Seventeeth Annual Halo Awards and CAS Arts Awards
Congratulations to Notre Dame Drama Club moderator-producer Mrs. Casey LaMonaca, Mrs. Christine Evans, music director, Lisa Menilli, choreographer, and Rosemary O'Brien (wife of Alan Alfanso '81) director of the Club's production of Newsies. The production was awarded Best Contemporary Musical at the 2020 Halo Awards. The 17th Annual Halo Awards were presented at a virtual event on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Annually, the Notre Dame Drama Club enters the Halo Awards, competing with 26 Connecticut schools for outstanding achievement in high school theater production. Seven Angels Theater, Waterbury, CT, sponsors the awards.
Notre Dame had 16 nominations for its December drama production The Outsiders and its March musical Newsies. Three additional Notre Dame students were nominated for their performances in productions at Sacred Heart Academy and Lauralton Hall in the fall.
The Connecticut Association of Schools annually honors two outstanding seniors from each of its member schools who excel in the performing or studio/visual arts. Scholarship and Leadership are supporting criteria for the CAS awards.
Meet Notre Dame's top honorees for Halos Awards and Connecticut Association of Schools Arts Awards.
Owen Clark '21 – Halo Best Featured Dancer for his performance in Newsies. Clark is also the recipient of the Dance Molinari Scholarship, which entitles him to dance lessons in a New York City studio.
Collin Beirne '20 – CAS Performing Arts Award. Beirne was a four-year member of the Jazz Band and Marching Band, where he led the trombone section. He balances his musical talent with his outdoors interests. He participated in the Bass Fishing Club and the Outdoors Club. Beirne will major in Marine Science at the University of Maine.
Michael Iasalvatore '20 – Halo Best Comic Male Performance in a Musical for his portrayal of Smee in Sacred Heart Academy's presentation of Peter Pan. Iasalvatore will attend Pace University in Manhattan, where he will major in Business Management.
Ethan Johnson '20 – Halo Best Original Program Cover or Design for Notre Dame's presentation of The Outsider and CAS Studio/Visual Arts Award. Johnson, a four-year member of the drama club and the choir, served as the 2019-2020 president of both groups. As you note from his Halo award, his artistic ability compliments his acting. He will attend SCSU, where he will major in studio arts and theater.
Antonio Mantero '21 – Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Davey in Newsies.
We are very proud of our 2020 award winners and Notre Dame's long-term commitment to the arts. The Band and the Glee Club premiered in 1947, one year after the school opened. The first dramatic production, Jean Kerr's The Big Help, took the stage in 1949.