“The envelope, please …” as the saying at any awards ceremony usually goes. Last night it was the 12th annual Basie Awards and the winner was …
Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s (RFH) Jake Rallo in the Best Supporting Actor in a Musical category for his role in Tarzan and Joe Esposito for Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical.
RFH was nominated for 17 awards this year.
— Photos/Elaine Van Develde
Tonight’s the night. It’s the 12th annual Basie Awards, celebrating the talent of area high school students and their mentors.
This year, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) actors, singers, musicians, directors, producers and tech crew have netted 17 nominations.
• Outstanding drama production, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight;
• Outstanding lead actor in a drama, Calvin Bruno, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight;
• Outstanding direction in a drama, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Suzanne Sweeney;
• Outstanding set design in a drama, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Matthew Leddin;
• Outstanding lighting design in a drama, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Matthew Leddin;
• Outstanding musical production, Tarzan;
• Outstanding lead actress in a musical, Rachel Makstein, Tarzan
• Outstanding supporting actor in a musical, Jake Rallo, Tarzan;
• Outstanding chorus, Tarzan;
• Outstanding featured ensemble group, Tarzan, The Gorillas;
• Outstanding featured ensemble group, Tarzan, Island Spirits;
• Outstanding student/adult orchestra, Tarzan, Amy Fredericks;
• Outstanding direction in a musical, Tarzan, Suzanne Sweeney;
• Outstanding choreography, Tarzan, Jen Costa;
• Outstanding set design in a musical, Tarzan, Matthew Leddin;
• Outstanding lighting design in a musical, Tarzan, Matthew Leddin;
• Outstanding musical direction, Tarzan, Amy Fredericks.
Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School senior Julia Mosby on Wednesday night won as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama at the 10th Annual Basie Awards.
The awards celebrate the talent of Monmouth County high school students in various categories.
RFH was nominated for a total of 11 awards. Mosby was nominated for two: Outstanding Supporting Actress in both the Drama and Musical categories.
She won for her supporting role in the high school’s fall production of Miracle on 34th Street.
So, in our Retro Pic of the Day, we take you back to the closing day performance of that show with a photo of Mosby and friend Ben Ley, also an RFH grad, after the final performance.
By Elaine Van Develde
Curtain up! Light the lights! Tonight’s the night Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) senior Julia Mosby is set to hit the heights as she competes with the area’s high school talent for two Outstanding Supporting Actress wins at the Basie Awards.
With RFH up for a total of 11 awards at the annual ceremony, Mosby is the only RFH actress nominated, and in both the drama and musical branches of the Outstanding Supporting Actress category.
Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect caught up with Mosby recently at a Rumson gathering.
Headed to Princeton in the fall, she’s a lover of the old time Broadway greats, many of whom her generation doesn’t recall. She has a great deal of respect for her craft and those who embodied stage presence and originality in characterization back in the day and it is her goal to emulate that.
She’s not a fan of any typical sound in musical voice or cookie cutter acting method.
What part would she love to play? Reno Sweeny in Anything Goes.
Mosby, for her role in RFH’s Miracle on 34th Street, is competing for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama with: Emily Esposito, Matawan Regional High School, Cocktails with Mimi; Laura Diorio, Middletown High School South, A Diamond as Big as the Ritz; Emily Mitro, Shore Regional High School, Lend Me a Tenor; Amanda Spina, St. John Vianney High School, 3 One Acts.
In the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical, Mosby, who was Frau Blucher in RFH’s Young Frankenstein is competing with: Joelle Rosen, Long Branch High School, A Chorus Line; Rachel Calvosa, Freehold High School, The Addams Family; Julia Crean, Ocean Township High School, The Addams Family; Eliana Swartz, Red Bank Regional High School, Anything Goes; Alysa Finnegan, Mater Dei Prep, Curtains.
Break a leg, Julia and all the other competitors!