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15th Annual Teeny Awards Winners Announced at the Awards Ceremony (posted June 4, 2017)

15th Annual Teeny Awards Winners Announced at the Awards Ceremony (posted June 4, 2017)

News Release

Contact: Anita Boyer, Teeny Awards Coordinator
teenyawards@eastendarts.org
631-507-4603
Images available upon request after Tuesday, June 6, 2017

15th Annual Teeny Awards Winners
Announced at the Awards Ceremony
Held at Southampton High School on Sunday, June 4, 2017
Presented by East End Arts

(RIVERHEAD, NY, June 4, 2017) – East End Arts is thrilled to announce the 2016-17 Teeny Awards winners, presented during the formal awards ceremony held at Southampton High School on Sunday, June 4, 2017. Nominees, dressed to the nines 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 16 participating high schools in the region, and celebrated the best of the best in East End high school theatre. Performances included:
• “Carnival” from In The Heights at East Hampton
• “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound Of Music at Westhampton Beach
• “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now” from Hairspray at Riverhead
• “Stumble Along” from The Drowsy Chaperone at Mattituck
• “Show People” from Curtains at Shelter Island
• “I Have A Love/A Boy Like That” from West Side Story at Shoreham-Wading River
• “The More We Dance” from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Longwood
• “L-ve While You Can” Scene from The Drowsy Chaperone at Pierson
• “Pray” from Once On This Island at Greenport
• “It Takes Two” from Into The Woods at Southampton
• “One Day More” from Les Misérables at Southold

The Teeny Awards Ceremony was hosted by Walker Vreeland, radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer, and voice-over artist. Honored guests and sponsors presenting awards include: Kristen Lee Curcie, Special Events Associate, Guild Hall, and Teeny Awards Coordinator 2018; Rob DiSario, Teeny Awards Alumnus - Westhampton Beach High School; Andrea Grover, Executive Director, Guild Hall; Denis Hartnett, Teeny Awards Alumnus - Pierson High School; Franklin Krzyzewski, Teeny Awards Alumnus - Hampton Bays High School; Sean Mannix, Teeny Awards Alumnus - Shoreham-Wading River High School; Mary Ann Martorano, retired teacher, Founding Supporter of the Teeny Awards; Toni Munna, Founder and former Teeny Awards Coordinator; Diane Murray, SVP / Chief Risk Officer, Empire National Bank; Naomi (Robert C. Kohnken), entertainer and Teeny Awards Alumnus - Pierson High School; Anita Nigrel, Vice President, Customer Experience Manager, People’s United Bank; Tramar Pettaway, Teeny Awards Alumnus - Southampton High School; Julienne Penza-Boone, Director of Arts Education, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center; Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., New York State Assemblyman, District 2.

Anita Boyer, East End Arts Teeny Awards Coordinator, comments about this year’s program: "I am so proud of this year’s group of performers and am thrilled at this incredible opportunity to honor them. Being the coordinator for East End Arts Teeny Awards these last four years has been such a great experience and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I hope that the students, directors, and everyone involved in high school theatre programs continue to create and cultivate the arts as they are of integral importance to our communities. Thank you all so much, and a huge thank you and “good luck” to my fabulous successor Kristen Curcie!"

The 15th Annual Teeny Awards is made possible by the support of sponsors. East End Arts extends its thanks to People's United Bank, Riverhead Toyota, Macy's, Empire National Bank, as well as, Joanna Paulsen & Jed Clauss, Mary Ann & Joseph Martorano, Sea Tow, Tanger Outlets of Riverhead, and media sponsors WPPB 88.3 FM, myLITV.com, and 101.7 The Beach.

