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The Freddy Awards
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Freddy Awards Logo
Awarded for Excellence in high school theatre in the Lehigh Valley
Country  United States
Presented by State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania
First awarded May 22, 2003
Official website http://www.freddyawards.com/index.php

The Freddy Awards, also known as the Freddy's, are an annual recognition of outstanding high school musical theatre in the Lehigh Valley area, including the Northampton County and Lehigh County in Pennsylvania, and Warren County in New Jersey. The awards were created in 2003 and are awarded each year during a ceremony at the State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania, and are broadcast live on WFMZ Channel 69.

The 2004 broadcast of the Freddy Awards won an Emmy Award, and other broadcasts have won awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press Awards. The 2008 ceremony is the subject of a documentary, Most Valuable Players, by the Los Angeles-based Canyonback Films, which was released in 2010.

History[edit]

The Freddy Awards were named after J. "Fred" Osterstock, who managed the State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania from 1936 until his death in 1957.[1] Osterstock lived in the theater temporarily after a flood damaged his house and, according to local lore, his ghost still haunts the theater. State Theatre announced the creation of the Freddy Awards on April 2, 2002 to recognize outstanding high school theatre in the Lehigh Valley area, with the awards themselves distributed at a ceremony at the State Theatre. Shelley Brown, the theater's president and executive director of the Freddy Awards, said that she hoped the awards would highlight and reward the local performing arts, which she said are often overlooked in favor of athletic and academic achievements; Brown said, "We want this to be in the trophy case with the basketball championship trophy. ... Hopefully, this will raise the bar for schools and we'll get increasingly better performances." A total of 22 categories were established in the first year, including best musical, best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, best performance by an orchestra, best duet performance, best choreography, best lighting and best costume design.[2]

All high schools in Northampton County and Lehigh County in Pennsylvania, as well as Warren County in New Jersey, are eligible for the Freddy Awards. In the first year, letters were mailed to each of the eligible high schools, and the first 35 to return the applications were able to participate. Each year, a committee of judges are established from members of the theater's board of directors, volunteers and theater professionals from throughout the three participating. A minimum of six evaluators see each show, and the judges meet to review videotapes of the plays and select the award recipients.[2]

Ceremony[edit]

The first ceremony was held at the State Theatre on May 22, 2003.[2] The event was modeled after the Tony Awards, the ceremony which honors Broadway productions and performances. The first ceremony was hosted by Ken Matthews, a broadcaster with B104, an Allentown-based station serving the Lehigh Valley region.[3] From 2004 to date, the shows have been hosted by Shelley Brown and Ed Hanna, of WFMZ.[4] The three-hour ceremony was televised live on WFMZ Channel 69, a local television station which served as a sponsor and partner with the Freddy Awards.[1] The second ceremony was broadcast on May 27, 2004, and was once again broadcast live by WFMZ.[5] The 2004 broadcast won a regional Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award in the performing arts category in 2005, marking the first ever Emmy win for WFMZ.[5] The ceremony has since received two additional Emmy nominations, and won five Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters awards and an Associated Press Award for Public Affairs.[1] The fifth annual ceremony aired on May 23, 2007, was streamed live on the WFMZ website for the first time, and the nominations announcements were also streamed on the site the following year.[6]

Documentary[edit]

All of a sudden, we hear what sounds like a rock concert, but with Broadway tunes. We see this sweeping crane shot of all these kids on stage, much like the Tony Awards, and oh, my God - these are high school students.

Matt Kallis, producer with Canyonback Films[6]

The day before the May 2007 broadcast of the Freddy Awards, producer Christopher Lockhart stumbled upon a clip of the 2006 ceremony on YouTube while searching for something unrelated. Lockhart said in the State Theatre's press release, "I couldn’t even decipher what the clip was. It looked like a rock concert, but there was a showtune coming from the stage. Then as the close up moved in, I saw it was a high school kid and I was completely baffled.” The following day, he watched the entire live Internet webcast from his office in Beverly Hills. After putting together a pitch for a potential documentary, he took the idea to Matthew D. Kallis of the Los Angeles-based company Canyonback Films and the men partnered on the project. Seven months later, a film crew from Canyonback Films led by Emmy award winning cinematographer Curt Apduhan, visited the Lehigh Valley and began filming behind-the-scenes footage of production meetings and rehearsals at participating high schools, the Freddy nominations and the event itself. Kallis also distributed high-definition handheld cameras to students to film additional footage. Kallis said, "Hopefully we'll be able to tell some stories that really reflect universality, and kids all around the country will be able to see themselves in these stories."[6] Shelley Brown said she had "complete faith" that the documentary would be "a fair representation" of the Freddy process.[6] The film, titled Most Valuable Players, was first shown on April 16, 2010 at the State Theatre, and will have its official premiere at the film festival circuit some time later. Kallis is producing/directing, and Lockhart is producing/writing.[7][8] The film made its television premiere in September 2011 on the Oprah Winfrey Network.[9]

Nominations[edit]

2014 Nominations[edit]

Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra

Bangor Area HS | Seussical

Easton Area HS | The Scarlet Pimpernel

Emmaus HS | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Freedom HS | Crazy For You

Liberty HS | Oliver!

Nazareth Area HS | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Parkland HS | The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Use of Scenery

Bangor Area HS | Seussical

Emmaus HS | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Liberty HS | Oliver!

Parkland HS | The Wizard of Oz

Saucon Valley HS | Bye Bye Birdie

Southern Lehigh HS | Shrek, The Musical

Whitehall HS | South Pacific

Outstanding Use of Costumes

Bangor Area HS | Seussical

Easton Area HS | The Scarlet Pimpernel

Emmaus HS | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Parkland HS | The Wizard of Oz

Phillipsburg HS | Pippin Southern

Lehigh HS | Shrek, The Musical

William Allen HS | The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Performance by a Male Ensemble Member

Chad Schafer as Mr. Mayor | Bangor Area | Seussical

Andrew Stewart as Mary Sunshine | Dieruff | Chicago

Chris Mikus as Cogsworth | Emmaus | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Colt Barron as Lefou | Emmaus | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Ian Bethmann as Moose | Freedom | Crazy For You

Luis Martinez as Carlo/Ensemble | Warren County Tech | A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine

Brian Kuntz as Mr. Laurence | Wilson Area | Little Women - The Musical

Outstanding Performance by a Female Ensemble Member

Madey Dundon as Mae | Bethlehem Catholic | The Pajama Game

Paris Cordova as Hunyak | Dieruff | Chicago

Katie Hanna as Babette | Emmaus | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Casey Ward as Sylvia | Hackettstown | All Shook Up

Nicole LaValva as LeFou | Nazareth Area | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Kasey Wayda as Jolene | Northern Lehigh | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Rachael Horun as Berthe | Phillipsburg | Pippin

Outstanding Use of Lighting

Bangor Area HS | Seussical Emmaus HS | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Freedom HS | Crazy For You Notre Dame HS | Sweeney Todd

Parkland HS | The Wizard of Oz

Saucon Valley HS | Bye Bye Birdie

Whitehall HS | South Pacific

Outstanding Chorus

Bangor Area HS | Seussical

Dieruff HS | Chicago

Emmaus HS | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Freedom HS | Crazy For You

Parkland HS | The Wizard of Oz

Phillipsburg HS | Pippin

Saucon Valley HS | Bye Bye Birdie

Whitehall HS | South Pacific

Outstanding Small Ensemble Performance

Garrett Toole, Kylie Dunne | "There Once was a Man" | Bethlehem Catholic | The Pajama Game

Rachel Wingfield, Precious Correa, Ashley Velazquez, Sabrina Joseph, Paris Cordova, Khalinta Otts | "Cell Block Tango" | Dieruff | Chicago

