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Clarence wins top Kenny Award for ‘Young Frankenstein’

Shea’s Performing Arts Center and The Lipke Foundation on Saturday presented the of 23rd Annual Kenny Awards, which recognize the talent, dedication and efforts of high school drama students. The winners are:

• Outstanding Orchestral Performance: Williamsville East High School, “The Wiz”

• Outstanding Technical Design: Fredonia High School, “Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida”

• Outstanding Choral Performance: Frontier High School, “The Addams Family”

• Outstanding Scenic Design: Barker High School, “Oklahoma!”

• Outstanding Dramatic Performance: Clarence High School, “Young Frankenstein”

• Outstanding Costume Design: Fredonia High School, “Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida”

• Outstanding Dance Performance: Clarence High School, “Young Frankenstein”

• The Blossom Cohan Award (honors a performer who “blossoms” in a role: Anjor Khadilkar (as Glinda) in “The Wiz,” Williamsville East High School

• Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble: Brothers in “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Wilson Central School

• Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role: Madeline Rasmusson (as Mary Magdelene), “Jesus Christ Superstar,” St. Francis High School

• Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role: Raffi Wright (as Igor), “Young Frankenstein,” Clarence High School

• Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Rachel Kauderer (as Frau Blücher) in “Young Frankenstein,” Clarence High School

• Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role: Joseph Russi (as Gomez Addams) in “The Addams Family,” Frontier High School

• Outstanding Musical Production: Clarence High School, “Young Frankenstein”

This year, Shea’s is one of more than 30 theaters and organizations nationwide participating in the National High School Musical Awards Program, aka The Jimmy Awards, which will allow the selected Outstanding Leading Actress and Actor of the Kenny Awards to win an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to New York City to compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in June. This opportunity will include rehearsals with Broadway actors and musicians, performances and other beneficial experiences. Participants in “The Jimmy Awards” will compete for various college scholarships.

“We are very excited with the opportunity this program provides the students of the Buffalo Niagara region. The Kenny Awards is an integral part of Shea’s education program and now steps on to the national stage with our participation in the National High School Musical Awards (Jimmy Awards)” said Anthony Conte, Shea’s president.

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