The Metros are moving.
After several years at Peekskill’s Paramount Hudson Valley, the Metro Awards — honoring the best in participating musicals at high schools from Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties — will move down-county, to Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains.
In a letter to directors, producer Danielle Rudess (pictured, inset) announced the move for the June 2 ceremony.
“The Paramount Theater Hudson Valley has been a wonderful home to our awards ceremony, but a combination of factors has forced us to look for another location,” she wrote. “Limited dressing room space for our performers has always been a big challenge at the Paramount, Peekskill is not a centralized location for our participating schools and the rental fee is very high.”
Rudess’ letter to directors seemed to anticipate a negative reaction to moving the ceremony to Stepinac, a participating school and perennial Metros nominee.
“As you all know, the nominations and winners will be chosen weeks before the awards ceremony and our judges have no affiliation with participating schools,” she wrote.
She added that the Metros would try Stepinac’s 1,045-seat Major Bowes Theater for a year and suggested that if other schools had dressing rooms and at least 1,025 seats, they, too, could host the Metros in the coming years.
The nominations for the 2014 Metro Awards will be announced in a live webcast at 7 p.m., May 12. Ticket sales will begin May 17 and the awards will be handed out starting at 7:30 p.m., June 2 from Stepinac.
Relive moments from last year’s pre-show and ceremony here.
The Journal News is the media sponsor of The Metro Awards.