Webster Schroeder shines at Stars of Tomorrow

8 May

The cast of Fiddler on the Roof perform at the Stars of Tomorrow ceremony in this image from the SOT website.

More great news from our schools today.

Webster Schroeder High School rocked the Auditorium Theater stage last week when the Rochester Broadway Theater League held its annual Stars of Tomorrow program. Thirty-six schools from a nine-county area competed for honors, and Schroeder’s March production of Fiddler on the Roof garnered awards in nine categories, including:

* Outstanding Dance Ensemble
* Outstanding Production Crew
* Outstanding Student Orchestra
* Outstanding Singing Ensemble
* Outstanding Supporting Actor (Mathew Burley as Lazar Wolf)
* Outstanding Supporting Actress (Hadley Strelau as Tzeitel)
* Outstanding Lead Actor (Paul Urriola as Tevye)
* Outstanding Lead Actress (Alyssa Willmarth as Golde)
* Outstanding Musical Production

The Stars of Tomorrow judges also gave special recognition to Leah Hecht as Grandma Tzeitel, Brendan Messner as Sasha, Jacob Murphy as the constable, Alessandra Devia as the Fiddler on the Roof, the entire string section of the pit orchestra, and individual pit members Emily Dorsey, Ajay Phatak and Melanie Pozdol.

The road to success continues for Paul Urriola and Alyssa Willmarth. Both will perform in the New York City Bound National High School Music Theatre Association competition on May 24 at the Auditorium Theater.  In this annual competition, the 32 Leading Male and Female role award recipients from the Stars of Tomorrow compete in “American Idol”  fashion, ultimately narrowed down by a panel of judges until one Leading Male and one Leading Female are selected to represent Rochester. From there, young actors can win college scholarships, professional internships, career coaching and opportunities for auditions.

Community members can vote online for their fan favorites (that would be our Alyssa and Paul, of course) to help them win an additional prize package valued at more than $500. CLICK HERE or on the photo above to vote.

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