Thirty-four schools, so far, are in the mix for the 15th annual Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, the Lower Hudson Valley’s equivalent of the high-school-musical Tony Awards, slated for June at a location to be named later.
Producer Danielle Rudess reports that 17 schools from Westchester, four from Rockland and 13 from Bergen County have thrown their hats into the ring, inviting judges to see their musicals and score them on an exhaustive list of criteria in 26 categories from lobby display to best overall production.
If your school’s not on the list, there’s still time. Rudess says applications will be accepted through the end of this week. Interested schools should contact Rudess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Metros have been held for the past six years at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, which shut down in October. The city of Peekskill, which owns the theater, has been interviewing prospective management teams. Earlier this month, a panel selected a group called Red House Entertainment to revive the restored movie house. Rudess has said she’d prefer to keep the awards ceremony in Westchester, but might entertain the option of moving them to Bergen PAC if the Paramount is unavailable.
Here’s the list of schools that have applied to participate in the 2013 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards:
Archbishop Stepinac H.S. – Evita
Alexander Hamilton H.S. – Footloose!
Briarcliff H.S. – The Music Man
Edgemont H.S. – Seussical
Harrison H.S. – Crazy for You
Hastings H.S. – Footloose
Hendrick Hudson H.S. – Fiddler on the Roof
Kennedy Catholic H.S. – The Pajama Game
Lakeland H.S. – 9 to 5
Ossining H.S. – Rent: School Edition
Pleasantville H.S. – Peter Pan
Port Chester H.S. – Hairspray
Rye Neck H.S. – Singin in the Rain
Tuckahoe H.S. – Footloose!
Valhalla H.S. – The Wiz
Westlake H.S. – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Woodlands H.S. – Little Shop of Horrors
Clarkstown South H.S. – Curtains
Rockland Country Day School – Into the Woods
Spring Valley H.S. – The Wiz
Tappan Zee H.S. – Me and My Girl
Academy of the Holy Angels – Into the Woods
Bergen County Academies – Brigadoon
Don Bosco Prep – Godspell
Emerson H.S. – The Drowsy Chaperone
Fair Lawn H.S. – Runaways
Glen Rock H.S. – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Northern Highlands H.S. – Legally Blonde: The Musical
New Milford H.S. – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Paramus H.S. – Legally Blonde: The Musical
Ramsey H.S. – Crazy for You
River Dell H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress
Saddle River Day School – Grease
St. Joseph Regional H.S. – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels