Cast members and chorus received nominations for their performances in The Color Purple
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (May 16, 2018) — Mount Vernon performing arts students are among the nominees for the 20th annual Metro Awards, the high school equivalent of the Tony Awards for schools from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Bergen counties.
Ajanee Thomas was nominated in the category of Female Acting Performance for her portrayal of Celie. In the category of Child Actor, Mariam Saidykhan who played Young Celie, was also nominated. For her role as Sofia, Dionysia Placide was nominated in the category of Actress in a Supporting Role. Aaron Davis was nominated in the category of Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Harpo. Finally, the ensemble was nominated for outside performance of “The Color Purple.”
“I couldn’t be prouder of our cast and crew, and I’m so pleased to see so many of them being recognized for their outstanding performances,” said Collins. “They rehearsed six days a week for five weeks to create a memorable theatrical and musical experience for the community. It’s clear by their many nominations that their performances were reflective of their hard work.”
Students in Mount Vernon, Thornton and Mandela High Schools and select students from the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet School captivated audiences with four performances of The Color Purple at Mount Vernon High School in early May. The cast delivered a powerful performance that brought the audience to tears and ultimately to their feet.
The musical was produced and directed by Evelyn Collins; with musical direction by Alvin Waddles; set design by Janet Rush; lighting design by Antoinette Tynes; choreography by Samuel Reid; vocal direction by Terri Cann, and costumes designed by Gladys James.
The Metros will be presented on June 11 in the Concert Hall at Purchase PAC on the campus of Purchase College.
Picture features (from left to right): Dionysia Placide, nominated in the category of Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Sofia and Aaron Davis, nominated in the category of Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Harpo
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