"It (the ceremony) is a way for the Gibbons Drama community to celebrate and reflect on our completed production year and to honor and recognize the work and commitment of all those involved in the program--onstage, offstage, and in the classroom, " said Kevin Ferguson, the program's artistic director. "Produced by our graduating senior, it is also a chance to say goodbye to them and to thank them personally for all they've done for Gibbons and the drama program."
At the recent ceremony, nominees and guests walked the red carpet before entering the Main Stage theater where the awards were presented. The 16 categories of Gibbie Awards, range from Best Actress and Actor to Best Stage Manager and Best Cameo Role. Nominees are chosen by a committee made up of Mr. Ferguson and senior drama leadership team members. Then, winners are decided by voting—which is open to anyone involved in Gibbons Drama.
For Amelia Jerden, who received Best Stage Manager for her work on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the award is meaningful because, "stage managing and the theater department at Cardinal Gibbons have been such an important part of my life in high school." As such, she said the program taught her the importance of professionalism, passion, and collaboration. This fall Amelia will attend UNC – Chapel Hill; she is considering a major in media and journalism.
Ferguson said this year's Gibbie Award Ceremony was steeped in laughter and celebration, reflecting the 2016-17 theater season, which centered on laughter and community. "It was," he noted, "a good year to try and make folks smile and feel good for a couple of hours every evening."
Best Actor - Gian Gibboney, Joseph, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best Actress - Gabby Simone & Mary Callan Kelso, Narrators, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best Supporting Actor - Ben Colon-Emeric & Jack Sabye, Ernie Cusack, Rumors
Best Supporting Actress- Allison Cochrane & Ally McCarthy, Cookie Cusack, Rumors
Best FEATURED Actor - Bradley Stone, Pharaoh, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best FEATURED Actress - Hayden Price, Levi, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best Cameo Role - Juliana Salcido, Mrs. Potiphar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best Stage Manager - Amelia Jerden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,Rumors
Rookie of the Year - Donny Gaynor
The Technician Award - Tripp Fraley
The Sarrubi Award- (For stepping in at the 11th hour & saving the day)
Logan Kelly, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best dresser - Rebecca Wicklin
Best Fire Department - Jenna Hackett
Roadshow Team Player Award - Zian Lane
Best Ensemble Award
Joseph Bros, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat