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Saratoga Springs, South Glens Falls thespians win top High School Musical Theater Awards honors

SCHENECTADY – For the first time since 2019, the High School Musical Theater Awards was hosted to a robust crowd Saturday night at Proctors in Schenectady.

Those attending cheered on the Capital Region students on the stage and those who worked behind the scenes on the 17 shows included with this year’s awards ceremony.

From the stage, many of the award winners in 11 categories spoke about the hardships of creating live theater amid COVID. One student said that “after two years of COVID and quarantine life we ​​have the opportunity to rock the stage in person once again.” Another, from Saratoga Springs High School’s cast of “Into the Woods,” poignantly noted the cast was smaller because of the virus, but “it made us more tight-knit.”

“We do this to celebrate young people and their excellence,” said Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors Collaborative, to open the show. “We do this to celebrate teachers and how they find the resources, often scraping, to make these opportunities available to young people.”

Awards ranged from set construction (Colonie High School’s production of “Shrek the Musical”) to Best Ensemble (Saratoga Spring’s “Into the Woods”).


The nine schools nominated for Best Musical award – three schools across three tiers according to the size of the productions – showcased their shows with a single number.

For many, the night was a public celebration of months of work. For the Best Actor and Best Actress winners, their High School Musical Theater Award journey continues: Spencer Boyce, who played the Baker in Saratoga Springs’ “Into the Woods,” and Heather Hayes, who portrayed Mrs. Wormwood from “Matilda” at South Glens Falls High School, will go on to New York City to perform at the Jimmy Awards, a national version of Saturday night’s events, gathering talented students from across the country.

Boyce collapsed, in jest, at the podium, not preparing any remarks. He thanked his parents, who have two kids in the arts: “They never questioned us for a second.”

Through tears, Hayes thanked everyone from her cast and crew, her directors and choreographers, and even her dog Gemma.

“I just want to remind everyone here to be kind to one another,” she said.

2022 winners

Best Technical Execution

  • Winner: Scotia-Glenville High School, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
  • Colonie High School, “Shrek the Musical”
  • Glens Falls High School, “Honk!”
  • Hudson Falls High School, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
  • South Glens Falls High School, “Matilda”

Best Set Construction

  • Winner: Colonie High School, “Shrek the Musical”
  • Catskill High School, “Disney’s Tarzan”
  • Shenendehowa High School, “Mamma Mia!”
  • Troy High School, “Disney’s Beauty & the Beast”
  • Voorheesville High School, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Best Choreography Execution

  • Winner: South Glens Falls High School, “Matilda”
  • Colonie High School, “Shrek the Musical”
  • Glens Falls High School, “Honk!”
  • Saratoga Springs High School, “Into the Woods”
  • Scotia-Glenville High School, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

Best Ensemble

  • Winner: Saratoga Springs High School, “Into the Woods”
  • Glens Falls High School, “Honk!”
  • Mohonasen High School, “Disney’s Beauty & the Beast”
  • Scotia-Glenville High School, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
  • South Glens Falls High School, “Matilda”

Best Supporting Actor

  • Winner: Daniel Cormie as The Escapologist / Bruce, “Matilda” South Glens Falls High School
  • Roan Butterfield as Professor Bhaer, “Little Women,” Columbia High School
  • Jack Adams as Drake, “Honk !,” Glens Falls High School
  • Caleb Pacelli as Lefou, “Disney’s Beauty & the Beast,” Mohonasen High School
  • Andrew Bellotti as Sebastian, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Scotia-Glenville High School

Best Supporting Actress

  • Winner: Josie Diodato as Sugar Plum Fairy / Gingy, “Shrek the Musical,” Colonie High School
  • Schuyler Quartiers as Queenie / Dot, “Honk !,” Glens Falls High School
  • Ella McFarland as Babette, “Disney’s Beauty & the Beast,” Mohonasen High School
  • Sadie Kogh as Madame, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Scotia-Glenville High School
  • Jane Boston as The Wicked Witch of the West, “The Wizard of Oz,” Warrensburg Junior-Senior High School

Best Actor

  • Winner: Spencer Boyce as Baker, “Into the Woods,” Saratoga Springs High School
  • Aidan Halsey as Laurie Laurence, “Little Women,” Columbia High School
  • Ryan Dieffenbach as Ugly, “Honk !,” Glens Falls High School
  • Ethan Crowley as Wolf / Cinderella’s Prince, “Into the Woods,” Saratoga Springs High School
  • Makai McClinton as Topher, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Scotia-Glenville High School

Best Actress

  • Winner: Heather Hayes, Mrs. Wormwood, “Matilda,” South Glens Falls High School
  • Briar Magee as Ariel, “The Little Mermaid,” Queensbury High School
  • Maria Sablich as Cinderella, “Into the Woods,” Saratoga Springs High School
  • Emma Herron as Ella, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Scotia-Glenville High School
  • Ashley Manocchi as Marie, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Scotia-Glenville High School

Best Musical, Tier A

  • Winner: Saratoga Springs High School, “Into the Woods”
  • Mohonasen High School, “Disney’s Beauty & the Beast”
  • Shenendehowa High School, “Mamma Mia!”

Best Musical, Tier B.

  • Winner: Glens Falls High School, “Honk!”
  • Catskill High School, “Disney’s Tarzan”
  • Scotia-Glenville High School; “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

Best Musical, Tier C

  • Winner: South Glens Falls High School, “Matilda”
  • Colonie High School, “Shrek the Musical”
  • Voorheesville High School, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

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