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Nashoba Students Wins Best Actor Award

Marc Macedo in character as “Shrek: The Musical” and out of character (and with his hair). Courtesy
Marc Macedo in character as “Shrek: The Musical” and out of character (and with his hair). Courtesy
Marc Macedo, a junior at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, won the TAMY Award for Best Actor at Mount Wachusett Community College’s Theatre at the Mount in Gardner on Sunday, May 18.
Marc played the lead role of Shrek in three winter performances of “Shrek: The Musical,” and beat out student-actors from Hudson High School, Innovation Charter Academy of Tyngsborough, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School of Fitchburg, Nashoba Regional High School of Bolton and Wachusett Regional High School of Holden.
It was the first nomination for a TAMY Award for Marc, who engaged in some method acting by shaving his head to play the ogre — though there may have been another reason.
“The bald cap was pretty uncomfortable,” he said.
Marc wasn’t sure how he’d do against the competition on the day of the awards ceremony, especially when he saw he was up against students who performed in such heavyweight productions as “Les Miserable” and “Little Shop of Horrors” (which Nashoba Tech has already pegged for its musical production next winter).
“Those other guys were pretty good, so I wasn’t sure what to expect,” he said.
Marc also played lead roles in “Hairspray” as a freshman and “Once Upon a Mattress” as a junior.
Though a student in Nashoba Tech’s Electronics/Robotics program, Marc has a love for the theater and hopes to continue acting and singing after graduation.
Outside of school, he is a member of Tewksbury-based Actors Inc, a community-theater group, for which he performed in the most recent production of “Les Miserables” this spring.
Though he doesn’t plan to pursue acting as a career — he is hoping to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute after he graduates in 2015 — he is reserving the right to change his mind.
Marc is on a winning streak of sorts. In April, he won the Mr. Nashoba competition, cinching the victory with a stirring rendition of John Legend’s “All of Me” in the talent category.
Marc was one of two TAMY award winners from Nashoba Tech this year. Lindsey Callan, a freshman from Groton, won in the category of Not-Your-Average Chorus Member. Nashoba Tech also received nominations for Best Playbill and Rising Star Award for Jillian Slotnick, a 7-year-old Andover girl who is the daughter of Jeremy Slotnick, an English teacher at Nashoba Tech.
The Theatre at the Mount’s TAMY Awards, now in their eighth year, recognize exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in local high schools. The program publicly acknowledges the outstanding effort local schools make to strive for excellence in the performing arts.
Submitted by Nashoba Valley Technical High School.


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