On Wednesday March 9, 30 of our Kenny finalists helped announce our 16-17 Broadway series shows and special engagements. As they stood upon the massive stage for the first time, Shea’s production staff walked the students through the rehearsal. Speaking at the podium can be nerve-racking even when the house is empty, however, each student exhibited confidence and excitement during rehearsal.
During the rehearsal, each group of students was called to the stage to practice their speeches and the routine. Speaking at the podium can be nerve-wracking even when the house is empty; however, each student stood with poise and confidence when practicing their speeches.
Every year, Shea's offers a sneak preview of the coming Broadway season to its season ticket holders before it's announced to the public. The event includes guest presenters, videos, a complimentary dessert reception, and live performances from some of the coming shows. We were very excited to have 30 of our Kenny finalists help us announce our 16-17 Broadway series on Wednesday, March 9.
The whirlwind evening started at 4:30 pm when the students arrived at Shea's for a run through. The experience of standing on Shea's main stage for the first time can be quite overwhelming. Shea's production staff walked the students through the event and let them take turns rehearsing their speeches to an empty house before the actual announcement.
The Kenny students were then brought backstage to the catering room, where countless stars have dined between and before performances, for dinner, socializing, and last minute preparation. Then at 6:30 pm, they were brought back up to the stage for the actual announcement.
They waited anxiously on stage left for their turn to present with performers from Finding Neverland, Cabaret, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. One school at a time, the students went on stage to announce our upcoming season. Once they were finished, they were ushered into the balcony to watch the rest of the presentation.
The enthusiasm and passion from the students was palpable to the audience. By the end of the night, everyone was excited not only for the 16-17 Broadway series, but also for the Kenny ceremony on May 14.
We thank all of the students presenters for their incredible work, professionalism, and preparedness for the event. We can't wait to see all of our finalists on May 14!
For over 20 years, hundreds of outstanding high school musical theatre productions in Western New York have been recognized and honored by The Kenny Awards.