Mason Trinkle, Megnot Toggia | "Me" | Emmaus | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Daniel Youngelman, Justin Roth | "What Causes That?" | Freedom | Crazy For You

Kylee Jacoby, Megan Keller | "Funny/The Joke" | Moravian Academy | My Favorite Year

Alexandra Seman, Patrick Davis | "A Little Priest" | Notre Dame | Sweeney Todd

Alexis Washburn, Sarah Leonhardt | "Some Things are Meant to Be" | Wilson Area | Little Women - The Musical

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Lauren Steinert as Gertrude McFuzz | Bangor Area | Seussical

Amanda Haag as Mrs. Potts | Emmaus | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Megan Keller as Alice Miller | Moravian Academy | My Favorite Year

Megan Schmidt as Hunk/Scarecrow | Parkland | The Wizard of Oz

Sam Levisay as Catherine | Phillipsburg | Pippin

Rachel Altemose as Kim MacAfee | Saucon Valley | Bye Bye Birdie

Leka Ward as Bloody Mary | Whitehall | South Pacific

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Dedrik Ramos as Amos Hart | Dieruff | Chicago

Mason Trinkle as Gaston | Emmaus | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Justin Roth as Bela Zangler | Freedom | Crazy For You

Kurtis Reif as Rev. Shaw Moore | Northwestern Lehigh | Footloose

Nikola Georgievski as Anthony Hope | Notre Dame | Sweeney Todd

Evan Hall as Zeke/Cowardly Lion | Parkland | The Wizard of Oz

Chris Smith as Lord Farquaad | Southern Lehigh | Shrek, The Musical

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Dancer

Madey Dundon as Mae | Bethlehem Catholic | The Pajama Game

Paris Cordova as Hunyak/Featured Dancer | Dieruff | Chicago

Sabrina Joseph as June/Featured Dancer | Dieruff | Chicago

Daniel Youngelman as Bobby | Freedom | Crazy For You

Mya Nales as Featured Dancer/Ensemble | Lincoln Leadership Academy | In the Heights

Brie Williams as Gigi | Northern Lehigh | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Ashlei Carlson as Ensemble | Warren County Tech | A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine

Outstanding Choreography

Bethlehem Catholic HS | The Pajama Game

Dieruff HS | Chicago

Emmaus HS | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Freedom HS | Crazy For You

Hackettstown HS | All Shook Up

Parkland HS | The Wizard of Oz

Phillipsburg HS | Pippin

Saucon Valley HS | Bye Bye Birdie

Vic Kumma Award for Outstanding Solo Vocal Performance'

Jared Cowley | "Corner of the Sky" | Belvidere | Pippin

Nina Attinello | "When I Look at You" | Easton Area | The Scarlet Pimpernel

Megnot Toggia | "A Change in Me" | Emmaus | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Hannah Arnold | "Someone to Watch Over Me" | Freedom | Crazy For You

Mikaela Esposito | "A Change in Me" | Nazareth Area | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Patrick Davis | "Epiphany" | Notre Dame | Sweeney Todd

Victoria Bartkavage | "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" | Parkland | The Wizard of Oz

Leka Ward | "Bali Ha'i" | Whitehall | South Pacific

Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actor

Kanyi Creppy as Jim | Catasauqua Area | Big River

Sawyer Long as Lumiere | Emmaus | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Bradley Bickhardt as The Lover | North Warren Regional | The Who's Tommy

Aidan Burke as Freddy Benson | Northern Lehigh | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Mike Guerriere as Tobias Ragg | Notre Dame | Sweeney Todd

