On Saturday May 14th at 6:00 pm, our ten 2016 Kenny finalists as well as their family and friends gathered at Shea's Buffalo Theatre for the 2016 Kenny Awards Ceremony. Our Mistress of Ceremonies, Laura Hall from WIVB Channel 4's Wake Up, led the ceremony introducing each finalist before their individual performances. Carlisle Lipke, Director of the Kenny Award Program, and Tony Conte, President of Shea's Performing Arts Center, announced our award winners.
Even though all of our finalists and the students involved in their productions are truly deserving of an award of their hard work and incredible talent, we, unfortunately, cannot give everyone every award. We appreciate everyone's support for all our finalists, and congratulate all of our finalists for a job well done!
Broadway scores offer serious challenges to student musicians. Unlike a 20-30 minute segment at a typical school concert, these students are required to be ready to perform 2-3 hours of difficult material for the production. The orchestra creates the mood, supports the performers, and keeps the show moving forward. This award is given to the production with the best orchestra performance by students and faculty with limited mentors or paid professionals.
While the acting, singing, and dancing are important elements of a musical, none of it would be effective without the technical aspects of the production. The technical design helps tell the story by ensuring the audience can not only hear and see the performers, but is transported to another time and place. This award recognizes flawless set changes, sound, lighting and effects - all run by students.
It is said that when a group of individuals sing together, their heartbeats align. Choral singing requires all involved to be perfectly in sync in their intonation, rhythm, diction, and dynamics. This category honors the production with the outstanding choral performance.
The set and scenery help the audience determine the time and place of a production, and assist in telling the story. An outstanding set effectively uses the available space, while maintaining functionality and artistry. This award is for an outstanding set created by students, faculty, staff, and volunteers.
The goal of any actor in a musical or play is to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” This requires the performer to “live in the moment” and to commit to his or her actions on stage, whether it be during a choreographed dance, song, or scene. When performers do this well, the audience is able to suspend their disbelief and become fully engaged in the story being told.
Costumes help present the time period and location of the story being told. They designate a character’s status, personality, and relationships. Costumes should be tailored to fit while allowing freedom of movement. This award is for outstanding costume design created by students, faculty, staff, and volunteers.
The choreography in a production should assist in the telling of the story by reflecting the time period, and the age and social status of the characters. Outstanding execution of the choreography should be flawless, relaxed, and precise, and the dancers should remain in character throughout the entire performance.
For the purposes of this award, we are classifying an ensemble as a small group of individuals within the larger show who clicked whenever they were on stage together, or who performed one scene in such a moving and memorable way that the audience will never forget their performance.
in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wilson Central School
This award, named after Mrs. Blossom Felder Cohan, honors an actor or actress in a minor role who blossomed in his or her role, leaving a lasting impression on the audience.
in The Wiz at Williamsville East High School
in Jesus Christ Superstar at St. Francis High School
In Young Frankenstein at Clarence High School
The winner will represent western New York at the Jimmy Awards (The National High School Musical Theatre Awards) on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre on June 27th.
in Young Frankenstein at Clarence High School
The winner will represent western New York at the Jimmy Awards (The National High School Musical Theatre Awards) on Broadway on at the Minskoff Theatre on June 27th.
in The Addams Family at Frontier High School
The recipient will receive a $5,000 grant, generously donated by the Lipke Foundation, to be used only by the school's theatre department. The winning school will also be presented with a custom-made shadow box filled with memorabilia from their production, and a special assembly will be held at the school. Representatives from the Lipke Foundation and Shea's Performing Arts Center will present bronze medallions bearing the Kenny logo to each member of the cast, crew, and orchestra.
Finalists, Nominees and Winners!
Cardinal O’Hara High School Anything Goes
City Honors High School Gypsy
Clarence High School Young Frankenstein
Forestville Central High School Into the Woods
Fredonia High School Aida
Frontier High School The Addams Family
St. Francis High School Jesus Christ Superstar
Williamsville East High School The Wiz
Wilson Central High School Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat