Every year many students participate in their school's High School Musical.  In Western New York, there is a ceremony to celebrate some of the best.  It's called The Kenny Awards and it took place last Saturday at Shea's Performing Arts Center.

The Kenny's are presented by The Lipke Foundation and are named after Ken Lipke to celebrate some of the brightest high school musical performers in multiple categories including best male and female performers, supporting cast, ensemble, and more.

Huge congrats goes out to Starpoint High School for their performance of Mary Poppins.  They won The Kenny for Outstanding Musical Production which awards them a $5000 grant to be spent by only by their school's music department.

 

The 2018 Finalists included:

The finalists for the 2018 Kenny Awards are:

Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts – Chicago
Dunkirk High School – Little Shop of Horrors
Eden Jr/Sr High School – Catch Me If You Can
Forestville Central School – Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
Lewiston Porter High School – Into the Woods
Pioneer Central School – Mary Poppins
St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Starpoint High School – Mary Poppins
Tonawanda High School – Jekyll & Hyde
West Seneca West Senior High School – Anything Goes

 

Other awards included:

Outstanding Orchestral Performance - West Seneca West Senior (Anything Goes)

Outstanding Technical Design - Starpoint (Mary Poppins)

Outstanding Choral Performance - Lewiston Porter High School (Into The Woods)

Outstanding Scenic Design - Buffalo Academy For The Visual and Performing Arts (Chicago)

Outstanding Dramatic Performance - Starpoint (Mary Poppins)

Outstanding Costume Design - Dunkirk High School (Little Shop Of Horrors)

Outstanding Dance Performance - Starpoint (Mary Poppins)

Show Stopper - We Both Reached For The Gun Buffalo Academy For The Visual and Performing Arts (Chicago)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble - Statues & Gargoyles St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

The Blossom Cohan Award (Honors a performer who "blossoms" in a minor role) - Emily Kuster -Eden High School (Catch Me If You Can)

Outstanding Actress In A Supporting Role - Magdalene Lord - Starpoint (Mary Poppins)

Outstanding Actor In A Supporting Role - Daniel Lord - Starpoint (Mary Poppins)

Outstanding Actress In A Leading Role - Emily Kuhn - Tonawanda (Jekyyl & Hyde)

Outstanding Actor In A Leading Role - Christopher Palumbo - Starpoint (Mary Poppins)