The Basie Awards are back on stage.
The annual awards ceremony, which recognizes the best in high school theater in Monmouth County, will return in person on Wednesday, May 25, to the Count Basie Center for the Arts, the venue announced Monday.
The awards have been handed out virtually for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now in its 17th edition, the Basies will honor productions that took place between October 2021 and April 17.
“One of the best nights of the year at the Basie Center is when we come together to celebrate high school productions in our area,” said Adam Philipson, President and CEO of Basie. “While our virtual ceremonies have done a great job, nothing showcases the hard work of schools, actors and administrators more than the live theater experience. Seeing these productions gives a semblance of normality and the elation is palpable as communities and students come together to honor their accomplishments.
The program, inspired by the Tony Awards, evaluates musical and dramatic productions in high schools in Monmouth County.
This year, 16 drama and 23 musical performances were evaluated by the Basie Awards nominating committee.
Performances are evaluated in more than 25 categories, ranging from acting and direction to set design and costumes, choreography, lighting and orchestra.
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The productions evaluated in this year’s program are:
- Christian Brethren Academy, Lincroft (“The Great Gatsby”)
- Collier High School, Marlboro (“The Importance of Being Earnest”)
- Colts Neck High School, Colts Neck (“Get out of body”)
- Communications High School, Wall (“Peter and the Starcatcher”)
- Freehold High School, Freehold (“The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon”)
- Manalapan High School, Manalapan (“Clue on Stage”)
- Marlboro High School, Marlboro (“Decision Height”)
- Matawan Regional High School, Matawan (“The Curious Savage”)
- Mater Dei Prep, Middletown (“Puffs”)
- Middletown North High School, Middletown (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”)
- Middletown South High School, Middletown (“Backward Story”)
- Monmouth Regional Secondary School, Tinton Falls (“12 Angry Jurors”)
- Raritan High School, Hazlet (“Noise Off”)
- Red Bank Regional High School, Red Bank (“A Streetcar Named Desire”)
- Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Rumson (“Legend of Sleepy Hollow”)
- Trinity Hall, Tinton Falls (“Puffs”)
- Christian Brethren Academy, Lincroft (“13 The Musical”)
- High School Necklace, Marlboro (“Mamma Mia”)
- Colts Neck High School, Colts Neck (“Bye Bye Birdie”)
- Freehold High School, Freehold (“Grease”)
- Freehold Township High School, Freehold (“Curtains”)
- Henry Hudson Regional School, Highlands (“Chicago: School Edition”)
- High Tech High School, Lincroft (“The Addams Family”)
- Holmdel High School, Holmdel (“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!”)
- Howell High School, Howell (“Young Frankenstein”)
- Keansburg High School, Keansburg (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”)
- Manalapan High School, Manalapan (“Grease”)
- Manasquan High School, Manasquan (“Grease: School Edition”)
- Marlboro High School, Marlboro (“Klaxon!”)
- Matawan Regional High School, Matawan (“A Bronx Tale”)
- Mater Dei Prep, Middletown (“Legally Blonde”)
- Middletown North High School, Middletown (“A Chorus Line”)
- Middletown South High School, Middletown (“Grease”)
- Monmouth Regional Secondary School, Tinton Falls (“Little Shop of Horrors”)
- Raritan High School, Hazlet (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”)
- Red Bank Catholic Secondary School, Red Bank (“The Little Mermaid”)
- Red Bank Regional High School, Red Bank (“Godspell”)
- Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Rumson (“Mamma Mia”)
- Saint John Vianney, Holmdel (“Freaky Friday”)
- Trinity Hall, Tinton Falls (“Twelfth Night: The Musical”)
Nominations will be announced at the end of April.
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“As excited as we are to return to a live show, we are equally impressed that our region’s high school acting community has remained so dedicated to their craft,” said Samantha Giustiniani, Senior Director of Education. at the Basis. “The arts have played an important role for students and families who have made their way over the past two years, and we hope this year’s Basie Awards celebrate and showcase that resilience like never before. »
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Tickets for the Basie Awards go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22 at theBASIE.org and at the Basie Center box office, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank.
For more information about the Basie Awards or other Count Basie Center educational and community programs, visit theBASIE.org or contact Jonathan Vena, Director of Marketing, at [email protected]
Ilana Keller is an award-winning journalist and lifelong New Jersey resident who loves Broadway and really bad puns. She shines a light on arts advocacy and education, theater fundraisers and more in her “Sightlines” column. Connect with us on Twitter: @ilanakeller; [email protected]