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Cast and creative leaders of PMHS drama club’s ‘Into the Woods’ nominated for seven awards in two competitions

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The cast performs “Into the Woods.”

At Pelham Memorial High School, drama club Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s spring musical “Into the Woods” received seven nominations in two major awards competitions during May.

Senior Maddy Lyons and junior Liam Ginsburg were both nominated for outstanding performer honors in the Roger Rees Awards. They will now compete for a chance to advance to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, commonly known as the Jimmys.

This nomination is Ginsburg’s third in three years of high school theater. In 2022, Ginsburg he became the youngest winner of the Roger Rees Award for Best Actor as a freshman for his performance in “Bright Star.”

“I have found no greater joy than to study a character and a story and perform live in front of a crowd with an exceptional cast and crew—time and time again,” Ginsburg said.

In addition to the two Roger Rees nominations, Pelham students and faculty were nominated for five Metro Awards. The Metros celebrate excellence among 63 high school theater companies throughout Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Bergen counties.

The student nominees for the Metro Awards include Ginsburg for outstanding performance in a supporting male-identified Role, Lyons for outstanding performance in a leading female-identified role and senior Andrew Scott for outstanding performance in a cameo male-identified role.

PMHS teachers and Sock ‘n’ Buskin advisors Thomas Beck and Neil Schleifer were nominated for outstanding achievement in direction, as well as George Croom for outstanding achievement in music direction.

On June 10, the cast of “Into the Woods” will travel to SUNY Purchase for the Metro Awards ceremony where the finalist winners will be announced.

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Julia Findikyan, Contributing Editor
Julia Findikyan is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School. She discovered her love for news 5 years ago, writing for the Colonial Times. She keeps herself busy with theater, soccer, baking, and ukulele. Julia has a twin (who also writes), and she especially loves playing with her dog, Henry. Although she is busy, she loves being the Entertainment Editor for the Pelham Examiner!

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