By Samantha Perkins
Salisbury High School received two Freddy Awards for their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the awards show on Thursday, May 26. Seniors Carolyn Boulay, Dane Galbraith, and Abigail Garrigan won Outstanding Small Ensemble Performance for their performance of “The I Love You Song” and Dane won a Freddy for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as William Barfee.
The Freddy Award winners were blown away by the success of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Freddy Awards. Carolyn said, “When they called our names as the Freddy Award winners for Outstanding Small Ensemble, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. All of Abby’s, Dane’s, and my hard work had paid off in the best way imaginable.” Carolyn also said, “For all three of us, it had been a dream since childhood to win a Freddy Award and we finally achieved that goal with the extremely moving ‘I Love You Song.’ We were happy with our work on the song prior to receiving the award, but being recognized for our achievements was really the icing on the cake and a great way to finish out senior year and our high school theatre experiences.”
Abby said, “Winning a Freddy with some of my best friends was one of the best feelings and moments ever to happen to me. I remember watching the Freddy’s when I was younger and always dreaming of winning a Freddy and last Thursday my dream came true! I was so excited that I was able to share the win with two of my best friends. Winning the Freddy for the ‘I Love You Song’ made it even better because we worked so hard on [it] and we put everything we had into it. When I was onstage singing the song with the two of them, it felt as if we were in our own world and we could connect with the song emotionally. I am just so honored to have won our first Freddy in 12 years with those two.”
When asked how it felt to win not just one, but two Freddy Awards, Dane said, “It felt unreal. Salisbury hasn’t won a Freddy [in 12 years] and [Abby, Carolyn and I] didn’t really think we’d win. When they called our names it was the best feeling in the world. I really didn’t expect to win the second [award], I didn’t even write [an acceptance] speech. But when I did [win] I was extremely happy. Everyone screamed and it was hands down one of the best nights of my life.”
Unfortunately, Abby did not win Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress for her role as Olive Ostrovsky. Rather, Madison Lahr from Northampton Area High School won for her role as Nancy in the school’s production of Oliver! While there were three hours’ worth of awards and performances, the awards everyone was waiting for were Outstanding Performance by an Actor and Actress in a Leading Role, Outstanding Overall Production by a Smaller School, and Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical.
Emma Marhefka won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her role as Maria in William Allen High School’s production of West Side Story, Noah Ruebeck won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Edward Bloom in Moravian Academy’s production of Big Fish, and Moravian Academy won Outstanding Overall Production by a Smaller School for Big Fish. Dieruff High School won Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical for The Producers, the second time in a row the school was awarded with this honor. Dieruff High School was actually the top winner at the 2016 Freddys, taking home a total of five awards.
Now that the 2016 Freddy Awards season is over, it’s time to look forward to next year, when participating schools will deliver a slew of new musicals, select new casts, and display new talent for the Lehigh Valley to enjoy.