BTHS students perform during the Salute to Ocean County awards event. (Photo: Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation)
BTHS students perform during the Salute to Ocean County awards event. (Photo: Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation)

Brick Township High School’s Drama Club won the prestigious Performance Award at the Salute to Ocean County, a celebration of arts and heritage held Thursday night. 

The cast of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” performed the musical number “Coffee Break.”  The award was $5,000 to the drama club from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation.

The event was sponsored in part by Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission and Ocean County College.


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As Shorebeat reported earlier this week, tech week is underway for the production, which highlights local high school students and professional musicians. The tune-filled comic gem took Broadway by storm, winning Tony awards for Best Musical and also a Pulitzer Prize.

The show will be held on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Brick Township High School Auditorium, 346 Chambers Bridge Road.

The musical is a satire of big business and finding your way up the corporate ladder. The production features Brick residents Ryan Gittler and Hailey Bennett in the lead spots, with a supporting cast of Alyssa Hajeski, Michael Troncone, George Mageri, Annie Castoro, Evan Urspruch, Michael Luckhowec and Colleen Mari. There is a large male and female ensemble to accompany the main cast. 

General admission tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from the play director, Ms. Cheryl Best at CBest@brickschools.org.