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Blind Brook Students Nominated for Theater Awards

RYE BROOK, N.Y. ? Drama Club members at Blind Brook High School have been nominated for eight Metropolitan High School Theater Awards for their work and performances in the school's spring musical, "Hello, Dolly!"

Individual students honored with nominations include lead actress Nora Fisher, Outstanding Acting Performance; freshman Cole Bauer, Outstanding Supporting Actor; junior Lindsay Nuckel, Outstanding Vocal Performance; Rachel Simon, Outstanding Graphic Design, and Jessie Bauer and Jordan Hochberg, Costume Design. The drama club was also nominated for Oustanding Stage Crew and Outstanding Costume Design.

Bauer, who won the Metropolitan Award for Outstanding Child Actor three years ago, said it was an honor to be nominated and to take part in the show.

"All the hard work paid off," Bauer said. "It was such an incredible experience. I was just so happy to be a part of it."

Nuckel, who won the award for Outstanding Vocal Perfomance in 2011, spoke about the specific challenges she and the rest of the cast faced with "Hello, Dolly!"

"It was definitely a challenge because I've never really played a romantic lead like that before, but everyone was a really cool cat about it and I feel like I learned a lot," Nuckel said.

In addition to the student nominations, the show's director, English teacher Christina Colangelo, was nominated for Outstanding Direction for the third time in six years.

"It was surprising," Colangelo said. "I'm very happy about the kids getting nominated, but it's nice to be recognized, too."

The awards ceremony will be held June 4 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill. For more information, visit the awards website.

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