The 15th Annual Teeny Awards (2016-17) winners are:

PLAY

Lead Male in a Play – TIE
Alex Bradley in the role of Merle in “You Can’t Beat the House” at Mattituck
Matthew Schiavoni in the role of Elwood P. Dowd in “Harvey” at Pierson

Lead Female in a Play
Colleen Kelly in the role of Howie in “You Can’t Beat the House” at Mattituck

Supporting Male in a Play
Connor Vaccariello in the role of Dave in “Almost Maine” at Southold/Greenport Drama

Supporting Female in a Play
Alexandra Meli in the role of Polly in “Play On!” at Shoreham-Wading River

MUSICAL

Lead Male in a Musical
Christiaan Padavan in the role of Gomez in “Addams Family” at Hampton Bays

Lead Female in a Musical
Maddy Seitles in the role of Maria in “The Sound of Music” at Westhampton Beach

Supporting Male in a Musical
Sean Okula in the role of Thenardie in “Les Misérables” at Southold

Supporting Female in a Musical – TIE
Madison Mannix in the role of Daniela in “In The Heights” at East Hampton
Meg Pickerell in the role of Madame Thenardie in “Les Misérables” at Southold

OUTSTANDING PERFORMER – TIE
Lauren Anasky in the role of Penny Pingleton in “Hairspray” at Riverhead
Dylan Andrews in the role of General Genghis Khan in “Seussical The Musical” in Center
Moriches
Ella Baldwin in the role of Velma Von Tussle in “Hairspray” at Riverhead
Skylar Wowak in the role of Velma Von Tussle in “Hairspray” at Riverhead

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Zach Ionatta for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Longwood

OUTSTANDING PLAYBILL & POSTER DESIGN
Nestor Menjivar for “Almost Maine” at Southold/Greenport Drama

JUDGES' CHOICE AWARD
This award is chosen by the judges in a vote. It is for a particular scene, musical number, dance
number, ensemble effort, or group that the judges feel stands out enough to warrant the special
recognition.
This year, the recipient is the musical number “Carnival” from “In The Heights” at East Hampton
for their energy and celebration of diversity on stage!

TECHNICAL RECOGNITION HONOREES

Stage Managers
Andrew Castellano for “Seussical the Musical” at Center Moriches
Alison Coffey for “Beauty and the Beast” and “Once Upon a Mattress” at McGann-Mercy
Hannah Dayton for “One Acts” at Ross
Julia Dzakonski for “The Addams Family” at Hampton Bays
Shane Factora for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Longwood
Natalie Federico for “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Pierson
Thomas Galina as Crew Chief for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Longwood
John Gensler for “Almost Maine” and “Les Misérables” at Southold/Greenport Drama
Gaby Gonzalez for “Can’t Beat the House” for Mattituck
Garrick Hughes for “Once On This Island” at Greenport
Ginger Hughers for “Once On This Island” at Greenport
Natalie Jepson for “West Side Story” at Shoreham-Wading River
Evelyn Kennedy-Jaffe for “Hairspray” at Riverhead
Nick Knab for “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Pierson
Jillian Laper for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Longwood
Sabrina Liddle for “One Acts” at Ross
Hunter Mancuso as Co-Crew Chief for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Longwood
Andrea Menjivar for “Les Misérables” at Southold
Kyle Oak for “The Crucible” and “Hairspray” at Riverhead
Jessica Scheer for “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Mattituck
Danny Shuster for “Seussical the Musical” at Center Moriches
Rachel Williams for “Harvey” at Pierson

Lighting Design
Paul Anderson for “Harvey” and “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Pierson
Alec Giafurta for “Into the Woods” at Southampton
Gabrielle Reyes for “Macbeth” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Longwood

Audio Design
Griffin Federico for “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Pierson
Amanda Gallagher for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Longwood
Meaghan McDonough for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Longwood

Assistant Director
Joy Davis for “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Mattituck
Simone Kessler for “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Pierson
Haley Krauss for “Seussical the Musical” at Center Moriches
Cassandra Nine for “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Mattituck
Kyle Oak for “Hairspray” at Riverhead
Erin Pfister for “Seussical the Musical” at Center Moriches
Page Volkmann for “Seussical the Musical” at Center Moriches
Rachel Williams for “Harvey” at Pierson

Costume Design
Ella Baldwin for “Hairspray” at Riverhead
Gina Bassemir for “Hairspray” at Riverhead
Evelyn Kennedy-Jaffe for “Hairspray” at Riverhead
Kierra Prentiss for “Hairspray” at Riverhead

Producer and Publicity
Gaby Gonzalez for “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Mattituck

All nominees and winners are listed at eastendarts.org/programs/teeny-2017-nominees.html.

For more information about the Teeny Awards, contact Anita Boyer at teenyawards@eastendarts.org or 631-507-4603, or visit eastendarts.org/programs/teeny-awards.html.

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