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11th-Annual Teeny Awards Nominations Announced

John Mitty Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Awards Ceremony to be held on June 9, 2013

Presented by East End Arts

(RIVERHEAD, NY, May 8, 2013) – East End Arts is thrilled to announce the 2013 Teeny Awards Nominees. Theatrical productions presented by the 17 participating East End high schools have been attended and reviewed by a panel of volunteer judges. Evaluations of student performances were based on skills demonstrated in Movement (physical expression, gesture, posture, fluidity), Delivery (projection, articulation, interaction, timing, expression), and Stage Presence (confident, believable, enthusiastic, charismatic, dynamic). Evaluations of performances in Musical Productions also include skills in Singing (intonation, range, interpretation, phrasing, rhythm, articulation, ensemble work) and Dancing (technique, fluidity, expression, gesture, ensemble work). The Teeny Awards, conceived from the idea of the Antoinette Perry Awards – The Tony Awards – for Broadway shows, has been celebrating excellence in high school theater across the East End of Long Island since 2002, and is presented and coordinated by East End Arts.


The top five scoring students are the nominees. A formal awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Southold Junior-Senior High School, hosted by award-winning broadcaster, producer, host and interviewer, Bonnie Grice, during which the winners will be announced. The 11th-Annual Teeny Awards ceremony is open to the public. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.eastendarts.org/programs/events/teeny-ceremony.html. Tickets are $20 in advance (must purchase by 5 PM on June 7), and $25 at the door. Southold Junior-Senior High School is located at 420 Oaklawn Avenue in Southold, NY.


And the nominees are:



Lead Actor in a Drama

Eliminas Abromaitis, Riverhead, A Christmas Carol

Casey Pitcher, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind

Brian Rocha, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind

Jonathan Troiano, Riverhead, A Christmas Carol

Jamie Tuthill, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Lead Actress in a Drama

Nicole Chiuchiolo, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Brionna Cook, Riverhead, A Christmas Carol

Amanda Osborne, Riverhead, A Christmas Carol

Jordan Tapley, Riverhead, A Christmas Carol

Alex Stanco, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind


Supporting Actor in a Drama

Anthony DeFeo, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind

Aubrey Jowers, Ross, One Acts: The Sin Eater

Perry Ladouceur, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind

Andrew Nucatola, Riverhead, A Christmas Carol

Patrick O’Brien, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Supporting Actress in a Drama

Danielle Allen, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Emma Bernhardt, Riverhead, A Christmas Carol

Erin Plitt, Riverhead, A Christmas Carol

Maria Popova, Ross, One Acts: The Sin Eater

Jessica Sisti, Riverhead, A Christmas Carol





Lead Actor in a Comedy

Chris Durst, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace

Zach Fisher, Shoreham-Wading River, Don’t Drink the Water

Yori Johnson, East Hampton, Pygmalion

Sean Mannix, Shoreham-Wading River, Don’t Drink the Water

Oliver Orr, Mattituck, Are Teachers Human?


Lead Actress in a Comedy

Maggie Daley, Shoreham-Wading River, Don’t Drink the Water

Gayle Gammon, Southold/Greeport Co-Production, Trixie, Teen Detective

Mally Fogarty, Mattituck, Are Teachers Human?

Rachel Lohrius, Shoreham-Wading River, Don’t Drink the Water

Rachel Rienecker, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace

Julia Tyson, East Hampton, Pygmalion


Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Nicholas, Auletti, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace

Tom Batuello, Mattituck, Are Teachers Human?

Anthony DeVita, Shoreham-Wading River, Don’t Drink the Water

Jack Vicari, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace

Ryan Zlatniski, Mattituck, Are Teachers Human?


Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Nicole Chiuchiolo, McGann-Mercy, You Can’t Take it With You

Gwyn Foley, Mattituck, Are Teachers Human?

Abigail Gianis, Sag Harbor, Hurry Up and Wait

Denise Mulemga, Ross, One-Acts: No Dogs Allowed

Sydney Campbell, Southold/Greeport Co-Production, Trixie, Teen Detective





Lead Actor in a Musical

Sam Bracken, Southold, Grease

John Coyne, Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

John Drinkwater, Greenport, Guys & Dolls

Francesco Logozzo, Westhampton Beach, Footloose

Ryan Schaefer, Center Moriches, The Wiz


Lead Actress in a Musical

Emily Hinz, Sag Harbor, Funny Girl

Laura Logan, Shoreham-Wading River, Sweeney Todd

Susanna Kelly, Southold, Grease

Kayla Matters, Southampton, Fame

Brianna Pagano, Greenport, Guys & Dolls

Doree Primavera, Hampton Bays, Annie Get Your Gun


Supporting Actor in a Musical

Matt Drinkwater, Greenport, Guys & Dolls

Denis Hartnet, Sag Harbor, Funny Girl

Daniel Lilley, Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Brian Rocha, Eastport-South Manor, The Music Man

Jack Dunne, Southold, Grease


Supporting Actress in a Musical

Lea Gianbruno, Shelter Island, Legally Blonde

Isabella LeBoeuf, Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Michaela Manno, Southold, Grease

Shelby Pickerell, Southold, Grease

Lily Spellman, Hampton Bays, Annie Get Your Gun




This category was created to recognize a student who shines brightly in a role that is not eligible for adjudication in the leading or supporting categories.


Gwen Clarke, Southampton, Ms. Sherman in Fame

Rebecca Dwoskin, Sag Harbor, Trixie in Funny Girl

Alexandra Lasot, Southold, Teen Angel in Grease

Lara Mahaffy, Southold, Ursula in Trixie, Teen Detective

Tye Granger, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace




This award is for a particular scene, musical number, dance number, or group that the judges feel stands out enough to warrant special recognition. This year, the recipient is The Greek Chorus from ShelterIsland’s Legally Blonde.




Victoria Carroll, Riverhead, Fiddler on the Roof

Megan McGuiness and Jennifer Navarette, Eastport-South Manor, The Music Man

Southold Dance Captains, Southold, Grease

Ryan Schaefer, Center Moriches, The Wiz




Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind

Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Mattituck, Once Upon a Mattress    




Sadie Klughers, East Hampton, Pygmalion

Daniel Pritchard, Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Amanda Tomasello, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind

Stephen Spinelli, