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EHS Performing Arts Recognized by Rising Star Awards

Ewing Schools Immediate Release

May 3rd, 2022

The Ewing High School Drama Program’s recent spring production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has been honored by the prestigious Paper Mill Playhouse’s Rising Star Awards.  

The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards are considered to be the pinnacle of high school theater awards in New Jersey.

Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards were created in 1996 to encourage and reward exceptional accomplishments in the production of New Jersey high school musicals. The Rising Star Awards is a statewide high school recognition program.  Paper Mill visits and adjudicates upwards of 100 schools throughout New Jersey. This concludes with nominations in several categories and a final awards ceremony on Monday, June 6th.

This was Ewing Drama’s first year participating in the Rising Star program. 

After critical review of three of the four performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, all of the leads, supporting leads, production team, and ensemble scored high enough to receive a nomination.  All recipients nominated receive a 50% scholarship to Paper Mill Playhouses’ summer program. 

The final nominations for the Rising Star Awards came out earlier this week and the performing arts program is excited to announce the following: 


Nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Male Role:

Jayden White for his role as Chip Tolentino

J. White     J. White

Nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Female Role: 

Maddie Marsola for her role as Rona Lisa Peretti

M. Marsola     M. Marsola

Honorable Mentions:

Honorable Mention for Direction: Christina Monaco Caldwell 

Honorable Mention for Music Direction: Alexander Minter 

Honorable Mention for Costuming: Sean Hubert  

“This recognition by such a prestigious organization affirmed what we in Ewing already knew,” Assistant Superintendent Danita Ishibashi stated.  “That the Ewing Schools has an outstanding performing arts program made up of extremely gifted students.  We thank Ms. Monaco Caldwell for her work with her talented performers, and congratulate all the students who were recognized.”