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Beauty and the Beast orchestra wins regional theater award

Filed in Archive, BCHS, District, Student Spotlight by on May 22, 2018

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For the second year in a row, the BCHS Stage 700 spring musical has won Best Student Orchestra at the Capital Region High School Musical Awards. This year, it was the musicians supporting the high school production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast who walked away with the win during the regional awards ceremony on Saturday, May 19 at Proctors in Schenectady. 

“To win this award two years in a row is a real tribute to our music program and reflects the support for the arts we have here in Bethlehem,” said Jason Dashew, the show’s musical director. “Along with the talent we had onstage, and the precision of our technical crew behind the scenes, these students delivered their absolute best and made the show one to remember.”

The Beauty and the Beast Pit Orchestra:

  • Emma Blackwood – French Horn
  • Matthew Brockley – Keyboard
  • Isabelle Courtney. – Clarinet
  • Benjamin Gagnon –  Bass
  • William Held – Cello
  • Jingxuan Liu – Flute/Piccolo
  • Jackson Lalor-Cruz – Flute
  • Olivia Montagno – Trumpet
  • Nicholas Watson – Keyboard
  • Adam Winne – Percussion
  • Jason Wu – Violin

Dashew said at the weekend awards, several of the featured actors in this year’s musical were invited to join other top talent from across the Capital Region to perform for the large audience on the big stage at Proctors. Performing at the High School Musical Awards were: 

  • Delaney Beck (BCHS representative)
  • Matthew Bonacci (Best Supporting Actor Nominee for his role as LeFou)
  • Catherine Clarke (BCHS representative)
  • Ian Myers (Best Actor Nominee for his role as Beast)
  • Grant Napierski (Best Actor Nominee for his role as Gaston)
  • Maggy Seebode (Best Supporting Actress Nominee for her role as Mrs. Potts)

“These awards are such a great opportunity for these kids to be recognized for their hard work and to let them see just how a theater that hosts some of the nation’s biggest productions actually operates,” said Dashew. “I am extremely proud of all of them and look forward to seeing where their love of music and theater takes them next.”

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

View the Times Union and Proctors’ coverage of the High School Musical Theatre Awards: