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Stepinac Drama Club Director Frank Portanova and Musical Director Chloe Sasson Win
2014 Metro Awards for Mary Poppins

Croton Junior Christine Turturro Wins Award for Leading Actor

Archbishop Stepinac High School Drama Club’s spring production of Mary Poppins captured the attention of judges this year at the Annual Metropolitan High School Theater (Metro) Awards on June 2. Faculty members Frank Portanova and Chloe Sasson won awards for their roles as director and musical director. In addition, Croton High School junior Christine Turturro won for her leading role. This was the first year that the Metro Awards were held at Stepinac.

Stepinac’s production of Mary Poppins follows last year’s successful musical Evita. The Stepinac Drama Club is one of only six high schools in the nation to receive the pilot license from Walt Disney Theatricals to produce the regional premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins.

The classical Disney story of the whimsical, proper, and high-spirited nanny consisted of a cast of nearly 100 students including the stage crew. Christine Turturro of Croton-on-Hudson played the leading female role as Mary Poppins, and John Guaragna of Yonkers portrayed the leading male role, Bert. Additionally, two-time Helen Hayes Award winner Chris Guzman of White Plains played George Banks and Amelia Sasson of Mt. Kisco played Winifred Banks. And elementary school students, Avery Avellino of Cortlandt Manor and Dahlia White of Elmsford played the spirited Banks’ children, Michael and Jane. The rest of the cast included students from Briarcliff Manor, Cortlandt Manor, Elmsford, Harrison, Hartsdale, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Ossining, Port Chester, Rye, Scarsdale, Thornwood, as well as the Bronx and Connecticut.