2016 Festival Details
Teens Recognized for Theatrical Accomplishments at Michael Harms Theater Festival
Over 180 students and adults from five high schools and two community theater groups across four counties in New York’s Central and Southern Tier regions gathered at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY on Saturday, April 9 for CNY Arts’ 2016 Annual Michael Harms Theater Festival. Each year, the festival celebrates talented teenagers in theater through a combination of musical and dramatic theater performances, professional adjudication and responses to the shows, and professionally-led workshops for both young performers and behind the scenes artists and crew.
Auburn High School (performance piece- The Graduation Project), The Media Unit (performance piece- From the Back of the Bus), Oswego Children's Theater (performance piece- Eat (It’s Not About Food), Port Byron Drama Club (performance piece- I Never Saw Another Butterfly), Skaneateles High School Drama (performance piece- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and Whitney Point High School Drama Club (performance piece- I Never Saw Another Butterfly) participated in this year’s day long festival.
Awards and scholarships were presented for notable performances and technical work:
The Award of Excellence-High School was presented to Whitney Point High School Drama Club for their production of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, directed by Ken Jones.
The Award of Excellence-Community Theater was presented to Oswego Children’s Theater for their production of Eat (It’s Not About Food), directed by Lyndsie Lee Jones.
The award for Outstanding Technical Achievement was Whitney Point High School Drama Club for their production of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, directed by Ken Jones
The F. Michael Harms Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jackie Aberi – Skaneateles High School Drama Club
The Redhouse Summer Theatrical Institute Scholarship was awarded to Stephanie Jeker– Whitney Point High School Drama Club
Certificates of Achievement:
- Excellence in Musical Comedy Performance: Jackie Aberi & Calvin Blackwell (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- Skaneateles High School Drama)
- Excellence in Physical Comedy: Josh Luce & Tyler Atwater (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- Skaneateles High School Drama)
- Chameleon Award (multiple characterization:) Caroline Gray (Eat (It’s Not About Food-Oswego Children’s Theater)
- Outstanding Achievement in Physical Expression in Dance: Rebecca Matos (From The Back of The Bus-The Media Unit)
- Excellence in Entering The Space: “Youth of Terezin (ensemble)”- Skylar Hosford, Donna Todd, Delaney Rooker, Charlene Stafford, Chelsea Rooker, Emily Ryan, Abbey Ryan, Natalee Reese and Kasey Cioffa (I Never Saw Another Butterfly- Port Byron Drama Club)
- Best Use of Saran Wrap (Costume): Ashley Reilly & Tristan Nolan (The Graduation Project- Auburn High School Drama Club)
- Excellence in Special Video Effects: Huw Messie (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- Skaneateles High School Drama)
- Excellence in Stage Technology and Design: The creative team behind Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (the car) (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- Skaneateles High School Drama)
- Excellence in Acting in a Supporting Role: Kaylee Tasber (I Never Saw Another Butterfly- Whitney Point High School Drama Club)
- Excellence in Individual Performance: Maddie Van Riper (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- Skaneateles High School Drama)
- Best “Foreign” Language Scene: Baylee Kennedy & Sam Baker (The Graduation Project- Auburn High School Drama Club)
The Michael Harms Theater festival was inspired by the Harms Family in honor of F. Michael Harms and produced by CNY Arts (then the Cultural Resources Council) in 1976 to foster greater interest in theater work by students and teachers in secondary schools. The program has gained wide recognition as a theater experience of great educational value as well as creative fun. Students participate in skill-building workshops such as Dance Auditioning, Improvisation, the Meisner Acting Technique, Lighting, Stage Management, and Mask Making.
Mark Cole (Professor Emeritus) from SUNY Oswego, Maria Marrero (Professor of Theater Design and Technology) from Syracuse University and Jon Wilson (General Manager) from Syracuse Stage were the theater educators who provided constructive feedback to the student performances and, along with Technical Director Bob Frame from Cayuga Community College, chose the recipients of the awards and scholarships.
Schools interested in participating in the Spring of 2017 should contact CNY Arts Festival Coordinator Susan Tromans at 315-435-2126.