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PHOTOS: Freehold High School Brings Home Basie Award

The seventh annual Basie Award recognized high school performing arts from around Monmouth County.

For the seventh year, the has helped enrich and promote high school theater by recognizing the county's best performances with the Basie Awards. 

As the years have progressed, so too has the reach of the Basie Awards. When Numa Saisselin, CEO of the Count Basie Theatre, developed the Basie Awards seven years ago, 15 schools participated. This year 24 schools from all over Monmouth County took part in evaluation process, which as also grown over the years, from 25 during the first Basie Awards season to more than 40.

With nearly every seat of the 1,400-seat theater filled with students, parents, and faculty members, Wednesday night, Basie Awards were handed out to the winners of 26 categories split between dramas and musicals.

Check out the gallery above for images from the Basie Awards.

Complete list of Basie Award drama winners:

Outstanding Stage Direction in a Drama -  Anthony Greco - Monmouth Regional High School - The 39 Steps  

Outstanding Production - Drama - Monmouth Regional High School - The 39 Steps - Anthony Greco 

Outstanding Set Design in a Drama - Middletown High School South - The Rimers of Eldritch - Alexis Kozak   

Outstanding Lighting Design in a Drama - Monmouth Regional High School - The 39 Steps - David Ahlers  

Carole Malik Award for Outstanding Costume Design in a Drama - Middletown High School South - The Rimers of Eldritch - Jacqueline Mazza  

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama - Kelly Lozo - Middletown High School South - The Rimers of Eldritch  

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama - Chris Dubrow - Red Bank Regional High School - A Midsummer Night’s Dream  

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama - Nick D'Ambrosia - Monmouth Regional High School - The 39 Steps  

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama - Victoria Keiser - Raritan High School - Alice In Wonderland  

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama - Phil Limeri - Mater Dei Prep - Almost, Maine

Complete list of Basie Award musical winners:

Outstanding Stage Direction in a Musical - Andrew De Prisco - Red Bank Catholic High School - Into The Woods  

Outstanding Production - Musical Red Bank Catholic High School - Into The Woods - Andrew De Prisco 

Outstanding Set Design in a Musical - Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Jekyll & Hyde - Dino Pagano and Suzanne Sweeney   

Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical - Ocean Township High School - Miss Saigon - George Ripley and Victoria Cascaes

Carole Malik Award for Outstanding Costume Design in a Musical - Red Bank Catholic High School - Into The Woods - Fred Mayo, Debra Thime and Fred Sorrentino  

Outstanding Musical Direction - Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School - Jekyll & Hyde - Bill Grillo and Vincent Mottern

Outstanding Choreography in a Musical - Matawan Regional High School - Guys And Dolls - Julie Takacs McKurth

Outstanding Ensemble Group in a Musical - Matawan Regional High School - Guys And Dolls - The Gamblers

Outstanding Featured Ensemble Performer in a Musical - Uzo Amuzie - Matawan Regional High School - Guys And Dolls  

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Chloe Chalakani - Shore Regional High School - Annie Get Your Gun  

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical - Richard Huy - Ocean Township High School - Miss Saigon  

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical -  Mark Regan, Jr. - Red Bank Catholic High School - Into The Woods  

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical - Kayla Ryder - Matawan Regional High School - Guys And Dolls  

Outstanding Chorus in a Musical - Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School - Jekyll & Hyde  

Outstanding Student/Adult Orchestra - Musical - Red Bank Catholic High School - Into The Woods - Shawn Mack 

Outstanding All Student Orchestra - Musical - Freehold High School - Little Shop of Horrors - Pamela Massimini

Lifetime Achievement Award - Diane Mannion

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