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14th Annual Teeny Awards Winners (posted June 5, 2016)

14th Annual Teeny Awards Winners (posted June 5, 2016)

News Release

Contact: Anita Boyer, Teeny Awards Coordinator
Images available upon request after Monday, June 6, 2016

14th Annual Teeny Awards Winners
Announced at the Awards Ceremony
Held at Shoreham-Wading River High School on Sunday, June 5, 2016
Presented by East End Arts

(RIVERHEAD, NY, June 5, 2016) – East End Arts is thrilled to announce the 2015-16 Teeny Awards winners, presented during the formal awards ceremony held at Shoreham-Wading River High School on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Nominees, 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 16 participating high schools in the region, and celebrated the best of the best in East End high school theatre. Performances included:
• “Agony” from Into the Woods by Pierson High School;
• “Thank You So Much For Stopping” from One Act Play Event by Ross School;
• “If I Were a Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof by Mattituck High School;
• “I Know Where I’ve Been” from Hairspray by Southampton High School;
• “Step In Time” from Mary Poppins by Southold High School;
• “Anything Goes” from Anything Goes by Shoreham-Wading River High School!
• Cameo performances from other schools in the fabulous opening number!

The Teeny Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Rob Hinderliter, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winning (All The Way, starring Bryan Cranston) Broadway producer and actor, and former two-time Teeny Award nominee and Westhampton Beach High School graduate. Honored guests and sponsors presenting awards include: Scot Alan, Asst. to the Producer/Director of Development, Gateway Playhouse; Marc Alessi, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP; Kristen Curcie, Special Events Associate, Guild Hall; Bonnie Grice, Bonnie in the Morning, WPPB 88.3 FM; Daniel Holtzman, Principal, Shoreham-Wading River High School; Ava Locks, Education Director, Bay Street Theater; Sean Mannix, Graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School; Teeny Awards Alumnus Nominee and Winner; Maryanne Martorano, Retired Teacher; Founding Supporter of the Teeny Awards; Toni Munna, Founding Teeny Awards Coordinator; Diane Murray, SVP/Chief Risk Officer, Empire National Bank; Anita Nigrel, EVP and Chief Retail Officer, Suffolk County National Bank; Marissa Russo, Arts Education Manager, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center; Mattituck High School alumna and founding student of the Mattituck High School musical program; Wally Smith, President and General Manager, WPPB 88.3 FM; Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., District 2, New York State Assembly; and Morgan Vaughan, Executive Director, LTV Studios; Artistic Director, Round Table Theatre Company; Former Teeny Awards Coordinator.

Anita Boyer, East End Arts Teeny Awards Coordinator, comments about this year’s program: “I was so nervous about meeting expectations after the incredible surprises at the ceremony last year (thank you Rob Hinderliter – a Tony Award winner and Teeny Awards alum!) but we were able to feature more students than ever before in the ceremony which was so entertaining and special! We had over 40 students from more than ten different schools involved in the opening number, six schools that brought numbers from their productions, and we had Rob Hinderliter in the flesh as our incredible host! As always I want to extend my deep gratitude for the talented and hard-working crew that make the Teeny Awards possible each year and to the students for continuing to dedicate themselves to their craft! And as we sang in the opening number, ‘We are the East End Arts Teeny Awards, and there are a million kids to honor yet! Just you wait, just you wait!’”

The 14th Annual Teeny Awards is made possible by the support of sponsors. East End Arts extends its thanks to lead sponsor Suffolk County National Bank, with additional support from Riverhead Toyota, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, Empire National Bank, Macy's, as well as, Joanna Paulsen & Jed Clauss, Mary Ann & Joseph Martorano, Sea Tow, Tanger Outlets of Riverhead, Bridgehampton National Bank, Dr. Joseph Duva, and media sponsors WPPB 88.3 FM, WBAZ 102.5 FM, and

The 14th Annual Teeny Awards (2015-16) winners are:

Lead Female in a Musical
Katie Lemmen in the role of Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins” at Center Moriches

Lead Male in a Musical
Denis Hartnett in the role of The Baker in “Into the Woods” at Pierson

Supporting Female in a Musical – TIE
Colleen Kelly in the role of Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof“ at Mattituck
Anna Francesca Schiavoni in the role of Little Red in “Into the Woods” at Pierson

Supporting Male in a Musical – TIE
Rodrigo Barros in the role of Aldopho in “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Shelter Island
Matthew Schiavoni in the role of Cinderella's Prince in “Into the Woods” at Pierson

Lead Female in a Play – TIE
Colleen Kelly in the role of Christy Martin in “The Election” at Mattituck
Reilly Rose Schombs in the role of Aunt Abby in “Arsenic & Old Lace” at Pierson

Lead Male in a Play
Nicholas Auletti in the role of Walter Hollander in “Don't Drink the Water” at Westhampton Beach

