hardy" in Damn Yankees
Jesse Martinelli as "Frederic" in The Pirates of Penzance
Shawn Malone as "Man in Chair" in The Drowsy Chaperone
Joseph Reitano as "Mr. Applegate" in Damn Yankees
Outstanding Leading Actress
Marissa Ackerman & Elissa Rizzo as "Ariel" in Disney's The Little Mermaid
Francesca Compagno as "Janet van DeGraff" in The Drowsy Chaperone
Julia LoCascio as "Mabel" in The Pirates of Penzance
Amanda Lupo as "Aida" in Aida
Kayla McBratney as "Kira/Clio" in Xanadu
Samantha Palazzo as "Lola" in Damn Yankees
Darragh Whalen as "Maria Ranier" in The Sound of Music
The St. Genesius Award for Outstanding Musical
Aida, St. John Villa Academy
Damn Yankees, St. Peter's Boys High School
The Drowsy Chaperone, Moore Catholic High School
Disney's The Little Mermaid, St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School
The Pirates of Penzance, Msgr. Farrell High School
The Sound of Music, St. Joseph Hill Academy
Xanadu, Notre Dame Academy
"?I say it every year, but the two weeks leading up to the night of the Minty's are always the most exciting - getting to work with our talented casts is such a rewarding experience year after year," said Michael J. Pinto, Sea '06, who serves as Executive Director of The Minty Organization, and co-host of the ceremony. "The friendships that are formed last long after the curtain has come down, and I am always overjoyed at the marvelous sense of family and community we see each year."
Tickets to The 2018 Minty Awards Ceremony are $20 and can be purchased by calling The St. George Box Office at 718-442-2900. Students and school staff are to order tickets through their school director.
Co-sponsors of the 2018 Minty Awards are Ben-Jo General Trucking, J. Cioffi Trucking, Senator Andrew J. Lanza, Jimmy Max and Wagner College.
Last year's ceremony was attended by over 1200 people and saw Notre Dame Academy's cast of Jesus Christ Superstar capture The St. Genesius Award for Outstanding Musical.
The schools and students will be competing in 13 categories including the evening's coveted award, The St. Genesius Award for Outstanding Musical. The school that wins the St. Genesius Award also receives $5,000 to the school's Performing Arts program and the remaining schools will each be receiving $1,000.
A student from each school will also receive The Theatre Player of the Year Award. Each school was asked to select one student who exemplified the spirit of that school's theatre department. Each school's recipient will be presented with a special award the night of the ceremony.
Each school's cast will also be performing in a specially commissioned opening number medley, as well as a 7-minute performance from their show.
Returning as Pinto's co-host for this year's ceremony will be Jessica Caracciolo, SJVA '10. "?It's been such a pleasure to see how this organization has grown over the past 8 years. Michael has done an amazing job making strong connections with all walks of life in the ?Staten Island community to ensure the success of the Minty's," stated Caracciolo.? ??"??The Minty's has transformed from an organization into to a family, and I'm so grateful to be a part of it."
Assisting in handing out the envelopes will be a cavalcade of previous Minty Awards winners and nominees who are all returning for this Eighth Year Ceremony, as well as graduates from all the participating schools who were active members of the theatre programs during high school, including some who have gone on to careers on Broadway.
Individuals who wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to The Minty Organization are asked to visit www.mintys.org.
The Mission of The Minty Organization for the Performing Arts:
"We hope to start a tradition which honors the sacrifice and dedication of Catholic High School students in dramatic arts programs. The Minty Awards aims to promote these programs, performers, and all who support them. We believe that these students and their schools provide excellent examples of self-discipline, teamwork, and faith, and we should celebrate their efforts and achievements." www.Mintys.org