NARRAGANSETT — On Oct. 26, the Narragansett Pier School’s production of “The Wiz” received the Moss Hart Memorial Award from the New England Theatre Conference.
The award honors the late dramatist and director by recognizing “outstanding theatrical productions throughout New England of playscripts that present affirmative views of human courage and dignity, that have strong literary and artistic merit,” according to the group’s website.
Director Jimmy Calitri, choreographer Chelsea Cook, musical director Jonathon Audette, producer Vanessa Miller, Superintendent Katherine Sipala and School Committee member Frank White attended the awards dinner in Natick, Mass., to represent the district and the school’s production.
In addition to the students’ efforts, this team “has been working together over the last four years to build a program for students that offers a professional and real-world experience of what it is like to be a working actor,” Miller said, in an email.
Watching one of the performances, Sipala recognized she was watching something special. “[T]he sheer number of students participating was amazing and their enthusiasm and voice and dance expertise was delightful to watch,” she wrote in an email. “These opportunities for students to showcase their talents and gifts is a very important part of our educational process and mission in the Narragansett Schools.”
The theater department will present “Shrek: The Musical,” in February.