CELEBRATE: Branson Reese, far left, and Derek Rommel, far right, join Westfield Principal Dale Rumberger and theater director Scott Pafumi after accepting the award for Best Play at the Cappies gala on Sunday, June 13.
...Westfield High School theater arts director Scott Pafumi and the young thespians under his direction got a wonderful surprise on Sunday.
, 31, said he
did not think Westfield would win this year because the school's production of the complex, existential Stoppard play was "too personal, too artistic, not quite 'showy' enough." Pafumi
said, "We do tough shows.I think we laid the groundwork last year with our production of 'Hamlet,' another difficult show that was attended by 1,200 people in a single weekend."
"R&G" was also well received by the community, he
said."It was a hard piece, done well by the actors."
The young actors have been working under Pafumi
since they started at Westfield four years ago.Most of the "R&G" cast was also part of "Godspell."
is sad to see his
seniors leave, he
believes that the legacy they have created will continue.
"This is the final chapter for these kids who came into Westfield with an impassioned attitude," Pafumi
said."They came here saying, 'This is my high school; I want to do it all.' I think they have done it all.We have completed a cycle.We're not the 'new kid' anymore."Pafumi
added that the group has lived up to every expectation he
"All of these accolades are indicative of the surmounting talent of this group," Pafumi
said."Under my vision, we have completed everything I wanted to do in four years."
Passing of the torch
Though this successful class of seniors is graduating, Pafumi
insisted that the "bottom is not falling out."
"There is a passing of the torch," he
...Pafumi credited not only the students but also the support of the parents, administration and community for Westfield theater's success, especially outgoing Principal Dale Rumberger and his successor, Mike Campbell, both of whom avidly support the school's arts programs.
"We are a family here at Westfield," Pafumi
said, adding, "I have always heard that, if you want to succeed at running, you should run with people who are faster or as fast as you are.
I have watched the kids grow from freshmen to seniors, and this is all thanks to the hard work of Scott