Danielle Rudess, producer of the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, emailed today to mention that the deadline for the 2010 Metros — the Oscars of the high-school-musical realm across the Lower Hudson Valley — is fast approaching.
February 15 is the deadline to enter for consideration for the 2010 Metropolitan Awards, which honor outstanding achievement in high-school musical theater.
Registration is open to all schools in Westchester, Rockland and Bergen counties. The online application form as well as information about the awards is available online at www.hstheaterawards.com. Or call 845-826-2049.
There are those who reject awards for high-school theater, saying that it diminishes the purity of the enterprise. Others see the benefit of competition, as a means of preparing kids for a world in which competition is a way of life, particularly the world of the theater.
Last year, another incentive to enter was added to the mix. The winners of the best-actor and best-actress Metros — Aaron Sauer of Sloatsburg and Michele Rubich of Briarcliff — were entered into the inaugural National High School Musical Awards, nicknamed “The Jimmys” for theatrical impresario James Nederlander.
For a week, they attended master classes with Broadway pros, learned production numbers and attended a Broadway show alongside winners of theater awards from across the country.
By the end of the awards show, one actor and one actress — Steven Mark of Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, Conn., and Jenny Wine of Wichita High School in Wichita, Kansas) were named winners of the inaugural Jimmys. Their prizes included $10,000 to further their education and an incredible opportunity: eligibility for a FOUR-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP TO NYU’S TISCH SCHOOL. (You can read my posts from the morning after The Jimmys here.)
Photo by Joe Larese/The Journal News: Michelle Rubich of Briarcliff High School receives her Metropolitan award for outstanding actress in a leading role at the Paramount Center for the Arts on June 8, 2009. Rubich went on to represent the Lower Hudson Valley at the inaugural National High School Musical Awards, the Jimmys.