Looks like we’re all set to webcast the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre’s Metropolitan Awards live from the Paramount Center for the Arts on Monday night.
Tune in to www.lohud.com at 7 p.m. for live backstage interviews and at 7:30 p.m., we’ll be webcasting the event that has been circled on high-school-theater-kid calendars for weeks: the 13th annual Metros — live!
There are some changes this year, according to producer Danielle Rudess:
- Instead of having celebrity presenters, they’ll have a host — Tom Deckman, a Broadway vet (“Spamalot”) — and a new way to announce the nominees that will solve the problem of having names drowned out by the cheering crowd. (It gets pretty loud.)
- Getting rid of the presenters gets rid of the introductions and the banter and puts the focus on performances. It also allows for another nominee in the outstanding-overall-production category. There are seven this year — Archbishop Stepinac’s “Beauty and the Beast”; Bergen County Academies’ “42nd Street”; Don Bosco Prep’s “Jekyll and Hyde”; Hastings’ “Oklahoma!”; Pleasantville’s “The Wizard of Oz”; Rockland Country Day’s “Guys & Dolls” and Northern Highlands’ “Seussical.”
- Christian Conway, a student from Clarkstown High School South, will serve as announcer.
There will be awards given in 27 categories at the ceremony, culminating in the overall-production winner, which should be announced by 10 p.m. (It is a school night, after all.)
Once again, I’ll be live-blogging the event from the back of the hall. If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket, stop by and say hi.
Word is that the 1,025-seat hall is completely sold out, with 200 folks on a waiting list. So if you get shut out, be sure to log on to www.lohud.com and you won’t miss a moment of the loudest proudest moment in Lower Hudson Valley high-school theater.