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Stepinac's 'Phantom of the Opera' Wins Theater Awards

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Students at Archbishop Stepinac High School racked up awards at the 14th annual Metropolitan High School Theater Awards for their spring production of "Phantom of the Opera," including best overall production.

Albert Stanaj of New Rochelle took home the top prize for best leading actor, while Chris Guzman of White Plains won best supporting actor.

“The Archbishop Stepinac High School community is so proud of all of our students and staff members who produced 'The Phantom of the Opera,'"  said Frank Portanova, who directed the play. "We humbly accept the award as a token of Stepinac’s rich theatre legacy, and will use this accolade as a mandate - to not rest on our laurels - but to continue to challenge our students and staff to set the bar higher and higher for future productions,” he said.

Stepinac also won best scenic design, with Joe Lore and June Ricciardl, members of the 25-student stage crew, sharing the honor.

In all, Stepinac was nominated for 15 awards for their production of Broadway's longest-running musical.

Click here for a full list of the nominees in all categories.

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