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FRHSD Students Take Home Honors at the 19th Annual Basie Awards

The red carpet was laid out at the Count Basie Center for the Arts on May 22 to celebrate the best in high school theater across Monmouth County during the 19th annual Basie Awards.

The Basie Awards program is modeled after the TONY™ Awards and evaluates musical and drama productions in high schools throughout Monmouth County.

This year's 2024 Basie Awards winners in the Freehold Regional High School District include:

Drama and Comedies

Outstanding Supporting Performance In A Female Identified Role - Comedy: Alexandra Risi, Colts Neck High School, "Lend Me A Tenor"

Outstanding Supporting Performance In A Male Identified Role - Comedy (Tie): Frankie Dige, Colts Neck High School, "Lend Me A Tenor";

Outstanding Stage + Tech Crew Of A Play (Tie): Freehold Township High School, "Almost, Maine"

 

Musicals

Outstanding Small Music Ensemble (Tie): Freehold High School, "Little Women"

Outstanding Mixed Student + Adult Orchestra: Manalapan High School, "Beauty And The Beast"

Amy Giinther Fredericks Award For Outstanding Musical Direction: Eric Gross, Freehold High School, "Little Women"

Outstanding Lead Performance In A Female Identified Role - Musical: Riya Pawar, Manalapan High School, "Beauty And The Beast"

Outstanding Stage and Tech Crew Of A Musical: Manalapan High School, "Beauty And The Beast"

 

Student leadership

The Basie Awards spotlighted behind-the-scenes participants this year.

  • Spencer Finkler, Light + Sound Design, Manalapan High School

 

Count Basie Center Arts Impact Scholarship Winners

  • Count Basie Center Arts Impact Scholarship - Gifted by the 2023 Basie Golf Outing - Niome Morales (Manalapan HS)
  • Monmouth County Commissioners Basie Scholarship for Continuing Education - Bernard Liang (Manalapan HS)