The attendees from BHS and JGMS gathered outside the Berklee Performance Center before the ceremony

Submitted by POMS ~ Images (c) Emily Mitchell, 2019 all rights reserved

The Bedford crew was delighted to discover that last year’s BHS production of SEUSSICAL served as the event picture for the evening’s ceremony outside the Berklee Performance Center

Congratulations to the cast and crew of JGMS’s production of GUYS AND DOLLS, JR., who took home two MET Musical Awards, for Best Choral Ensemble and Best Sound Design & Execution. The MET Musical Awards ceremony was held Monday, June 10, at the Berklee Performing Arts Center in Boston.

A group of nearly 30 students, teachers, and parents from Bedford traveled to the MET Awards, with bus transportation covered by a grant from Bedford Patrons of Music Students (POMS). The students enjoyed dinner together in the Berklee neighborhood before reconvening in the auditorium for the awards ceremony.

JGMS directors Amy Budka and Barbara Ferri flank recent BHS graduate Eran Zelixon, winner of the Massachusetts Jimmy Award.

Eran Zelixon, BHS ’19, was also honored during the ceremony as the Massachusetts male winner of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, aka the Jimmy Awards, which are the high school equivalent of the Tony Awards. Eran performed a medley with other Jimmy finalists, including a solo excerpt of “If I Were a Rich Man,” from his performance as Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Eran will compete against Jimmy winners from across the country for the national award on June 24 in New York City.

Nominations for 2019

Bedford’s two spring school musicals received seven nominations this year.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, produced at BHS in March, received the following MET nominations:

  • Best supporting actress, Kate Winkler (Tzeitel)
  • Best supporting actor, Liam Oates (Motel)
  • Best acting ensemble
  • Best lighting design & execution

GUYS AND DOLLS JR., the JGMS production in April, received the following MET nominations (* denotes winner):

  • Best lead actor, Ethan Washington (Nathan Detroit)
  • Best choral ensemble*
  • Best sound design & execution*

About METG

The Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild (METG) is a nonprofit association promoting and celebrating excellence in musical theatre at the high school and middle school level. METG member schools across the Commonwealth invite adjudicators to their productions to offer critiques of each show. These adjudicated shows are then eligible to be nominated for the best performances of the year. For more information on the awards, visit https://metg.org/met-musical-awards-events/musical-awards-2019.html

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