Ain’t it Funny Honey…how in the blink of an eye...you wake up and have an award-winning theater program. On Monday, June 3, thespians from Kingswood Oxford attended the 16th Annual High School Halo Awards at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. Over 60 high schools from across the state of Connecticut participated in this prestigious gala red carpet event in front of families and friends.
Kingswood Oxford took home several awards for their performance of this year’s spring musical, Broadway’s Chicago: The High School Edition, in which students received a standing ovation for their show-stopping performance for the sellout crowd of 900 people. KO netted awards for Best Dancing (Remy McCoy ’20) and Best Featured Dancers (Remy McCoy ’20 and Katie Brough ’19). Sadie Margolis ‘21 and McCoy were also presented the Dance Molinari Scholarship, the only students of the evening to receive this esteemed honor. Dance Molinari (DMO) is a company in New York City that trains young professional artists in a range of areas and is comprised of master class instructors, directors, choreographers, writers, video photographers, editors, cabaret artists, and producers. In addition, Charlie Coxon ’19 was nominated for Gypsy Robe, which is given to a chorus member. Gleaned from Broadway, this tradition recognizes a chorus member with the most Broadway credits who receives a robe on the opening night of a musical.
Over the course of the evening, awards were given in numerous categories that included Best Actor and Actress in a Musical/Play, Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Musical/Play, Best Performance by the Cast in an Ensemble Production, Best Comic Actor and Actress in a Musical/Play, Best Student Choreographer. The awards also featured categories for lighting, design, stage management, special effects, among others.
Excited nominees arrived dressed in their black-tie best, snapping pictures and chatting with fellow classmates. The mood was a celebratory one as each school huddled together and awaited the results of each category. Kingswood Oxford students even got their dose of nostalgia for the evening as they had the chance to tour the dressing rooms where Director of Theater Kyle Reynolds formerly prepped for performances.
Michelle Gotay, a renowned motivational speaker and thespian emceed the event. Over the course of the evening, a selection of nominees performed segments of songs and scenes from their nominated musicals. Performances by KO included the "Cell Block Tango," and McCoy reprising “Funny Honey.”
McCoy said, "The Halo awards were an amazing experience for KO and really shows that our theater program is moving up and becoming better and better. The fact that we won two dance awards really proves that KO students are learning and growing in all aspects of theater and that we will continue to do so for years to come. I am so proud of what we accomplished this year with Mr. Reynolds, and I can’t wait to see how we grow in the future!"