Take a bow RFA actors, theater educators!


It’s always gratifying to see young people in the community excel, especially so when they display poise and talent in an immensely difficult field such as musical theatre.  

It is heartening when these individuals receive due recognition for their accomplishments as was recently the case for members of RFA’s recent production of “Aida” which received a host of nominations in the fourth annual Syracuse High School Theatre Awards. 

Kayla Bush, who portrayed the character Amneris in Rome Free Academy’s musical production of “Aida” back in April, won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.  

In addition to Bush, RFA was also nominated for: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Madelynn Maiolo as Aida; Best Performance by an Ensemble/Chorus; Outstanding Choreography Execution; Best Performance by a Student Orchestra; and Band Director Jake Meiss was nominated for Outstanding Direction.

“I’m obviously thrilled for Kayla, but I’m also incredibly proud of all of our nominees,” Meiss said, adding that “Our staff and students worked very hard to have an excellent show, and it was really nice for us to get the recognition of so many nominations, in such a wide variety of categories,” Meiss said.

These students and their top notch educator — himself a veteran of the arts as a student at RFA —follow in a long and proud tradition in Rome and Rome Free Academy of excellence in arts.

It is good to see that this excellence not just continues but shows no signs of stopping or slowing down any time soon.


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