It is easy to say that young people are making a comeback in Buffalo and on Broadway. This means that the theatre world's focus should be on educating and inspiring young people in following their dreams! From what the world saw at the past few Tony Award celebrations, young people are important to the theatre world and have real opportunity to pursue their passions at any age. It is undeniable that children in the spotlight bring a certain quality to any performance and create a nostalgia for those who have spent their lives on the stage.
Matilda the Musical!
Shea's Performing Arts Center:
November 3-8, 2015
This year at the Tony Awards the theatre community saw many wondrous sights! The best of the best displayed previews of their productions to the world at the most prestigious award ceremony in theatre history. At Shea's we value all types of theatre created by people of all ages and with programs like The Kenny Awards, Exploring the Arts, Broadway Master Classes, and Camp Broadway we can excite and educate young people in their pursuits of the stage.
The King and I was revived on Broadway this year and notably uses many children in it's cast! A classic Golden Age musical staged in modern times can often be hit or miss, but The King and I continues to enchant audiences over 60 years after its first premiere!
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.