The Paper Mill Playhouse has announced its 2016 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards nominees and two Red Bank Catholic students are honored to receive final nominations for their performances in the RBC spring production of The Little Mermaid. Congratulations to senior Kate Mazza for being nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Ariel) and junior Samantha Siriani for being nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Ursula.)
The Paper Mill Playhouse, one of the country's leading regional theatres, launched the Rising Star Awards in 1996 to recognize excellence in high school theatre. The program serves the entire state of New Jersey, with nearly 100 entered productions from public, private and parochial high schools. The awards have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey. The Awards Ceremony is presented by the Investors Foundation and is modeled after the Tony Awards. As final nominees in the lead and supporting acting categories, both Kate and Samantha will receive a scholarship to Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional training program, the competitive Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory.
The 2016 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation ceremony will take place at Paper Mill Playhouse on Tuesday, June 7, at 7:30 pm, featuring presenters from Broadway and beyond. The ceremony will be broadcast live on television and online through Paper Mill Playhouse video partner, Hometowne Television, of Summit, New Jersey. As an Outstanding Lead Actress nominee Kate will perform at the awards ceremony.