September 27, 2022

Valley Regional’s Titanic Wins Outstanding Production of the Year and More

Region 4 Superintendent Ruth Levy, Valley Regional Music Production Director Ingrid Walsh and Valley Regional High School Principal Kristina Martineau are all smiles accepting the 2012 Connecticut High School Musical Theater award for Outstanding Production of the Year Award.

Deep River, CT – On Monday, June 4 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Valley Regional Musical Production’s  TITANIC proved to be the big winner, receiving a total of six 2012 Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards.  Nominated in 15 of the 20 categories recognized, VRMP won for Outstanding Production of the Year, Outstanding Chorus, Outstanding Direction by Ingrid Walsh, Outstanding Musical Direction by Ryan Driscoll and Melissa Cardiello Lewis, Costume Achievement by Tina Stoddard and VRMP Parents, and Hair and Makeup Achievement by VRMP Parents.  Other Valley nominations were for Achievement in Arts Education, Lighting Achievement, Scenic  Achievement, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Leading Male: Kevin Alvord and Andrew Goehring, Outstanding Supporting Female: Tori Chiappa, Outstanding Supporting Male: Sam Kneeland, and  Outstanding Lobby Display.  The evening’s program featured student performances by Kevin Alvord, Andrew Goehring and Parker Wallis as well as the entire TITANIC cast.

This was the first year that Valley entered the state-wide competition, now in its fourth year with 20 Connecticut high school musicals contending for recognition.  A judges’ panel comprised of theater industry professionals attended each competing high school production during the school year to determine nominees.

“From the moment we arrived at the Palace to rehearse our evening performances, we were blown away by the talent of the competing schools and are humbled that our school of 600+ students, that accepts everyone with no cuts, was recognized,” commented VRMP Director Ingrid Walsh, “ I was in awe of the composure, maturity and respectfulness of our students,  it was an arduous day preparing for the awards ceremony, but the finish was beyond any reward we could imagine.”

Valley Regional Principal Kristina Martineau summed up the achievement by stating, “ To be recognized by such a prestigious organization is truly an honor and validates what we have known as a community.   Ingrid Walsh is a talented and gifted visionary who harnesses the passion that our students have for the performing arts and motivates them to commit to excellence throughout the production and in all that they do beyond the stage.  We are exceptionally proud of our students and grateful to our parents and community members who make their dreams a reality.”


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