TheatreWorks' 'Rock City' Scores Seven Nominations

New Rochelle High School's TheatreWorks entered the regional Metro Awards high school musical competition for the first time in well over a decade with its recent staging of "See Rock City and Other Destinations".
 
The result: seven nominations, including one for Outstanding Overall Production.
 
It was even more than director Anthony Stirpe had hoped for.
Nominee Jazz Jenkins in "See Rock City"
 
"It makes me believe that quality over quantity does matter," said Stirpe, who was nominated for his direction of the series of vignettes about self-exploration. "This is a testament to the students and their work. They were recognized not because of flashy sets or flashy costumes. They were nominated because they believed in the story and they communicated it to the audience with passion and talent."
 
The Metropolitan High School Theatre Awards - that's the full name - are produced by Nyack's Helen Hayes Youth Theater. The honors "shine a spotlight on the exceptional musical theater productions, talented actors and actresses and devoted creative teams" among 55 participating schools in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties in New York and Bergen County in New Jersey, according to the organization's website.
 
The categories that "See Rock City" was recognized for are:
  • Outstanding Overall Production
  • Featured Ensemble Member: Ryan Basch (Carney)
  • Ensemble Group
  • Acting Performance Female: Jazz Jenkins (Kate)
  • Comic Performance Female: Jamie Cantone (Evan)
  • Student Orchestra
  • Director: Anthony Stirpe
The awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on June 10 in the Concert Hall at Purchase College.