Just got word from producer Danielle Rudess that the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards will return to Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Arts on June 3.
It’s an outcome that was put in doubt last October when the former moviehoise was shuttered abruptly, a $300,000 deficit cited.
Since then, the city, which owns the hall, has sought a new management team to run the 1,025-seat venue. After interviewing three teams, including the owners of the Tarrytown Music Hall, Peekskill in February settled on Kurt Heitmann’s Red House Entertainment group, which includes Abigail Adams, who has ties to the Garrison-based Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
The decision on the Metro Awards keeps the loudest, proudest night of high-school theater in Westchester.
Rudess had contemplated moving the awards ceremony, honoring achievement at schools from Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties, to Bergen Performing Arts Center if the Paramount weren’t an option.
Today’s news is the first step back to what might be considered “business as usual” at the Paramount, the awards show’s home for six years.