At the Greater Philadelphia Cappie Award Gala, held May 15, Bordentown Regional High School junior Cynthia Reynolds was awarded the 2015 Cappie Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Gladys in the BRHS musical, The Pajama Game.
Reynolds was previously nominated in 2014 as Outstanding Comedic Actress in a Musical for her role as the rapping grandmother Rosie in The Wedding Singer. The gala, held at the Eastern Regional High School, honored high school theatre productions from the 2014-2015 season.
The BRHS production of The Pajama Game was nominated for seven Greater Philadelphia 2015 Cappie Awards.
The 2014-2015 BRHS Cappies Critic Team was nominated for the Outstanding Critic Team Award. This year’s team, under the guidance of Lead Critic senior Haley Szenczi, included senior Ivan Trancon, juniors Cassie Bolinger, Cynthia Reynolds, Mary Liz White, and sophomore Michaela Mabin. Senior Dakota Torres was nominated as Outstanding Female Vocalist for her performance as Babe, and senior Haley Szenczi received an Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical nomination for her role as Mabel in The Pajama Game.
In addition to the winning the Spirit Award for BRHS, Cynthia Reynolds was also nominated for Outstanding Junior Critic. Cynthia Reynolds, Haley Szenczi and freshman Sarah Reichard were nominated as Outstanding Dance Ensemble for their performance of the classic song and dance “Steam Heat,” and junior Mary Liz White received a nomination for Outstanding Junior Critic for her work with the Bordentown Cappies Critic Team.
BRHS seniors Haley Szenczi, Carolyne Gonzalez, Erin Hansell, Ivan Trancon and Leah Tasseff performed in the Cappies opening number in front of an audience of over 1300 people at the Cappies ceremony. Dakota Torres and Leah Tasseff also assisted in the ceremony as “Vannas,” bringing trophies and microphones out to award winners throughout the evening. BRHS principal Rob Walder represented Bordentown as a Cappies awards presenter.
The Cappies is a national program that honors and celebrates the achievements of high school theatre, which culminates in an annual Gala. The BRHS Cappies Critics Team has been working hard all year, attending area productions and serving as the BRHS representatives for the Cappies program.
The BRHS production of the musical Legally Blonde was awarded five 2012 Cappies, including the prestigious 2012 Greater Philadelphia Cappie Award for Outstanding Musical. BRHS is home to International Thespian Society Troupe 6803, which has won awards for both its productions and individual students at the New Jersey Theatre Night Awards, the Greater Philadelphia Cappies, the New Jersey State Thespian Festival and the International Thespian Festival.
The award-winning thespians of BRHS next head to the 2015 International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, to perform for judges and participate in professionally taught theatrical workshops.
For information on the performing arts at BRHS, go online to bordentown.k12.nj.us, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (609) 496-1452.