Photo: One of the best show’s this year; BHS PAC’s “Chicago”
Belmont High’s Performing Arts Company’s production of the musical “Chicago” has been nominated as one of the top show produced by a high school this year.
Wednesday, May 31, the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild announced nominations for its annual Musical Theater Awards and Chicago was nominated in several categories including:
- Best Lighting Design and Execution
- Best Stage Management
- Best Student Orchestra
- Best Dance Ensemble
- Best Specialty Ensemble: The Featured Dancers
- Best Featured Actress: Miriam Cubstead at Hunyak
- Best Overall Production
“A huge congratulation goes first and foremost to the entire student cast and crew of the show,” said Ezra Flam, the high school’s Theater Specialist, and “Chicago”‘s Producer/Director
“As the Best Overall Production nomination indicates, every element of our show was strong, not just those that were nominated. It’s a testament to the hard work of all of our students who put so much of their time, energy and passion into the show,” he said.
Forty-eight high schools across the state submitted productions for consideration this year. Each production was seen by three adjudicators who scored the shows in some categories. In each category, the five or six highest scoring productions/individuals were nominated for their work, and five shows were selected by a panel as nominees for “Best Overall Production.”
Flam also congratulated and thanked the adults “whose contributions to the show and worked with the PAC is an essential part of what we do” including Allie Lutkevich, Vocal Director; JennyLifson, Choreographer; Paul Ketchen, Pit Band Director; Chris Fournier, Lighting Designer; Anna Moss, Scenic Designer; Ian O’Malley, Technical Director; and Lila West, costume designer.
“More than the public recognition, I am proud of the show and of the work of the Performing Arts Company as a whole. I am lucky to work every day with a wonderful group of students and colleagues,” said Flam.
The MET Award Ceremony will be held June 24 at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston. All the nominees are recognized, with an award presented to the top scoring school in each category.