• Bellefonte Area nominated for school record 12 Isaac Awards

    The Bellefonte Area drama department is at the top of its class. Members of the cast, crew and pit for the high school’s spring musical “Anything Goes” were nominated this year for a school record number of awards, walking away as winners and runs-up in nine of the 12 nominations.

    Bellefonte Area was nominated at least once in each category – the only school to have such an honor, Theater Director Eric Brinser said.

    Best Actor/Actress in a Featured Role: Kiara VonGunden
    Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Eddie Fitzgerald
    Best Actor in a Leading Role: Johnny Purnell
    Best Stage Crew
    Achievement in Design: Brandon Hearn
    Achievement in Choreography: Kaitlyn Alterio, Natalie Giacobe and Keeli Pighetti

    Best Actress in a Leading Role: Anna Yates
    Best Musical Number: "Blow, Gabriel, Blow"
    Best Overall Production

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Megan Irwin
    Best Ensemble: Reno's Angels
    Best Featured Dance: "Gypsy in Me"

    Special commendation
    Achievement by a Student Orchestra

    The Altoona Community Theatre Isaac Awards annually recognize student achievement in high school theater productions. This year, 20 schools from six counties were represented during the ceremony May 26-27. According to the ACT website, local high school students received more than $55,000 in college scholarships through the Isaac Awards in 2017.

    *By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD. Photo provided by Meadow Lane Photography and used with permission.