Red Bank Regional (RBR) took home three Basie Awards this year with Patrick Monaghan once again winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for Amadeus. (He won the same honor last year for his leading role in Much Ado About Nothing.) Reuben Jackson also won two awards: The first for Outstanding Direction in a Drama and the second for Outstanding Production in a Drama, both for Amadeus. Mr. Jackson’s twin awards comes in this his debut year at RBR as its drama teacher and production director.
Other nominations included: Mary Kokie McNaugher, nominated for Outstanding Costume Design in a Drama for Amadeus and Matt Suzska and Francis Hankins, nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design in a Drama, also for Amadeus. Sophomore Luke Pearlberg, Brielle, earned a nomination for Lead Actor in a Musical for Fiddler on the Roof.
Luke was asked to reprise his role as Tevye as part of the festivities for the eleventh annual Basie Awards. He was joined in the performance by his stage wife Golde, Victoria Aumack, Union Beach, in the entertaining Basie Production of student stars.
The Basie Awards were held on May 18 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.