Bellefonte production of ‘Mamma Mia’ nominated for several awards

From Staff Reports

BELLEFONTE — Bellefonte Area High School’s production of “Mamma Mia” racked up a school-record 13 nominations for the annual Isaac Awards.

According to drama director Eric Brinser, the nominations came in for the following students: Natalie Book (lead actress), Halle Mitchell (lead actress), Elijah Breon (featured actor), Seveta Gallu (supporting actress), Anna Kate Scott (supporting actress) and Mason Keeler (supporting actor).

The production was also nominated for achievement in design (Leah Simmon), achievement in choreography (Natalie Giacobe, Keeli Pighetti, Megan Hamaty and Kaitlyn Alterio).

Donna and the Dynamost were nominated for best ensemble, “Voulez Vous” was nominated for best featured dance. The final medley was nominated for best musical number.

“Mamma Mia” was also nominated for best stage crew and best overall production.

ACT’s 2019 ISAACS will be presented Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, in the Historic Mishler Theatre.

Bellefonte is up against the following schools: Bedford High School (“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”), Central Cambria High School (“The Addams Family”), Great Commission (“Peter Pan”), Grier School (title to be announced), Moshannon Valley (title to be announced), Philipsburg-Osceola High School (title to be announced), State College Area High School (title to be announced), Tyrone Area High School (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), West Branch Area High School (title to be announced).

The Isaacs will be presented Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, in the Historic Mishler Theatre. The mission of the Isaac Awards is to encourage and support excellence in high school musical theatre in the region through an annual awards and scholarship event that recognizes student achievement.

This is the 14th year for the Isaacs, the popularity of which has grown so large in the past two seasons that ACT had to be expand the event to two nights to accommodate the number of schools wishing to participate. Each night has its independent winners, meaning there will be two equal winners announced for each category over the weekend.

Last year alone The Isaacs distributed more than $50,000 in college scholarships to students participating in their high school musicals, underwritten by Title Sponsor Reliance Bank and others, including Penn State-Altoona, Mount Aloysius College and St. Francis University. In addition, Benzels presented each of the 20 schools in the 2018 Isaacs with $500 for this year’s production budgets.

A total of 20 schools are nominated and cover a six-county area. Two panels of judges from ACT have viewed the schools’ musicals. The winners of which will be announced onstage at the Mishler between musical numbers from each school’s entry.