On Thursday, May 19 at 8:00 am, we stopped by Clarence High School to celebrate their win of the Kenny's Outstanding Musical Production award for their performance of Young Frankenstein. Lauren Hall and WIVB Channel 4 news joined us to air two live shots on Channel 4's Wake Up this morning.
At 8:10 am, the cast of Young Frankenstein performed a feature from their production for the camera and a small invited audience of administrators and parents. Once they completed their feature, Carlisle Lipke from the Lipke Foundation and John Schaller from Shea's Performing Arts Center congratulated everyone involved in the production on their incredible production, and presented Clarence High School with a $5,000 check to be used solely by their theatre department. Then staff members from Shea's and Lipke presented each member of the cast, crew, orchestra, and directing team at Clarence with a bronze medallion for their efforts.
Vocal Master Class led by Danielle Rogers & Jen Tylock
Acting for the Camera led by Josie Divencenzo
Scene & Monologue Study led by Jennifer Fitzery
Arts Management led by Jen Swan
Stage Combat led by Steve Vaughan
Vocal Health led by Leah Wietig
Cardinal O'Hara rehearsing for part of their performance from Anything Goes.
Williamsville East rehearsing for part of their performance from The Wiz.
St. Francis rehearsing for part of their performance from Jesus Christ Superstar.
Clarence rehearsing part of their performance from Young Frankenstein.
Forestville rehearsing part of their performance from Into the Woods.
Thank you to the many talented theatre professionals as workshop instructors and our own wonderful stage crew running rehearsals! We hope today was an informative and enlightening experience for our finalists.
The Lipke Foundation and Shea’s Performing Arts Center thanks all who participated in Kenny Day.
A special thank you to our marvelous instructors!
Sarah Dodd / UB Department of Theatre & Dance
Josie DiVincenzo / Niagara University’s Department of Theatre and Fine Arts
Karen Eichler / Defiant Monkey Improv
John Elston / Road Less Traveled Productions
Jennifer Fitzery / Shea's Performing Arts Center
Gina Gandolfo-Lopez / Road Less Traveled Productions
Jason Juenker / NETworks Presentations
Anne Kurtis / Buffalo Laboratory Theatre
Vincent O’Neill / UB Department of Theatre & Dance & Irish Classical Theatre Company
Fortunato Pezzimenti / Irish Classical Theatre Company
Talia Putrino / UB Department of Theatre & Dance
Danielle Rodgers / Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Pro-Core & Music Educator
Bret Runyon / DC Theatricks
Tracy Snyder / Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Andrew Spragge / Defiant Monkey Improv
Jennifer Swan / Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI)
Jennifer Tylock / Music Educator & High School Musical Director & Producer
Steve Vaughan / Society of American Fight Directors
Leah Wietig / Main Stage Studios
Joy Ann Wrona / Theatre Performer, Director & Instructor
The Kenny Awards are proud to have been recognizing area high schools and their students, theatre faculty, staff, and volunteers for their talent and dedication to musical theatre for over 20 years. The energy, creativity, and teamwork of all these people are truly deserving of recognition. We are honored to offer them the opportunity to perform on the same stage as many Broadway legends and musical hits such as The Lion King, Wicked, and Mary Poppins.
The Kenny Awards were designed to honor and recognize all the talent, hard work and dedication of students across Western New York. 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 educational initiative. This year, we have ten finalist schools, fourteen awards, over fifteen theatre workshops, and a ceremony with each school performing on the Shea’s Buffalo main stage.
On Saturday May 14th all ten finalists will be joining us to rehearse, participate in workshops led by theatre professionals, and meet and spend time with over 400 fellow theatre lovers. Before check in and registration at 8:00am, the final preparations for Kenny Day were underway.
The main stage at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre almost ready for tonight’s 2016 Kenny Awards ceremony:
The awards and certificates awaiting their recipients:
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.