The 2018 Kenny Awards
The Kenny Awards were established by The Lipke Foundation and Shea's Performing Arts Center in 1993 to recognize the talent, dedication, and achievement of student performers. Any high school in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, or Allegany counties is invited to apply for the program in the fall.
"The Kenny," given to one school for Outstanding Musical Production, was created in honor of the late Dr. Ken Lipke, the founder of Gibraltar Steel. This award is a testament to Dr. LIpke's passion and dedication to the arts, and to his belief that the business community is an integral pillar of support for the arts. Recipients of The Kenny receive a $5,000 grand from The Lipke Foundation in support of their theatre department. Since its inception, The Kenny Awards have given $120,000 to high school theatre programs throughout Western New York.
We are excited to be able to send the winners of our Outstanding Leading Actor and Actress awards to New York City in June 2018 to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program, aka The Jimmy Awards, for the third year. This incredible opportunity provides students with complimentary travel to and lodging in NYC, training with Broadway professionals, and the opportunity to perform on a Broadway stage.
Thank you to all our judges, volunteers, staff, and everyone else who supports the Kenny program and high school musical theatre in the our schools. None of this would be possible without your support!
Congratulations to all of our finalists, nominees, and award winners!
Click here for a complete list of nominees and winners.
Click here to check out the 2018 nominees.
Click here to see photos from the 25th anniversary year.
We are excited to announce our 2018 Finalists:
- Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts - Chicago
- Dunkirk High School - Little Shop of Horrors
- Eden Jr/Sr High School - Catch Me If You Can
- Forestville Central School - Disney's Beauty & the Beast
- Lewiston Porter High School - Into the Woods
- Pioneer Central School - Mary Poppins
- St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Starpoint High School - Mary Poppins
- Tonawanda High School - Jekyll & Hyde
- West Seneca West High School - Anything Goes
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Wednesday, December 28 for our Alumni Night!
Check out the highlight video below from our official videographer Jim Panzarella!
More Alumni Opportunities
Join the Kenny Awards Alumni group on Facebook!
Reconnect with old friends and share memories with other Kenny alumni! Click here to view the group and join!
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The 2018 Kenny Awards are sponsored by:
Center Stage Sponsors
St. Bonaventure University Dept of Theatre
ABC Bel Canto Choirs
American Academy of Ballet of WNY
Williamsville Performing Arts Studio
Buffalo State College Department of Theatre & Dance
ZPAC - Stacy Zawadzki's Performing Arts Center
Additional support provided by: The Playground Academy