Overall, the program will be structured in the same way. Applications from interested schools must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 12, 2018. All applicants will be asked to speak with the program judges the following week, October 15-19, about their program, goals, and objectives.
Ten finalists will be announced the following week. Those ten finalists will be required to attend a directors meeting with Shea’s staff and Kenny judges, who will review the process for the entire year. Only the ten finalist schools will be eligible for the awards. Schools that apply, but that are not accepted into the program will be offered the opportunity for judges and staff members from Shea’s to view their production and provide feedback. Directors from non-finalist schools will also be invited to attend Kenny Day on Saturday, May 11 to participate in the various theatre-based workshops provided and attend the awards ceremony.
The Kenny judging panel will view each of the ten finalists’ productions and complete evaluations. Feedback and nominations will be determined based on these evaluations and provided to the schools.
There are two exciting changes for the 2019 Kenny Awards:
- We are increasing the award amount for the winning school to $10,000. This grant, provided by the Lipke Foundation, is awarded to the school that receives the Outstanding Musical Production award.
- We are also increasing the number of leading actor and actress nominees to six in each category. In addition, we are requiring all 12 of our nominees to attend a week-long boot camp where they will participate in workshops, coaching sessions, and rehearsals. A percentage of their score will come from their performance in their production, and part will come from this week-long session. This process will be explained in full during the interviews and directors’ meeting.
The award selection process for the Outstanding Musical Production will remain the same. As always, this award is given to the school that presents an outstanding overall musical given their budget, opportunities, and challenges. The grant of $10,000 is to be used solely by the school’s theatre department.
The leading actor and actress winners will still be participating in the Jimmy Awards, aka The National High School Musical Theatre Awards program, in June 2019. However, to better prepare the students for their experience, and expand the training for all nominees we are changing our scoring process for these two awards specifically.
Program applications are available now. Interested schools should complete the application and sign up for an interview date by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 12.
Contact Holly Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org org 716-829-1171 with any questions or for more information.