Congratulations to two MKA students who have been nominated for 2012 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards. Senior Ed Rosini received a nomination in the Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role category for his performance as the "Man in Chair" in the Upper School Winter Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, and junior Lainey Bukowiec received an Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design category for her work on the same production.
Rosini is one of only 7 students in the state to recieve this nomination, and it is the third consecutive year he has been recognized for his work in an MKA Winter Musical. As a sophomore, he received an Honorable Mention and as a junior, he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, presented by the Investors Savings Bank Foundation, were created in 1996 to encourage and reward exceptional accomplishments in the production of high school musical theatre. Now in its 16th year, the Rising Star Awards is a statewide competition for New Jersey high school musicals, modeled after Broadway's Tony Awards. A Rising Star Award "Corps of Evaluators" (comprised of theater professionals, performing artists and designers, and theater arts educators) fan out across New Jersey between January and April to see shows at 100 entered schools and make nomination recommendations in various performance and production categories.
Award Winners will be announced on June 5.