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Harrison High School Wins Metro Award For Best Production

Hundreds of high school students line up outside of Peekskill's Paramount Center For The Arts Monday night for the 2013 High School Theater Awards. Photo Credit: Nathan Bruttell
Peekskill High School's "Once On This Island" was nominated for three awards but did not take home any Metros. Photo Credit: Nathan Bruttell
Harrison High School's "Crazy For You" won the 2013 Metro for Outstanding Overall Production. Photo Credit: Nathan Bruttell

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- There was laughter, roars of applause and even a few tears Monday night at Peekskill's Paramount Center For The Arts for the 2013 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards.

Harrison High School stole the show, taking several awards for the show "Crazy For You" including Outstanding Overall Production. The "Metros" began in 1998 “to shine a spotlight on the exceptional musical theater productions, talented actors and actresses and devoted creative teams who take to the stage every spring in our local high schools,” according to the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre, the company that hands out the awards. Larchmont's own John Treacy Egan, Broadway star of "The Producers" hosted Monday night's show in front of a packed Paramount.

About 40 high schools from Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties entered the competition this year. Metros Producer Danielle Rudess said she was especially proud of the show's 15th year.

"I call it the 'pep rally in black tie' because it's the one time of year that theater students, teachers and parents from all over the Hudson Valley gather to celebrate all of the amazing talent we have in this community," Rudess said. "It's always wonderful to hear the music start and then to hear the screaming and the celebration starts."

Peekskill High School was nominated for three Metros, Outstanding Instrumentalist, Dance Performance and Costume Design but did not take home any awards. Yorktown's Lakeland High School was nominated for two awards, Outstanding Instrumentalist and Outstanding Duet but did not win any awards.

Rudess said there were many standout performances this year that made the competition very tough. But it's not about who wins or loses, she said.

"Whether they win or lose, it's a celebration of all of the incredible talent we have here," she said. "We had a great night."

For a full list of nominations and winners, residents can check out the Metros website .

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