MAY 2017
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Whodunit Nets Multiple Metro Award Nominations

Demarest, NJ: The award-winning performing arts program at the Academy of the Holy Angels is poised to receive additional accolades after receiving multiple nominations for the 2017 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards. The Academy’s spring musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” earned the most nominations among the participating Bergen County schools. 

“Drood” has been nominated in multiple categories, including Overall Production; Actor in a Leading Role, Patrick Buckley; Acting Performance – Male, Cristian Puhlosky; Vocal Performance, Ariela Pizza; Stage Crew; Lobby Display; Graphic Design; Direction, Katie McSherry; Musical Direction, George Croom; Choreography, Ariane Ryan; Costume Design, Ruth Morley; and Scenic Design, Anthony Freitas.

“We are so thrilled to receive this recognition from the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards,” said Director Katie McSherry. ”There are so many talented theater programs in New York and New Jersey, so it is a special honor to have the most nominations of all New Jersey schools. Our theater program at Holy Angels has really grown in the past few years and we are eager to see what the future holds for us.”

This year, 53 schools in Bergen County, and New York’s Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam counties entered the Metro Award competition. The awards are produced by Danielle Rudess of the Helen Hayes Youth Theater in Nyack, New York.

The awards will be presented June 12 at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center and the ceremony will be carried online on and

AHA’s 2016 production of “Children of Eden” was nominated for six Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, and earned three: Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction, George Croom;  Outstanding Performance by a Chorus; and Outstanding Direction, Katie McSherry. Ariela Pizza also earned the Metropolitan High School Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.


Since 1879, thousands of women have passed through the portals of Academy of the Holy Angels high school, the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts and athletics. Our goal is to provide each girl with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically, by offering a first –rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity and giving service to others.

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