Hopewell Valley Central High School’s “Much Ado About Nothing” sweeps the Foxy Awards: named Best in the Garden State!

The Theatre Program at Hopewell Valley had a fantastic showing at this year’s Montclair University Theatre Night “Foxy Awards” on Monday, May 23 with the following results:

Elliot Block (Benedick) won for best actor in a classic play
Sophia Parsons (Beatrice) won for best actress in a classic play
The production of Much Ado About Nothing won Best Production of a classic play
CHS Director of Theatre, Katie Rochon, won Best Director.

The classic Shakespeare Play, “Much Ado About Nothing” was adapted into a 1940’s theme taking place at a supper club in Little Italy. The production included music, styles, and dances from the post-WWII era and took home a Best Overall Production of a High School Play award – the highest honor of the night!

Elliot Block

The awards were granted from an impressive and competitive pool of 75 participants throughout the State of New Jersey.

The list of nominations also included
Best Actor (Frankie Bancroft)
Best Actress (Piper Ward)  
Original Music
Period Costumes (Jordan Brennan),
Lighting Design (Jeff Kelly),
Scenic Design (Andy Parsons)
Acting Ensemble.

The Foxy Awards is produced by Montclair State University and the Theatre Night Awards recognizes excellence in the production of high school and middle school straight plays throughout New Jersey. This year, the awards ceremony was held virtually and aired on Monday, May 23 at 7pm.

HVCHS senior Elliot Block also was recognized recently as Best Actor at the Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for his performance in the HVCHS musical Big Fish.

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