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Kenny Awards honor talents of area students

Shea’s Performing Arts Center and the Lipke Foundation presented the 20th annual Kenny Awards last Saturday in recognition of the talent, dedication and efforts of area high school students who participate in their school musicals.

Applications for the awards were accepted in October and reviewed by a panel of judges. From the applicant pool, seven schools were selected to participate as finalists in this year’s ceremony, which was held at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The finalists were Barker Central School, “Curtains”; Sacred Heart Academy, “Nunsense: The Mega Musical”; Cardinal O’Hara High School, “Little Shop of Horrors”; Clarence High School, “Chicago”; Frontier High School, “Legally Blonde”; Maple Grove Junior/Senior High School, “West Side Story”; and West Seneca West High School, “All Shook Up.”

“The Kenny” is awarded to one of the local finalists for Outstanding Musical Production. The Kenny Award includes a $5,000 grant from the Lipke Foundation to the school’s theater department.

And the 2013 winners are:

Outstanding Musical Production: “Chicago,” Clarence High School

Blossom Cohen Award: Robert Filipski as Kyle the UPS Guy, “Legally Blonde,” Frontier High School

Leading Actress: Chantelle Guido as Elle, “Legally Blonde,” Frontier High School

Leading Actor: Duncan Lattanzio as Chad, “All Shook Up,” West Seneca West High School

Supporting Actress: Lucy Bell as Sister Mary Amnesia, “Nunsense: The Mega Musical,” Sacred Heart Academy

Supporting Actor: Peter Cala as Action, “West Side Story,” Maple Grove Junior/Senior High School

Innovative Spirit: “Curtains,” Barker Central School

Choreographic Staging: “West Side Story,” Maple Grove Junior/Senior High School

Dance Performance: “Legally Blonde,” Frontier High School

Orchestra: “Chicago,” Clarence High School

Character Interpretation: “Nunsense,” Sacred Heart Academy

Lighting Design: “All Shook Up,” West Seneca West High School

Thematic Presentation: “Little Shop of Horrors,” Cardinal O’Hara High School