Barker High School - Oklahoma!
Cardinal O'Hara High School - Anything Goes
City Honors School - Gypsy
Clarence High School - Young Frankenstein
Forestville Central School - Into the Woods
Fredonia High School - Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida
Frontier High School - The Addams Family
St. Francis High School - Jesus Christ Superstar
Williamsville East High School - The Wiz
Wilson Central High School - Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
After viewing the productions of all finalists, the Kenny judges will award the top schools and students for their efforts, including giving “The Kenny” for Outstanding Musical Production. The Kenny includes a $5,000 grant from the Lipke Foundation to be used solely by the school’s theatre department. Other awards include categories for individual performances in leading and supporting roles, as well as areas of technical production, orchestration, choreography, set design, and vocal performance.
The Kenny Awards strives to recognize and honor the hard work of Western New York high school students in musical productions. We also firmly believe in the educational and long-lasting lessons that theatre education provides, including the many transferable skills such as collaboration, team work, confidence, and empathy. As a result, our Kenny finalists will spend the entire day with us on Saturday, May 14 participating in complimentary theatre-based workshops, rehearsing on Shea's main stage, making new friends who share common interests, and, of course, participating in the awards ceremony.
New for this year - Shea’s is one of 30+ theatres and organizations nationwide participating in the National High School Musical Awards program, which will allow the winners of the Outstanding Leading Actress and Actor awards to win an all-expenses-paid, week-long trip to New York City to compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in June, 2016.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will include rehearsals with Broadway actors and musicians, performances and other beneficial experiences. The winners of the “Jimmy Awards” will each receive a $10,000 scholarship, and runner-ups receive $2,500 scholarships.
In the meantime, we hope you will support our finalists' productions and the productions of all the other area high schools!