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BHS Drama Club Earns 9 Nominations in Prestigious High School Musical Competition
Posted 05/24/2013 01:53PM

BHS Drama Club Earns 9 Nominations in Prestigious High School Musical Competition

Brockton High School is the only urban high school to be honored in the first-ever contest, sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild and Broadway in Boston


Brockton High School Drama Director Bob Hogan admitted that as he sat with his 150+ students in the school’s Little Theater on May 23rd, watching a live stream of Broadway in Boston’s new High School Musical Awards, was a bit like watching the Tony Award nominations.

But it might just have been better, because Brockton High earned nine nominations – from best production to best actor to best choreography and lighting design for its production of “The Wedding Singer,” which was staged earlier this month.

“It was just amazing. We were all holding our breath,” said Hogan, who has led the BHS Drama Department for the past eight years as director, and who is a graduate of the program himself. “It’s such a validation of what we do here. We could not be more proud of our students – they excelled in acting, dancing, set design, lighting, stage management and direction, choreography and choral ensemble. It’s fabulous.”

Hogan said he was especially proud of his students because Brockton High School was the only urban school to be recognized.

“This is a very, very big deal, and to be the only urban high school participating in the finals is very important to us,” he said.

This year for the first time ever, the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, the governing body of high school theater in the state, has partnered with Broadway in Boston to recognize outstanding work in high school musicals. Throughout the year, the two organizations sent scouts to more than forty-five high school musical productions across the state and singled out the best of the best. An awards ceremony will be held June 11th at the Paramount Theater in Boston, and parts of the nominated productions will be staged.

“At Brockton High School, we pride ourselves on giving our students the opportunity to excel in all areas – academics, athletics and the arts. And even when times have been difficult, our community has always invested in its students, ensuring they had the best possible high school experience. These nominations prove that we have one of the best programs around, and we are all cheering for Bob Hogan and the Drama Club today,” said Interim Principal Michael P. Thomas.

More than 150 Brockton High School students participated in staging “The Wedding Singer,” a musical based on the 1998 movie starting Adam Sandler. There are 100 students in the cast – from the lead actors to dancers and choral members – and approximately 50 crew members who do everything from building sets to lighting, costumes and backstage management.

The Brockton High School musical is typically a hot ticket in town, as the size and scale of the production – this year’s show cost more than $50,000 to stage – puts it on par with many professional productions.

“Going to the Brockton High School musical is a rite of spring for many Brocktonians, even those who don’t have children in the program,” said Interim Superintendent John Jerome. “The work that the students and staff do is truly amazing, and it’s something the entire community can be proud of.”

The Brockton Drama Club received nine nominations in the following categories:

Best Lighting Design

Best Choreography

Best Choral Ensemble

Best Musical Direction

Best Stage Direction

Best Stage Management

Best Featured Actor – Andrew Cooper

Best Leading Actor – Derek Jackson

Best Production


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