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2018-11-08 / Local News

St. Mary’s High School a repeat finalist for Kenny Awards

For the second consecutive year, St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster has been nominated as one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Kenny Awards for its upcoming production of “The Addams Family.”

Presented each year by the Shea’s Performing Arts Center and the Lipke Foundation, the Kenny Awards recognize the talent and efforts of high school students in theater programs across Western New York. One high school receives a top award of Outstanding Musical Production, along with grant funding for its theater program. This year’s top prize will be $10,000, double the amount awarded in previous years.

The Kenny Awards also feature a variety of other awards, including Outstanding Leading Actor and Actress, which send two students on an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to New York City to participate in The Jimmy Awards in June. The trip includes rehearsals with Broadway actors and musicians, performances, opportunities to win college scholarships and a debut performance on a Broadway stage.

Other high schools chosen as finalists for this year’s Kenny Awards include the Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts, Cleveland Hill High School, Cuba-Rushford Middle/High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Nardin Academy, Niagara-Wheatfield High School, Tonawanda High School, Sweet Home High School and West Seneca West High School.

Judges will be attending live performances of finalists for the Kenny Awards in the coming months. The nominations’ lineup for the awards will then be announced in April, and awards will be presented at a ceremony scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, 646 Main St., Buffalo. St. Mary’s High School will perform “The Addams Family” on March 14, 15 and 16.

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