Check back here at noon for the list of nominees for the 2010 Metropolitan Awards, celebrating achievements by participating high-school theater programs from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Bergen counties. Waiting to hear from Danielle Rudess this morning about the 12th annual awards, to be handed out June 7 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill.
The Metros — now in their 12th year — began life at Nyack’s Helen Hayes Theater Company and were modeled on the Paper Mill Playhouse’s Rising Stars awards.
The awards have changed over the years. They were first called The Helens, then the high-school theater awards, now the Metros, but the ceremony has always been what I like to call the loudest proudest moment of the high-school-musical year.
There are those who don’t like the competitive nature of the awards. I look at them as a moment to celebrate the work and the craft and the process.
Last year, winners in the best-actor and best-actress categories — Aaron Sauer from Sloatsburg and Michelle Rubich from Briarcliff — went on to compete in the Nederlander’s inaugural National High School Theater Awards, named for the family patriarch, Jimmy. “The Jimmys” were a four-day intensive at NYU, with winners from contests across the country learning production numbers, attending master classes and seeing a Broadway show.
The winners of the first-ever Jimmy Awards were Steven Mark of Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, Conn., and Jenny Wine of Wichita High School East in Wichita, Kansas.
They each were eligible for a four-year scholarship to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (if they met the school’s entrance requirements). Each also received $10,000 to further their education.
Pretty amazing, right? Well that journey starts with local competitions and the Metros is the local competition in the Lower Hudson Valley. Stay tuned for those nominations.