Mosaic Theatre has announced the winners of its Stop! The Violence Video Contest that in ran this spring in conjunction with its recently-closed production of A Measure of Cruelty, a drama inspired by the Michael Brewer tragedy.
First place went to Alex Novell of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for his video entitled “Stop The Violence.” Second place recognized Kali Rosendo of the University School of Nova Southeastern University for a video entitled “Words Hurt.” Third place was awarded to the team of Edward Hurowitz, Brandon Bell and Brett Kahn from the University School who produced a video entitled “Rebirth.”
Mosaic Theatre received numerous contest entries from area high schools, and finalists were chosen based on votes cast by Facebook friends and by a panel of celebrity judges including: Brett Loewenstern, a semifinalist on American Idol, Emmy Award Winner Louis Aguirre of WSVN’s Deco Drive, and the drama’s playwright Joe Calarco.
In his video, Alex Novell relates how he was a target of bullying and stresses the importance of having someone there to help. His appeal to viewers to “be there for one another” struck a chord with voters and his video was selected as the grand prize winner.
Novell will receive the $500 Stuart & Cecelia Kirsner Scholarship and also an SAT Prep Course by Huntington Learning Center.
The awards will be presented on opening night of the theatre’s next production, Adam Rapp’s acclaimed coming-of-age drama The Edge of Our Bodies on Friday, June 8.