SHS Wins Three Nominations for 2016 Freddy Awards

By Samantha Perkins

Every year, high schools across the Lehigh Valley area put on musicals and hope their school will be recognized in the WFMZ Freddy Awards, an awards ceremony for high school musical talent that is watched all over the world. Salisbury High School’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was recognized by the Freddy Awards when it scored three nominations on May 12. Seniors Carolyn Boulay, Dane Galbraith, and Abby Garrigan are nominated for Outstanding Small Ensemble Performance for their performance of “The I Love You Song,”  Abby is nominated for Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress for her role as Olive Ostrovsky, and Dane is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as William Barfee.

Actors from Belvidere, Freedom, Moravian Academy, Northwestern Lehigh, Saucon Valley, and Southern Lehigh are nominated for Outstanding Small Ensemble Performance along with the three actors from Salisbury. Julia Gross, Jamie Hajduk, and Gabrielle Pedraza are nominated for their performance of “Prologue/Little Shop of Horrors” from Belvidere’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. Mikey Brandle and Kelly Donah are nominated for their performance of “Sue Me” from Freedom’s production of Guys and Dolls. Kylee Jacoby, Annie Karras, and Katie Keller are nominated for “Little Lamb From Alabama” from Moravian Academy’s production of Big Fish. Morgan Moss and Ben Fry are nominated for “Anything You Can Do” from Northwestern Lehigh’s production of Annie Get Your Gun. Meghan Altemose and Lauren Skillinge are nominated for “How The Other Half Lives” from Saucon Valley’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Finally, Chris Smith and Caleigh Schmid are nominated for “If I Loved You” from Southern Lehigh’s production of Carousel.

Abby Garrigan is up against seven actresses from other high schools for the award for Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress. Other nominees are Abigail Schoepple for her role as Ulla in Dieruff’s The Producers, Talia Johnson for her role as Muzzy Van Hossmere in Nazareth Area’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rachel Lawley as Rachel in North Warren Regional’s Godspell, Madison Lahr as Nancy in Northampton Area’s Oliver!, Megan Schmidt as Kate McGowan in Parkland’s Titanic the Musical, Grace Postiglione as Carrie Pipperidge in Phillipsburg’s Carousel, and Lexi Brown as Carrie Pipperidge in Southern Lehigh’s Carousel.

Dane Galbraith is also up against seven other actors for the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. The other nominees are: Jonathan Cruz as Roger DeBris in Dieruff’s The Producers, Mikey Brandle as Nathan Detroit in Freedom’s Guys and Dolls, Jason Kunzman as Billy Early in Hackettstown’s No, No, Nanette, Tyler Haney as Harold Bride in Parkland’s Titanic the Musical, Luke Simons as Enoch Snow in Southern Lehigh’s Carousel, Clinton Cudworth as Nathan Detroit in Warren Hill Regional’s Guys and Dolls, and Carmelo Santiago as Nathan Detroit in Whitehall’s Guys and Dolls.

Unfortunately, Salisbury did not score a nomination for Outstanding Overall Production by a Smaller School. However, seven other schools did. Allentown Central Catholic was nominated for their production of Cinderella (Enchanted Edition), Bethlehem Catholic for Wonderful Town, Hackettstown for No, No, Nanette, Moravian Academy for Big Fish, North Warren Regional for Godspell, Notre Dame for She Loves Me, and Saucon Valley for Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Five schools were lucky enough to be nominated for the Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical. Bangor Area was nominated for their production of Ragtime (School Edition), Dieruff for The Producers, Freedom for Guys and Dolls, Parkland for Titanic the Musical, and Whitehall for Guys and Dolls. These five schools will be performing a musical number from their respective musicals at the Freddy Awards.

You can watch the Freddy Awards live 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Four students from all participating schools will be performing in the opening and closing numbers of the Freddy Awards, including Salisbury’s own David Eckhart, Dane Galbraith, Abby Garrigan, and Jesse Long.

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