THE DROWSY CHAPERONE earns 29 Ocean State Star Awards nominations

PROVIDENCE, RI (December 8, 2023) – The Arts at Bishop Hendricken is proud to announce several nominations for its production of The Drowsy Chaperone as part of the 2nd Annual Ocean State Star Awards presented by the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), including full company nominations for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Ensemble.

The following individuals were nominated by a panel of PPAC adjudicators following performances of the musical in November:

  • Calista Aguinaldo – Lead Performer nomination, Dance Performer nomination
  • Zachary Young ’24 – Lead Performer nomination, Dance Performer nomination
  • Amelia Albino – Lead Performer nomination
  • Patrick Cavanagh ’25 – Lead Performer nomination, Dance Performer nomination
  • Nicolas Cappalli ’24 – Lead Performer nomination, Acting Performer nomination
  • Massimo Papa ’24 – Supporting Performer nomination, Dance Performer nomination
  • Zoe Clay – Supporting Performer nomination, Dance Performer nomination
  • Justin Estrada ’24 – Supporting Performer nomination
  • Gabriel McInnis ’24 – Supporting Performer nomination
  • Zachary Brown ’24 – Acting Performer nomination
  • Sarah Burns – Dance Performer nomination
  • Isabella Caporaso – Dance Performer nomination
  • Jack Hamilton ’24 – Honorable Mention in Performance nomination
  • Rachel Castillo, Xander Papa, Nila Hanlon, Alyssa “Seven” Short – Honorable Mention in Design nomination
  • Dev Tandon ’24 – Stage Manager nomination
  • Julia Paolino – Director nomination
  • Richard Sylvia – Musical Director nomination
  • Jade Genga – Choreographer nomination
  • Brendan Lawrence ’18 – Set Designer nomination, Lighting Designer nomination
  • Elaine Colgan – Costume Designer nomination

“It is such an honor to be recognized for both our performing and technical theatre program,” said Julia Paolino, Director of the Arts and Drama Program Coordinator. “Our students and staff work tirelessly to bring these productions together and these nominations serve as a reminder of the excellence we strive for each day. I am especially proud of our two full-company nominations which highlight the incredible effort our entire Arts at Bishop Hendricken community.”

Award winners in each category will be announced by PPAC in May from the pool of nominees from participating high school productions across Rhode Island and in parts of Massachusetts. In June, PPAC will present a Tony Awards-inspired showcase honoring the schools and students. At this awards ceremony, two top performers will be selected to represent Rhode Island at the 2024 National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards) in New York City this summer.

The Ocean State Star Awards program is designed to celebrate, support, and advocate for high school musical theatre education throughout Rhode Island. PPAC is dedicated to not only celebrating high school theatre programs, but to recognizing the outstanding achievements of the state’s high school productions.




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