By John Conners, St. Luke’s Director of Theater Arts
On Tuesday, May 31, St. Luke’s families gathered at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut for the 19th Annual Halo Awards. Presented by The Seven Angels Theater Company, a regional theater company that brings high-quality productions to the Waterbury area, the Halo Awards honor every aspect of high school theater: actors, singers, stagehands, directors, dancers, designers, and more. This year more than 80 Connecticut high schools were celebrated at the ceremony, which was full of energy and excitement, as high schoolers cheered one another and performed musical numbers from their schools’ productions.
St. Luke’s School was well represented, with nominations for Ryan DeFilippo ‘22 (Best Lighting Design), Sam Bauer ‘23 and Hannah Johnson ‘24 (Dynamic Duo in a Play), Myles Sead ‘23 (Best Male Standout Performance in an Ensemble Production), and Hannah Johnson (Best Female Standout Performance in an Ensemble Production). The cast and crew of Eureka Day—, Connor Mannix ‘24, Dakota DeFrancesco ‘23, Hannah Johnson, Myles Sead, Ryan DeFilippo, and Sam Bauer—received nominations for Best Contemporary Play and the Fearless Award.
Johnson and Bauer proudly came away with The Dynamic Duo Award, which is given to performers who exemplify strong chemistry and partnership on stage. The St. Luke’s cast and crew of Eureka Day took home the Fearless Award. This award recognizes theater programs willing to take risks by producing challenging work or tackling complex issues. It is an extraordinary win for St. Luke’s Theater. Brave students win this award, and we are honored to be recognized as a program that provokes thought, pushes artistic boundaries, and inspires.
St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving over 30 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.