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Local schools celebrate as Freddy nominations announced

Local schools celebrate as Freddy nominations announced

Just two weeks away from the 2016 Freddy Awards, students from across the region held their breath as the nominations were unveiled Thursday.

"I think it allows for certain schools to be recognized for awesome things that they do," said Robbie Papera from Liberty High School. "What they do on their stages."

From the first announcement of group categories, all the way to individual awards.

"I didn't expect it," said Christy Ackerman, from Hackettstown High. "I was not ready, really not ready. I heard like the beginning of my name and was like no way."

There was excitement, tears, and a lot of hugging.

"Words can't describe how I feel," added Jason Kunzman, from Hackettstown. "I'm very excited, I'm losing my voice right now so that describes it."

"That moment you hear your name you just kind of like drop whereas like everyone else around you is freaking out and you're kind of like what just happened," said Nicolette Boillotat, after hearing her nomination.

It's a big year for Hackettstown, their performance of No No Nanette garnered 10 nominations including outstanding overall performance by a smaller school.

"There are no words," said director, Stacey Higgins. "I'm on cloud nine. This exceeded our wildest expectations. I'm so happy."

Liberty High School in Bethlehem received five nominations for Pippin and hearing Shelley Brown and Ed Hanna say their names means a lot to these students.

Some have dreamed about this day for a long time.

"I want to be an actress as a profession," said Boillotat. "So it's kind of like the only opportunity for me, where I am as a high school student to know what I am doing can be something I can do as a career."

The work is not done yet.

Rehearsals for the Freddy awards start now and in two weeks it will be time for the big show.

"It's just going to be a blast, it always is," said Kori Lotito, from Liberty High School.

You can watch the Freddy Awards live on WFMZ on Thursday, May 26th at 7 p.m. The show will also be streamed at WFMZ.com.


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