Fredonia students receive 12 nominations for ‘Bye, Bye Birdie’

Fredonia High School’s production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” has been honored with 12 nominations, including Outstanding Musical Production, as Shea’s Performing Arts Center and The Lipke Foundation present the 21st Annual Kenny Awards ceremony.

The 21st Annual Kenny Awards ceremony will be held at Shea’s on May 10 at 4 p.m. The Kenny Awards is an endeavor that recognizes the talent, dedication and efforts of local high school youth in producing and performing musicals.

Applications for this year’s Kenny Awards Program were accepted in October and reviewed by a panel of judges. From the applicant pool, seven schools were selected to participate as finalists. The finalists for the 2014 Kenny Awards are Eden Jr./Sr. High School – “The Wedding Singer,” Fredonia High School – “Bye, Bye Birdie,” Maple Grove High School – “Grease,” North Tonawanda High School – “9 to 5 The Musical,” Orchard Park High School – “Les Miserables,” Tonawanda High School – “Grease,” and West Seneca West High School – “Godspell.”

After cast members perform a brief excerpt from the show, the Kenny judges will award the top schools and students for their efforts, including giving “The Kenny” for Outstanding Musical Production. The Kenny includes a $5,000 grant from the Lipke Foundation to be used solely by the school’s theatre department.

Other awards include categories for individual performances in leading and supporting roles, as well as areas of technical production, orchestration, choreography, set design, and vocal performance.

In addition to Outstanding Musical Production, Fre-donia’s production received nods for Best Orchestral Performance, Best Technical Design, Best Choral Performance, Best Scenic Design, Best Dramatic Performance, Best Costume Design and Best Dance Performance. Individual students were honored with nominations for Best Performance by an Ensemble (Graciela Rey, Claire O’Brien, Shelby Przbysz, Jordyn Wawro and Emma Storm), Best Acress in a Supporting Rose (Graciela Rey), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Michaela Tramuta) and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Matt Civilette).

For the past 20 years, over 100 outstanding musical productions in local high schools have been recognized and honored by the Kenny Awards.

Tickets are $8 and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or in person at Shea’s Box Office, 650 Main St.

For information on the Kenny Award Program, contact Shea’s Education Coordinator Holly Grant at 829-1171 or hgrant@sheas.org.