Albany High wins big at regional theater awards
ALBANY, N.Y. (May
21, 2018) -- The Albany High School Theatre Ensemble came out on
top May 19 at the High School Musical Theatre Awards, taking home four
wins out of six nominations.
Ensemble’s March production of “Hairspray” won best actress, best
technical execution and best choreography execution.
A total of 23 area schools
took part in the event, which is analogous to the Tony Awards but for
the high-school set.
Albany High junior Annabelle Duffy won best actress for her portrayal
feisty Tracy Turnblad. She will
New York City in June to participate in the Jimmy Awards, the national
stage in which high school performers across the nation will act and
In her acceptance, Duffy tearfully thanked her family and the
“Hairspray” cast, crew and orchestra. She gave a special shout out to
Theatre Ensemble Director Ward Dales, “Hairspray” Director Gregory
Theodore Marsh and theater arts teacher Noelle Gentile.
“You inspire me every day. You gave me the encouragement to believe I am
enough. And you gave me the criticism so I can stay grounded. I love you
guys,” Duffy said.
The show “Hairspray,” she said, celebrates our differences.
“I would like to dedicate this award to anyone who has been made to feel
‘less than’ because of your race, for your body, for anything you cannot
control, anything like that. You are beautiful, you are seen you are
appreciated, and I love you,” she said in her closing comments.
The annual High School
Musical Theatre Awards ceremony was coordinated by the School of the
Performing Arts at Proctors.
You can check out a
Times Union video of
the awards ceremony
The mission of the City School District of Albany
is to work in partnership with our diverse community to
engage every learner in a robust educational program designed to provide
the knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High