On Monday, October 22, the Kenny Awards, presented by Shea's Performing Arts Center and The Lipke Foundation, announced that Nardin Academy High School's production of The King and I will be one of its 10 program finalists for the 2018-19 school year. The finalists were selected after a committee reviewed applications and spoke with all interested schools about their musical theatre programs.
The Kenny Awards adjudicators will view the 10 selected productions and award top schools and students for their efforts. Since its inception in 1993, the Kenny Awards has bestowed $125,000 to theatre programs in Western New York and this year The Lipke Foundation has announced that it will be doubling its grant to $10,000 for the WNY area high school that receives the Outstanding Musical Production Award.
Other awards include categories for individual performances in leading and supporting roles, technical production, orchestration, choreography, set design, and vocal performance.
The program is also one of over 40 programs nationwide that participates in The Jimmy Awards, a national high school musical awards program. The Outstanding Leading Actress and Actor winners of the Kenny Awards have the unique opportunity to participate in The Jimmy Awards as part of an all-expenses-paid, week-long trip to New York City. This experience includes rehearsals with Broadway actors and musicians, opportunities for college scholarships, and a performance on a Broadway stage.
Nardin Academy High School's production of The King and I will open Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm at Villa Maria College Auditorium. Additional performances are held Saturday, November 10 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 11, at 2pm. Ticket sales are held Monday - Friday from 8am - 2pm in the Nardin Academy High School office or can be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
The Kenny Awards ceremony will be held at Shea's Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 11 at 6pm and will include complimentary workshops, lectures, and demonstrations to students in the finalist schools as they enhance and develop their craft.
In addition to Nardin Academy, the 2019 program finalists include:
Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts – Les Misérables
Cleveland Hill Union Free School – Newsies
Cuba-Rushford Middle/High School – Annie
John F. Kennedy High School – The Wizard of Oz
Nardin Academy – The King and I
Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School – Sister Act
St. Mary's High School – The Addams Family
Sweet Home High School – Mamma Mia!
Tonawanda High School – Mamma Mia!
West Seneca West Senior High School – Legally Blonde
Congratulations to the Nardin Academy High School fine arts department!