Michael Falco as Hickory/Tin Man | Parkland | The Wizard of Oz

Carmelo Santiago as Luther Billis | Whitehall | South Pacific

Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress

Abby Garza as Winnie Tate | Allentown Central | Annie Get Your Gun

Tessa Bakke as Mayzie La Bird | Bangor Area | Seussical

Rachel Wingfield as Velma Kelly | Dieruff | Chicago

Carlygrace Sunday as Sandra | Hackettstown | All Shook Up

Luli Colon as Daniela | Lincoln Leadership Academy | In the Heights

Karen Fucia as Mrs. Mae Peterson | Northampton Area | Bye Bye Birdie

Nicole Dischinat as Johanna | Notre Dame | Sweeney Todd

Sarah Leonhardt as Beth March | Wilson Area | Little Women - The Musical

Outstanding Production Number

Dieruff HS | "We Both Reached for the Gun" | Chicago

Emmaus HS | "Gaston" | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Freedom HS | "Slap That Bass" | Crazy For You

Hackettstown HS | "Jailhouse Rock" | All Shook Up

Notre Dame HS | "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" | Sweeney Todd

Parkland HS | "Merry Old Land of Oz" | The Wizard of Oz

Southern Lehigh HS | "What's Up Duloc" | Shrek, The Musical

Outstanding Stage Crew In honor of Capt. Christopher Seifert

Bangor Area HS | Seussical

Emmaus HS | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Freedom HS | Crazy For You

Northern Lehigh HS | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Parkland HS | The Wizard of Oz

Saucon Valley HS | Bye Bye Birdie

Whitehall HS | South Pacific

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Luke Nosal as Cat in the Hat | Bangor Area | Seussical

Jared Cowley as Pippin | Belvidere | Pippin

Anthony Sharp as Beast | Emmaus | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Daniel Youngelman as Bobby | Freedom | Crazy For You

Drew Donaher as Fagin | Liberty | Oliver!

Noah Ruebeck as Benjy Stone | Moravian Academy | My Favorite Year

Patrick Davis as Sweeney Todd | Notre Dame | Sweeney Todd

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Joelle Tshudy as Leading Player | Belvidere | Pippin

Amaris Colon as Roxie Hart | Dieruff | Chicago

Nina Attinello as Marguerite St. Just | Easton Area | The Scarlet Pimpernel

Megnot Toggia as Belle | Emmaus | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Hannah Arnold as Polly | Freedom | Crazy For You

Alexandra Seman as Mrs. Lovett | Notre Dame | Sweeney Todd

Victoria Bartkavage as Dorothy | Parkland | The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Overall Production by a Smaller School

Bethlehem Catholic HS | The Pajama Game

Hackettstown HS | All Shook Up

Moravian Academy | My Favorite Year

Northern Lehigh HS | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Notre Dame HS | Sweeney Todd

Saucon Valley HS | Bye Bye Birdie

Wilson Area HS | Little Women - The Musical

Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Bangor Area HS | Seussical

Dieruff HS | Chicago

Emmaus HS | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Freedom HS | Crazy For You

Parkland HS | The Wizard of Oz [10]

Recipients[edit]

2014 Recipients[edit]

Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Freedom HS

Crazy For You

Outstanding Overall Production By a Smaller School

Moravian Academy

My Favorite Year

Notre Dame HS

Sweeney Todd

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Freedom HS

Crazy For You

Daniel Youngelman as Bobby

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Emmaus HS

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Megnot Toggia as Belle

Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra

Freedom HS

Crazy For You

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Dancer

Dieruff HS

Chicago

Paris Cordova as Hunyak/Featured Dancer

Outstanding Use of Costuming

Phillipsburg HS

Pippin

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Male Ensemble Member

Dieruff HS

Chicago

Andrew Stewart as Mary Sunshine

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Female Ensemble Member

Bethlehem Catholic HS

The Pajama Game

Madey Dundon as Mae

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting

Bangor Area HS

Seussical

Outstanding Chorus

Freedom HS

Crazy For You

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Whitehall HS

South Pacific

Leka Ward as Bloody Mary

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Emmaus HS

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Mason Trinkle as Gaston

Outstanding Use of Scenery

Whitehall HS

South Pacific

Outstanding Choreography

Dieruff HS

Chicago

Freedom HS

Crazy For You

Vic Kumma Award For Outstanding Solo Vocal Performance

Easton Area HS

Nina Attinello - “When I Look at You”

