Two Students Honored With 2020 Halo Awards

Two Gunnery students were among those honored at the 17th annual Halo Awards hosted by Seven Angels Theatre on June 23. Max Farrar '21 won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Quasimodo, and Lucy Sanchez '23 won for Best Costume Design/Execution in the "The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

“These are such well-deserved awards. Max is a super star and Lucy worked really hard on the gargoyle costumes and even taught stage crew to sew,” said producer Sarah Albright, who is also a member of the World Languages Department faculty.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was the first production presented in the new Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center, which opened to students in January. “With the shift to a larger, nicer, more high-tech space, we will be able to continue to grow each year and will hopefully be able to showcase our students’ talents in the best ways possible,” Albright said. “The bar is set high, and we will continue to raise it.”

The Halo Awards celebrate the best in Connecticut high school theater. Students from more than 81 public and private high schools across the state participated in this year’s awards ceremony, which was held virtually over three nights on YouTube. The Gunnery Drama Program received a total of 12 nominations this year for the fall play, "Backstage," and winter musical, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."