Theater Students, Production Receive 8 Metro Award Nominations

Theater Students, Production Receive 8 Metro Award Nominations photo
Rye Neck High School’s theater program received eight award nominations for its musical production of “Grease” from the prestigious 2019 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, which are organized by the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre. 

Yu Zushiden was nominated in the Dance Performance Female category for her role as Cha-Cha DeGregorio. Ethan Chin was nominated in the Dance Performance Male category for his role as Johnny Casino. Francesca DeAngelo received a nomination for Choreography, while Kathryn Krull received a nomination for Musical Direction. Ris Igrec was nominated in the Technical Merit category for her work as director of costumes. 

In addition, Rye Neck High School received a nomination in the Production Number category for the cast's performance of the “Born to Hand Jive” dance number. Rounding out the nominations were a full-cast Outstanding Chorus nomination and an Outstanding Stage Crew nomination for the hard-working students serving in backstage duties. 

"I always tell my students that the quality of our production is something we already know, without needing outside validation,” theater director Scott Harris said. “If we had been nominated for zero awards, I would feel just as proud of our cast and crew. That said, it’s nice to know our efforts were appreciated by those three judges who came to see our production.” 

The Metro Awards shine a spotlight on exceptional musical theater productions, talented actors and actresses, and creative teams from Bergen, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties, according to the awards website. 

The annual awards ceremony will be held on June 10 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.