‘Wizard of Oz’ Wins Best Musical

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During the Babylon Citizen’s Council of the Arts Teen Theatre Awards on June 12, the district’s production of the “Wizard of Oz” won the Best Musical award.

Each year, BACCA awards students in the Town of Babylon for outstanding performances in their high school theater productions. West Babylon students were judged among nine other school districts.

“We all knew that this production was magical with its timeless story, the amazing scenery, our special effects, a perfect cast and an amazing group of teachers and staff who worked together for three solid months to bring the community this masterpiece,” musical director Joe Barone said.

In addition to Best Musical, Alexa Lucchesse (Dorothy) received the award for outstanding performance by an actress in a leading role, as well as outstanding female vocal performance. Matthew Lightsey (Scarecrow/Hunk) received the award for outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role. Angeline Meller, who played the role of the Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch, was also awarded outstanding performance by an actress in a featured role.

In addition, the production also won the following awards:

Elementary Munchkins – Future Stars Award
Kyle Garcia, Kyle Henshaw, Joey Partain and Joey Valenti – Best Stage Crew
Kyle Thomas – Assistant Stage Manager of The Laramie Project
Cassidy Lilly – Assistant Stage Manager
Maria Napoli – Choreographer
Wizard of Oz – Best Production value
    Mr. Barone thanks the following district staff for their essential roles in the production:
Mary Ann Cafiero – musical director
Fashion Club and Adriene Hettherington and Mary Colonna – Jitterbug costumes
Barbara Kelly – accompanist
Dana Meadows – pit orchestra and playbill
Andrea Montalvo – scenic design
Mark Palminteri – special effects
Debbie Plezia – costuming and props
Eugene Rogovitz – tools