About The Program
What began as a 10-minute presentation on the Shea’s stage before the opening night of the Broadway tour of Guys and Dolls has grown into a year-long program which includes performances, theatre workshops, and a fully-realized awards ceremony that is open to the public.
Now in our 24th year, the Kenny Awards have recognized and celebrated hundreds of outstanding high school musical productions in the Western New York region. The volunteer Kenny judging panel, made up of area theatre and education professionals, views the productions of the program finalists throughout the year and selects nominees and award winners based on the productions they see.
The 2017 Kenny Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Shea's Performing Arts Center.
Congratulations to our 2017 Nominees & Winners!
2017 Outstanding Musical Production winner -
Maple Grove High School for Anything Goes
Maple Grove High School for Anything Goes
We are excited to announce the 2017 Kenny Awards finalists!
Thank you to our Sponsors & SUpporters!
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York
Ballroom & Beyond
Eclectic Improv Company
Genesee Picture Frame
Main Stage Studios
Road Less Traveled Productions
Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Tony Martin Awards
Kenny workshop instructors
2017 Master of Ceremonies - DJ Anthony
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Evaluation Categories include:
1. Outstanding Musical Production
Schools will be evaluated on their overall production quality, based on the school’s size and available resources. This category ties all aspects of the performance together including direction, performance, and design. Everyone involved in the production should display professionalism, talent, originality, and enthusiasm. Outstanding musical productions should effectively tell the story and plot to the audience, execute the musical score successfully, and demonstrate the diverse talents of the student population.
Performance categories include acting, singing, and dancing for individuals and ensembles. Performers should understand their characters' motivations and how they fit into the bigger picture, while executing lines, songs and movements in an accurate and artistic manner.
3. Technical Design & Execution
Technical execution includes flow and execution of set and prop changes by the stage crew or performers, sound execution and quality, lighting execution, and technical effects (animation, audio-visual, automation, and rigging) based on the school’s size and resources. To be considered for this category, all technical aspects must be run by students. Sets should be created by students, faculty, staff or volunteers and not rented or purchased. Costumes must be created by students, faculty, staff, or volunteers and not rented or borrowed.
Good: Interpretations and choices showed creativity and thought. Considering the school’s circumstances and available resources, elements were pulled together in a manner that would be considered good for artists at the high school level.
Excellent: Considering the school’s circumstances and use of available resources, the production exceeded standards and guidelines. Interpretations were strong and cohesive and elements were pulled together in a manner that would be considered excellent for artists at the high school level.
Outstanding: Considering the school’s circumstances and use of available resources, the production far exceeded all standards and guidelines. Interpretations were cohesive and strong. Caliber of work exhibited would be considered superior if executed by industry professionals working with the same budget and facility.
Download the full standards below.
Applications are available
Friday, October 14, 2016 by 5:00 pm
October 17-19, 2016
October 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Judges view shows
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Kenny Nominations Announcement
Join us on Facebook live!
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Kenny Day & Awards Ceremony
June 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm
The Jimmy Awards
Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan