Tonawanda News —
“We’re bringing back a classic,” said Nolan, performed in “Grease” when she was a student at Tonawanda High School. “It’ll be good.”
According to Shea’s, over the past 20 years, more than 100 musical productions by local high schools have been recognized and honored by the Kenny Awards. Other finalists for the 2014 awards include Eden Jr./Sr. High School for “The Wedding Singer,” Fredonia High School for “Bye Bye Birdie,” Maple Grove High School for “Grease,” Orchard Park High School for “Les Miserables” and West Seneca West High School for “Godspell.” Once the seven finalists are selected, judging committee members attend the finalists’ musical productions and make their selections.
The 2014 awards presentation will be held at 4 p.m. May 10 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased through one of the finalist schools, at the Shea’s Box Office, 650 Main St., Buffalo, or by calling 847-0850.
The main award, “The Kenny,” is awarded to one of the finalist schools for outstanding musical production and includes a $5,000 grant to the school’s theater department from the Lipke Foundation. Other awards include categories for performances in leading and supporting roles, dance performance, choral performance, technical design, orchestral performance and costume design.
The Kenny Awards were created in 1993 in honor of the late Ken Lipke, the founder of Gibraltar Steel. Schools from Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties are eligible to compete for them; about 16 to 30 schools apply each year.