Shea's Performing Arts Center and the Lipke Foundation would like to extend our congratulations to Tonawanda High School and the cast and crew of The Addams Family for winning The Kenny for Outstanding Musical Production. Representatives from Shea's and the Lipke Foundation went to Tonawanda High School on Tuesday, May 19 to celebrate the award at an assembly in front of the entire school.
The Kenny Awards were designed to honor and recognize all the talent, hard work and dedication of students across Western New York. In the 22 years that the program has been in existence, it has continually grown and is now a community building and educational tool for the finalists as well.
This year, over 300 students from our seven finalist schools joined us all day for workshops, rehearsals and the ceremony, and got to know their fellow musical theatre lovers. The first workshops began at 9:30 am. Students got to choose from eleven workshops all surrounding musical theatre. Workshops included acting, voice, dance, technical theatre, touring theatre, and more.
Check out all the workshops offered here!
When the students weren't in workshops, they were rehearsing their pieces on Shea's stage.
Panelists included representatives from Buffalo State, Niagara University, University at Buffalo, Arts Services Initiative, Irish Classical Theatre Co, NETworks Presentations, and more!
Then at 4:00 pm everyone headed to Shea's for the awards ceremony. All seven finalists performed a 5 minute feature from their production on Shea's main stage. This was our finalists moment to shine and show the Western New York community what they worked so hard all year to put together. And shine they did! Every single school performed at a very high level, rivaling the Broadway stars to who regularly grace the stage at Shea's. You can find all the photos from our 2015 event here.
And then the moment these students have been waiting for since October when they found out they would be part of the program - the awards ceremony.
You can find the full list of award winners here.
Congratulations to all of our finalists on a job well done!
For over 25 years, hundreds of outstanding high school musical theatre productions in Western New York have been recognized and honored by The Kenny Awards.