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Outstanding Stage Crew

In honor of Capt. Christopher Seifert

Whitehall HS

South Pacific

Outstanding Production Number

Emmaus HS

Disney's Beauty and the Beast– “Gaston”

Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actor

Northern Lehigh HS

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Aidan Burke as Freddy Benson

Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress

Dieruff HS

Chicago

Rachel Wingfield as Velma Kelly

Outstanding Small Ensemble Performance

Wilson Area HS

Little Women

Alexis Washburn and Sarah Leonhardt- "Some Things are Meant to Be"

Overall Production Winners[edit]

Outstanding Overall Production winners[edit]

Year[11] School[11] Production[11]
2003 Phillipsburg High School Once Upon A Mattress
2004 William Allen High School Jekyll & Hyde
2005 Freedom High School Crazy For You
2006 Parkland High School Beauty and the Beast
2007 Whitehall High School The Scarlet Pimpernel
2008 Emmaus High School Les Misérables
2009 Southern Lehigh High School West Side Story
2010 Easton Area High School Ragtime
2011 Whitehall High School Li'l Abner
2012 Freedom High School Thoroughly Modern Millie
2013 Parkland High School The Phantom of the Opera
2014 Freedom High School Crazy For You

Outstanding Overall Production by a Smaller School winners[edit]

Year[11] School[11] Production[11]
2005 Belvidere High School South Pacific
2006 Belvidere High School Godspell
2007 Blair Academy Urinetown The Musical
2008 Hackettstown High School Cats
2009 Warren County Technical School Blood Brothers
2010 North Warren Regional High School Jekyll & Hyde
2011 Hackettstown High School and Wilson Area High School (tie) Footloose / The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
2012 Allentown Central Catholic High School Seussical
2013 Moravian Academy The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2014 Moravian Academy and Notre Dame High School (tie) My Favorite Year / Sweeney Todd

Records[edit]

Most Nominations

Emmaus High School's Disney's The Beauty and the Beast - 19 Nominations (2014) [12]

Most Freddy Awards

Freedom High School's Crazy For You - 8 Freddy Awards(2005)[13]

Most Overall Freddy Awards

Freedom High School - 36 Freddy Awards [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About the FREDDY's". The Freddy Awards. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b c DeCastro, Lavinia (2002-04-03). "Kids to get taste of Broadway -- State Theatre to give out Freddy awards". The Express-Times. p. B1. 
  3. ^ Kalan, Susan (2005-08-12). "Freddy show may get its own award". The Express-Times. p. A1. 
  4. ^ "29 high schools doing Freddys". The Express-Times. 2009-01-22. p. B8. 
  5. ^ a b "Freddy show wins Emmy, Allentown station takes home honor". The Express-Times. 2005-09-18. p. B3. 
  6. ^ a b c d Kalan, Susan (2008-05-18). "From stage to screen". The Express-Times. p. M1. 
  7. ^ McEvoy, Colin (January 25, 2010). "Freddy stars to shine again soon, filmmakers say". The Express-Times. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Freddy Awards documentary to be screened in April". The Express-Times. February 5, 2010. p. B6. 
  9. ^ Lauer-Williams, Kathy (September 7, 2009). "Premiere on documentary on Freddys getting buzz". The Morning Call. Retrieved September 17th, 2011.
  10. ^ http://www.wfmz.com/freddyawards
  11. ^ a b c d e f "The Recipients". The Freddy Awards. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  12. ^ http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/freddy-awards/index.ssf/2014/05/freddy_awards_2014_nominees.html
  13. ^ a b freddyawards.org

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