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Stamford High, Westhill High Bring Home Awards From Drama Festival

The Westhill High School Northstar Playmakers put on "The Drowsy Chaperone" in 2012.
The Westhill High School Northstar Playmakers put on "The Drowsy Chaperone" in 2012. Photo Credit: Westhill High School Northstar Playmakers website

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford High School Strawberry Hill Players and Westhill High School Northstar Playmakers participated in the Connecticut Drama Association Festival over the past weekend.

Ten schools competed at the festival, held at Pomperaug High School in Southbury. Each of the two local drama clubs took home an impressive number of awards -- and both have been invited to perform at the New England Regional Festival, in April.

The Strawberry Hill Players presented "The Real Inspector Hound," directed by SHS alumnus Matt Blank. The group is made up of 30 students from both SHS and the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering. The group earned the following awards: Outstanding Production, People's Choice Award and Outstanding Characterization.

The Northstar Playmakers presented "The Twilight Zone: the Shelter," directed by WHS teacher Bob Johnson. The group includes 10 student actors and 26 student crew members from WHS and AITE. The Northstar Playmakers won the Theatrical Achievement Award, Outstanding Ensemble Acting Award, Execution of Overall Theatrical Concept Award and Outstanding Make-Up Award.

SHS's Erin Maher and Lily Fine were among only four students to win Outstanding Actor Awards. Five students from Stamford -- of only 12 students from across the state -- were awarded All Connecticut Cast Awards for their acting: WHS's Sebastian Matrullo and Marco Pinto-Leite, and SHS's John Bolognino, Cara Grasso and Chase Rodan.

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