Cary-Grove’s production of Seussical earned three nominations including best production from Broadway in Chicago’s Illinois High School Music Theater Awards. Justin O’Brien, who played Cat in the Hat, was nominated for best actor, and Alyssa DiRaimondo was nominated for her performance as Gertrude McFuzz.
“I have grown so much as a performer just over the course of my senior year and I'm so grateful for all the support and love my teachers, friends, and family have given me. Getting nominated is such a honor and I'm still in shock,” said Alyssa DiRaimondo, a recent Cary-Grove graduate.
Twenty-four high school students in Illinois were nominated for best actor and best actress. They will participate in an all day workshop featuring Gabriella Sorrentino, dance captain for the Chicago production of Hamilton. Two students will be chosen as best actor and best actress and will get to represent Illinois at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards/The JimmyTM Awards in New York City in June. They will win an all-expense paid trip of private coaching, master classes and rehearsals with theatre professionals.
“If I were to win the title of best actor, that would mean I did my job portraying my role and I would get to share it with our amazing cast,” said Justin O’Brien, a recent Cary-Grove graduate.
Seussical the production included approximately 200 students in the cast, crew, band and artists, who had two months to prepare. Students sold out all eight of their performances.
“It is an honor to be highly regarded in the arts community in Illinois and to be recognized for our continuing contribution to high school theatre excellence in our state,” said Rob Boncosky, director.
This year, 80 high school musicals throughout the state of Illinois participated in IHSMTA. In 2016 Cary-Grove won best production for Cinderella and in 2017 the production of Evita earned best scenic design.