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Hackensack Cultural Arts Department Up For Perry Awards

Brittany Haydock and Mike Schelzo from "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers"
Brittany Haydock and Mike Schelzo from "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" Photo Credit: Hackensack Department of Cultural Arts
A silhouette of Brittany Dolinar and Zach Mazuoat who played Jamie and Cathy in "The Last Five Years." It is the only time in the show they are on stage together, which is their wedding.
A silhouette of Brittany Dolinar and Zach Mazuoat who played Jamie and Cathy in "The Last Five Years." It is the only time in the show they are on stage together, which is their wedding. Photo Credit: Hackensack Department of Cultural Arts

TEANECK, N.J. — The Cultural Arts Department of Hackensack is up for three Perry Awards for two of its shows.

The Defining Moments Theatre Company and Teaneck New Theatre were nominated by the NJACT Perry Awards for recent productions of “The Last Five Years” (DMTC) and “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” (TNT).

“The Last Five Years” received two nominations, one for “Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Frank Borrelli,” and for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for Brittany Dolinar,” who performed and promoted the show at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center Gala Fundraiser.

“The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” received one nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for Brittany Haydock. “The Last Five Years” had three performances on May 27th and 28th at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center. It was the companies first full length production, as the company started in April of 2015.

The NJACT Perry Awards are given for outstanding achievements in New Jersey Community Theater. At the beginning of each season, NJACT tember Theaters submit their shows for award consideration.

Two NJACT reviewers attend each production, evaluate all on-stage aspects of the performance and provide separate numerical scores for over 50 different criteria across 10 different review categories.

More than 200 shows produced by theater companies around the state are submitted each year, which require over 400 reviews by trained NJACT volunteers.

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