Supporting Female in a Play – TIE
Anna Cornell in the role of Leyna in “Fools” at Longwood
Raven Janoski in the role of Karli Merriweather in “The Election” at Mattituck

Supporting Male in a Play
Nicholas Macaluso in the role of the Doctor in “Fools” at Longwood

Outstanding Female in a One Act
Alexandra Meli in the role of Marci in “Almost Maine” at Shoreham-Wading River

Outstanding Male in a One Act
Zachary Fisher in the role of Phil in “Almost Maine” at Shoreham-Wading River

Outstanding Performer – TIE
Sarah Fogarty for her role as Sasha the girlfriend in “The Election” at Mattituck
Casey Lewis for her role as Bird Woman in “Mary Poppins” at Center Moriches
Meg Pickerell for her role as Miss Andrews in “Mary Poppins” at Southold

Outstanding Choreography
Claire Beaver, Sarah Beaver, Kristen Brockmiller, Molly Magee for “Pirates of Penzance” at Westhampton Beach

Original Playbill and Poster Design
Michelle Rinaldi for “Into the Woods” at Pierson

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 Longwood High School for the dance core in their production of “Cinderella.” The dancers especially the horses pulling the carriage were fantastic!

Axel Alanis from East Hampton: “Rent”
Meg Atkinson-Barnes from Pierson: “Arsenic & Old Lace”
Sam Basel from Southold: “Mary Poppins”
Sam Basel from Greenport/Southold Drama: “Shakespeare in Hollywood”
Shannon Colfer from Greenport: “Oliver!”
Shannon Colfer from Greenport/Southold Drama: “Shakespeare in Hollywood”
Christina Curcio from McGann-Mercy: “The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds” & “The Game’s Afoot” & “Josephine and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”
Shane Factora from Longwood: “Fools” & “Cinderella”
Amanda Gallagher, Technician, from Longwood: “Fools” & “Cinderella”
Gaby Gonzalez from Mattituck: “The Election”
Christen Heine from Pierson: “Into the Woods”
Garrick Hughes, Assistant, from Greenport: “Oliver!”
Garrick Hughes, Assistant, from Greenport/Southold Drama: “Shakespeare in Hollywood”
Julia Dzakonski from Hampton Bays: “South Pacific”
Nadzia Kempski from Ross School: “One Acts”
Courtney Kinsella from Pierson: “Arsenic & Old Lace”
Hunter Mancuso, Co-Crew Chief, from Longwood: “Fools” & “Cinderella”
Meaghan McDonough, Technician, from Longwood: “Fools” & “Cinderella”
Kyra Mears from Shoreham-Wading River: “Anything Goes” & “Almost Maine”
Caroline Morgan from Shoreham-Wading River: “Almost Maine”
Anthony Navas from Center Moriches: “Mary Poppins”
Kyle Oak from Riverhead: “Shrek” & “Bye Bye Birdie”
Shuyu (Bella) Pan from Ross School: “Chicago”
Catherine Penn from Westhampton Beach: “Pirates of Penzance” & “Don’t Drink the Water”
Gabriela Reyes, Technician, from Longwood: “Fools” & “Cinderella”
Philip Rossillo, Crew Chief, from Longwood: “Fools” & “Cinderella”
Kimberly Scheer from Mattituck: “Fiddler on the Roof”
Ethan Sisson from Greenport/Southold Drama: “Shakespeare in Hollywood”
Ethan Sisson from Southold: “Mary Poppins”
Mary Steinbrecher from Shoreham-Wading River: “Anything Goes”
Kerrie Vila from Pierson: “Arsenic & Old Lace”
Johnny Xu, Assistant, from Ross School: “Chicago"

Paul Anderson from Pierson: “Into the Woods” & “Arsenic and Old Lace”
Michael Carey from Longwood: “Fools” & “Cinderella”
Alec Giufurta from Southampton: “Hairspray”
Sutton Lynch from East Hampton: “Rent”

Jessica Reyes from Longwood: “Fools” & “Cinderella”

Sutton Lynch from East Hampton: “Rent”

Morgan Van Wickler from Shoreham-Wading River: “Anything Goes” & “Almost Maine”

Ella Knibb from Pierson: “Into the Woods”
Hailey Krauss from Center Moriches: “Mary Poppins”
Katie Morgan from Ross School: “So Tell Me About This Guy”
Cassie Nine from Mattituck: “Fiddler on the Roof”
Hannah Oswalt from Center Moriches: “Mary Poppins”
Erin Pfister from Center Moriches: “Mary Poppins”
Nellie Spackman from Greenport: “Oliver!”
Mary Kate Wilton from Mattituck: “Fiddler on the Roof”

Ava Gaines from Mattituck

All nominees and winners are listed at

For more information about the Teeny Awards, contact Anita Boyer at or 740-607-6748, or visit
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