Acting up at Stamford High

The central office just announced today another accolade for Stamford High’s drama club. For the seventh time in 11 years, Stamford High will represent the state of Connecticut in the New England Drama Festival, which kicks off this week in Vermont.




Here’s the official release:

Stamford, Conn.—Stamford High School (SHS) Drama Club will represent the State of Connecticut at the New England Drama Festival this week in St. Johnsbury, Vt.  After winning the  Outstanding Production award at the recent Connecticut Drama Association (CDA) Festival, SHS qualified to represent the state at this prestigious theater festival.

The three student actors and the 25-student crew production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged,” was one of only two productions to earn the award and the honor to represent our state at the festival. This is the seventh time, in 11 years, SHS has won the honor of representing the state.

“I am very proud of our entire cast and crew who will represent the state of Connecticut this week,” said Tom DeSalvo, SHS Drama Club Advisor. “The students have been working on this production since November, and this is proof that hard work pays off. I am glad these kids will get to be a part of this amazing experience in Vermont.”

The SHS production also earned the following production awards: People’s Choice, Outstanding Props, and Outstanding Timing at the CDA Festival. Additionally, all three SHS actors took home recognitions of their own. From among hundreds of participants, William Hunt, SHS Junior, was one of only four students to receive the Outstanding Actor award. According to the CDA this is the highest individual award of the festival given for “truly superior work in creating and developing characters in an artistic manner. Senior Ziggy Sakalauskas and Sophomore Shaina Lubliner were two of only 12 students to receive All Connecticut Cast awards, which according to the CDA are presented for “excellent work in creating characters that are believable, often complex and textured, and truthful to style of the production.”


The Drama Team:

Mariel Barocas QJared Barrientos Brianna Bellavia
Abby Bushell Lea Carpanzano Kyle Downer
Bryce Drynan Grace Ferrante Julia Fruithandler
Taylor Garland Skylar Gibb Jana Hulaj
Andrea Hunt William Hunt, Actor Shaina Lubliner, Actor
Sophie Lyons Erin Maher Daniella Malinowski
Sabrina Petrafesa Andrew Rabita, Director Rebecca Rakowitz
Amanda Reino Chase Roden Ziggy Sakalauskas, Actor
Rachel Steinmetz Matt Sweeney  


Along with Tom DeSalvo, Stamford High School teachers Claudia Nerreau and Tommy DeSalvo are the club advisors. Meredith Walker, a theatre educator, serves as the director mentor.

Rob Varnon