The Arts

Theater

At Suffield, students are presented with numerous opportunities to excel in theatre and dance—both onstage and behind the scenes. Each year, Suffield produces two major theatrical productions (a play and a musical), a one-act festival, a new playwrights festival, and a full dance production. Each production gives students a hands-on experience in performance, lighting, sound, stage management, set construction and house management. Students work directly with arts faculty and professionals to create quality productions each year. The theater program is designed to incorporate all types of students at Suffield. With evening rehearsals, it does not interfer with athletics allowing every student at Suffield the opportunity to excel on the field and the stage. The dance program is recognized as a winter athletic option with over forty students involved in the yearly production.

Awards & Nominations

Seven Angels Theatre, Greater Waterbury's only Equity Professional Theatre, hosted the 15th Annual High School Halo Awards on May 30. The largest award program in Connecticut, the Halos honor student participation in all areas of high school theatre throughout the state. Suffield Academy received 12 nominations and won two awards, including Best Contemporary Play for their production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Individually, Dominic Colangelo ’19 won Best Male Standout Performance in an Ensemble Play as Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Winners & Nominations by School Year

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • + 15th Annual Connecticut Halo Awards (2018)

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    Winners
    Best Contemporary Play
    Best Male Standout Performance (Ensemble Play or Musical): Dominic Colangelo ’19 as Christopher Boone

    Nominations
    Fearless Award
    Best Performance by a Cast (Ensemble Play or Musical)
    Best Stage Management: Carrie Lauria-Sheehan ’19
    Best Lighting Design: Oak Chaisathaporn ’19
    Best Sound Design and Execution: Jack Pumphret ’18

    Hairspray
    Nominations
    Best Lighting Design: Oak Chaisathaporn ’19
    Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: RJ Mhoon ’18 as Seaweed
    Best Comic Male Performance in a Musical: Carlos Salguero ’18 as Corny Collins
    Best Comic Female Performance in a Musical: Mia White ’18 as Velma Von Tussle
    Best Choreographer: Mia White ’18
    Best Specialty Ensemble: The Motormouth Kids (SOC)
  • + 14th Annual Connecticut Halo Awards (2017)

    Sister Act
    Winners
    Best Musical
    Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Katherine Kalill ’17 
    Best Lighting: Oak Chaisathaporn ’19
  • + 13th Annual Connecticut Halo Awards (2016)

    Winners
    Spring Awakening
    Fearless Award

    One Man, Two Guvners
    Best Incidental Music, “The Craze Band”: Amelia Hern ’17, Graham Shannon ’17, Oskar Kvaternik ’16, Matt Moryto ’18, Katherine Kalill ’17, Will Robidoux ’16, and Riley Miles ’17
  • + All Halo Nominations

    One Man, Two Guvnors
    Best Contemporary Play
    Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play: Jim Krueger ’17 as Francis Henshall 
    Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play: David Gingold ’16 as Stanley Stubbers
    Best Comic Male Performance in a Play: Joe Islam ’16 as Alan Dangle
    Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play: Cole Rogalin ’16 as Harry Dangle
    Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play: Ashley Sarris ’17 as Pauline Clench
    Best Sound Design: Dan Mittelman ’17
    Best Lighting Design: Simon Park ’16

    Spring Awakening
    Best Contemporary Musical
    Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Katherine Kalill ’17 as Wendla 
    Best Comic Male Performance in a Musical: Graham Shannon ’17 as Hanschen
    Best Stage Management: Laura De Los Santos ’17
    Best Featured Dancer: Isabella Attianese ’18/Blue Angel Ballet
    Best Lighting Design: Simon Park ’16
    Best Performance by a Couple/Dynamic Duo in a Musical: Joe Islam ’16 & Samantha Warren ’18 as Herr Knockenbruch & Fraulein Knuppledick

Performing Arts

List of 4 members.

  • Thomas Dugan 

    Chair, Performing Arts Department
    Emerson College - B.A.
    Emerson College - M.A.
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  • Thomas Gotwals 

    Bradford C. Gooch Chair in Music
    Oberlin College - B.A.
    Oberlin Conservatory - B. Mus.
    Yale School of Music - M. Mus.
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  • Chelsea Kane ’09 

    Performing Arts Department
    Providence College - B.A.
    Boston University - M. Mus.
  • Gis-Ximena Nahmens 

    Chair of the Languages Department
    Universidad Catolica Andres Bello - B.A.
    Rochester Institute of Technology - M.S.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” Highlights

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