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AMHERST REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL OF AMHERST, MASS., RECEIVES GRAND PRIZE IN BRAVO'S 1992-1993 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL THEATER COMPETITION

Drama Department to Receive $2,500 Grant from Bravo and Dimension Cable;
 National Recognition on Bravo


Special Awards Presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at The Lord Jeffery Inn
 WOODBURY, N.Y., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Amherst Regional High School of Amherst, Mass., has been named one of three national winners in Bravo's fourth annual National High School Theater Competition.
 Amherst Regional High School won for its original performance of "The Victim." The school's drama department will receive a $2,500 grant and will be showcased nationally on Bravo. A special awards presentation, hosted by Bravo and Dimension Cable, will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at The Lord Jeffery Inn from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
 Amherst Town Manager Barry Del Castilho will be participating in the evening's presentation to honor Amherst Regional High School.
 Highlights from Amherst High School's production will be showcased nationally on Bravo's cultural news series "ArtsBreak" which airs on Saturdays at 6 p.m. (Eastern) and is interspersed throughout the network's schedule. The segment will air this fall.
 The theme of the 1992-1993 fourth annual competition was "Scenes of Distinction" featuring scenes of major plays or original productions between 10 and 20 minutes in length.
 A panel of judges headed by Peter Filichia, contributing editor for Theater Week magazine and president of the Drama Desk for the New York Association of Drama Critics, chose the winning entries. Filichia has recently written "Let's Put on a Musical" aimed at high school students, which Avon Books will be releasing this fall.
 "Amherst High School's production of 'The Victim' thrilled me because the kids knew how to deliver the difficult material," commented Filichia. "The police investigator and the victim are top-notch, giving off an especially mature air that belies their years."
 John Warthen, Amherst High School English and drama teacher, directed the student production.
 Bravo offers critically acclaimed American independent and international films as well as specials in performing arts including dance, classical and jazz music, and theater. Bravo is available to more than 11.5 million homes nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Camy Metcalf or Caroline Bock of Bravo, 516-364-2222/


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