Students Win Three Halo High School Theatre Awards

Poster for "Almost, Maine"

This past weekend The Frederick Gunn School Drama Society brought home three Halo Awards for this spring’s production of “Almost, Maine,” a romantic comedy written by John Cariani. The awards, which honor high school students’ achievements in all aspects of theatre, were presented by Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury via YouTube on July 10. The cast and crew of “Almost, Maine,” earned a total of seven nominations. Congratulations to our 2021 Halo Award winners!

Acadia Johnson ’21 received the “Above and Beyond Award” for being a great stage manager, said director Sarah Archer, Assistant Director of The FGS Drama Society. Lucy Sanchez  ’23 won Best Costume Design/Execution, and Emma Smith ’22 and Quentin Sheers ’22 won Best Performance by a Couple or Dynamic Duo in a Play.

More than 81 high schools from across Connecticut participated in the 18th annual Halo High School Theatre Awards. Judges attended performances throughout the year and submitted evaluations for each show. The judges then met in the spring to deliberate the nominees and the winners, culminating in three nights of virtual awards presentations. “Almost, Maine,” was presented May 20 and 22 to a limited live and virtual audience from the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. View photos from the production of “Almost, Maine,” in our SmugMug Gallery.

Additional Images

Emma Smith and Quentin Sheers

Quentin Sheers ’22 knocks Emma Smith ’22 off balance with an ironing board in a scene from "Almost, Maine."

Cast and crew with playwright John Cariani

The cast and crew in a pre-production meeting of "Almost, Maine," with the play's creator, John Cariani.

Emma Smith and Quentin Sheers

Emma Smith ’22 takes a turn with the ironing board in her scene with Quentin Sheers ’22.