C-S Drama Club lands 4 awards

Bob Recotta

Cast members of Campbell-Savona’s production of “Cinderella” were honored by the Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Stars of Tomorrow program.

According to Ann Freeland, adviser for the Campbell-Savona drama club, the cast won awards for outstanding acting ensemble, outstanding dance ensemble and outstanding musical production.

Katherine Baas also won outstanding supporting actress in her role as the Queen.

“It was a lot of hard work, but it really paid off in the end,” Baas said. “We had a lot of fun and we really bonded together as a group.” said this is the fourth year Campbell-Savona has had its theatrical production judged for the Stars of Tomorrow program.

The school has won awards for its production of “Grease.”

“I think it’s helped us improve our performance,” Freeland said. “The first year they focused on little things we could do to tweak our show and make it better, and then as we’ve improved, they judge people a little bit harder and force you to take a look at things you may not be paying attention to when you’re starting off in the beginning.h

Freeland said the shows are judged on dance, singing, acting and stage crew. A different judge attends each of the show’s three performances.

A total of 41 schools participated in this year’s competition, including 11 in Campbell-Savona’s division.

Campbell-Savona’s wins are even more impressive considering that many of the cast members had little or no stage experience prior to “Cinderella”.

Freeland said the drama club lost 14 seniors to graduation last year.

“We knew that we had a lot of potential,” said Elizabeth Parker, a junior who played Cinderella. “We knew that we could have an amazing performance, but all the awards we got was pretty surprising.”

One of the hallmarks of a Campbell-Savona play is elaborate stage productions. For “Singing in the Rain,” the set crew found a way to make it rain on stage.

They’ve got even bigger things planned for next year’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

“We did do “High School Musical II” as a fundraiser for “The Wizard of Oz” because we want to fly,” Freeland said.