Hamptons Happenings...(Riverhead, NY) And the Teeny Awards goes to….I had the pleasure to attend the 11th Annual 2013 Teeny Awards on June 9th at the Southold Junior-Senior High School presented by The East End Arts. This was my first time going to a Teeny Awards, my oldest was not interested in ActingNominees were decked out in their formal attire, decorated the pre-show red carpet, and at the commencement of the awards ceremony, were presented individually to the audience as they filed into the spotlight onstage one at a time to thunderous applause. Arts supporters, theatre professionals, and prominent community members presented the winning awards, and each winner received a glass trophy. The Teeny Awards, conceived from the idea of the Antoinette Perry Awards – The Tony Awards – for Broadway shows, has been celebrating excellence in high school theatre across the East End of Long Island since 2002, and is presented and coordinated by East End Arts.
The audience was treated to scenes from some outstanding performances from this year’s productions from the 17 participating high schools in the region, and celebrated the best of the best in East End high school theatre. Performances included: “Summer Nights” from Grease by Southold High School; “Brotherhood of Man” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by Longwood High School; “The Tornado Ballet” from The Wiz by Center Moriches High School.
Bonnie Grice, award-winning broadcaster, producer, host and interviewer, returned once again to serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
The 2013 Teeny Awards winners are:Lead Actress in a Musical Emily Hinz, Pierson, Funny Girl DRAMA Lead Actor in a Drama, Brian Rocha, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind Lead Actress in a Drama Nicole Chiuchiolo, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Supporting Actor in a Drama Patrick O’Brien, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Supporting Actress in a Drama Danielle Allen, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Lead Actor in a Comedy Sean Mannix, Shoreham-Wading River, Don’t Drink the Water OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Lead Actress in a Comedy Rachel Rienecker, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace Supporting Actor in a Comedy Jack Vicari, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace Supporting Actress in a Comedy Gwyn Foley, Mattituck, Are Teachers Human? Supporting Actor in a Musical Matthew Drinkwater, Greenport, Guys & Dolls Supporting Actress in a Musical Lea Giambruno, Shelter Island, Legally Blonde Lead Actor in a Musical John Coyne, Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE This category was created to recognize a student who shines brightly in a role that is not eligible for adjudication in the leading or supporting categories. Rebecca Dwoskin, Pierson, Funny Girl JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARD This award is for a particular scene, musical number, dance number, or group that the judges feel stands out enough to warrant special recognition. This year, the recipient is The Greek Chorus from Shelter Island’s Legally Blonde.
CHOREOGRAPHY – TIEMegan McGuinness and Jennifer Navarrete, Eastport-South Manor, The Music Man Ryan Schaefer, Center Moriches, The Wiz PLAYBILL/POSTER ART Amanda Tomasello, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind
TECHNICAL DESIGN RECOGNITION – I really do wish that this was a judged category, and I have to admit I did not understand why this category was only reduced to recognition. I guess it is because they were all so good they could not choose a winner.Savannah Calderale, Southold, Grease – Set Design Denis Hartnett, Pierson, Funny Girl – Set Design Shane Hennessey, Pierson, Funny Girl – Lighting Design Catherine Penn, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace and Footloose – Costume Design Daniel Lilley, Longwood, M*A*S*H* – Lighting Design
INNOVATIONS IN THEATRE EDUCATION This award recognizes the efforts of a school that goes above and beyond to support exceptional theatre arts education. This year, Bridgehampton High School is being recognized for its production of A Night on Broadway: A Musical Revue, which was a non-book musical written, performed and produced by its students and volunteer staff. This is the first theatrical production in the school, and, we hope, will be the first of many.
Congratulations to All of the 2013 winners…. You are all so very talented…Next year Lilly Spellman, you are so talented, Congratulations on being nominated.