Between now and April 2017, the Kenny Awards judges will view and evaluate the finalists' productions. In mid-April 2017, the Kenny Awards will announce the nominees in each of the 13 award categories. Then, on Saturday, May 13, students from all 10 of the finalist schools will spend the day at Shea's Performing Arts Center participating in complimentary theatre-based workshops and rehearsals led by area theatre professionals.
That evening at 6:00 pm, all the schools will present a 6-minute feature from their show on the Shea's Buffalo stage during the awards ceremony, followed by the announcement of the awards. The awards include various categorical and individual awards. The two student winners of the Outstanding Leading Actor and Actress awards will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York City in June 2017 to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. The school that wins the Outstanding Musical Production award will receive a $5,000 grant from the Lipke Foundation to be used solely for their theatre program.
Tickets to the awards ceremony will be available starting on Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 am at Shea's Ticket Office or through Ticketmaster online or by phone. Pre-sale tickets will also be available through the finalist schools in mid-April.
For more information about the 2017 Kenny Awards program, click here.
Members of Starpoint High School's drama club take a photo in front of the Buffalo Theatre District sign after their interview with the Kenny judges.
The Kenny Awards program is constantly looking for ways to expand its reach and impact more students. This year, the Kenny judges will be attending the performances of every school that applied to the program to review their show and provide feedback to their directors. The Kenny program feels strongly that all students should have access to the arts and free or low-cost educational opportunities within the arts. As the program continues to expand, the Kennys will be reaching out to all the incredible high school musical theatre programs that exist in Western New York for feedback and suggestions about the direction of the program.
If you would like more information on the program or to learn how to get involved, contact Holly Grant at email@example.com or 716-829-1171.
On Thursday, October 6, fourteen students, including several past Kenny Awards participants, nominees and winners, were selected to assist Shea's staff with a Finding Neverland media event. The mix of college and high school students from across Western New York shadowed Shea's staff members as they worked with media and members of Finding Neverland's cast and creative teams. And they were treated to a preview of the musical number "Believe" by the full cast.
Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (frontman and lead-singer of UK pop sensation Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels, this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.
Finding Neverland is opening its national tour in Buffalo, NY and has been teching at Shea's since September 19. Finding Neverland will open the Shea's M&T Bank 2016-2017 Broadway Series starting on Friday, October 7, and runs through Saturday, October 15. Tickets are available by phone at 1-800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or at Shea's Box Office located at 650 Main St.
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.