Middletown North Receives Numerous Count Basie Award Nominations


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Jordyn Javaruski, Contributor

On April 27, 2022, the nominations for the Count Basie Awards were announced. Middletown High School North’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Chorus Line were up for multiple nominations. North received 12 total nominations, the 5th highest amount out of 22 schools. The nominations North received were as follows:


A Midsummer Night’s Dream:


  • Featured Ensemble Members: The Fairies (Alana Santiago, Jessica Heitmann, Daniella DeDonno, Vivian Oliver, and Takoda Morgan)


  • Best Lead Actor: Samuel Cusson


A Chorus Line:

  • Outstanding Musical Production


  • Outstanding Choreography: Mrs. Tara Mahoney


  • Outstanding Music Direction: Mr. Peter Isherwood


  • Outstanding Student/Adult Orchestra:  Mr. David Buckle Jr.


  • Outstanding Direction:  Ms. Amanda Faria


  • Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Heitmann


  • Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Stefanski 


  • Best Lead Actor: Samuel Cusson


  • Best Lead Actress: Ava Giglia

  • Best Chorus

The cast and crew of both A Chorus Line and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are ecstatic over the nomination. The winners will be revealed on May 25, 2022 at the Count Basie Awards Ceremony. The cast of A Chorus Line will also be performing at this event since they were nominated for Outstanding Musical Production. Tickets are available on the Count Basie website. Come out and support the Middletown North Drama Department!