Congratulations to the cast and crew of Princeton Day School's fall production of 26 Pebbles for winning two Montclair State University Theater Awards! PDS Theater was once again named Outstanding Dramatic Ensemble for 26 Pebbles. In addition to the full ensemble award, Alex Darenkov '21 earned Outstanding Dramatic Actor. According to renowned Director of Visual and Performing Arts Stan Cahill, this honor means that "the best actor in NJ is (currently) roaming our virtual halls!" Mr. Cahill went on to express pride and congratulations to the entire cast and crew, including Kayla Stokes '15, who returned to PDS this fall during Ben Malone's temporary leave, as Technical Director and Set Designer for 26 Pebbles.
During his tenure at PDS, Cahill and his theater production teams have garnered multiple awards. They have previously received the Montclair State University Theater Award for Outstanding Dramatic Ensemble for productions of Anon(ymous) and Twilight, Los Angeles: 1992. More important than awards, according to Cahill, his teams have typically stayed away from conventional productions. Instead, with the students as collaborators, Cahill has routinely sought projects that present an opportunity to incorporate theater students' performance interests and develop their acting skills while also challenging the audience with complex themes and varied artistic approaches.
26 Pebbles definitively hit all of those marks and this fall's production resonated deeply with the audience and the cast and crew members. For a review of the fall production of 26 Pebbles, including cast and crew reflections, see the news story from last November here.
Photos from the fall production of "26 Pebbles" provided by Matt Pilsner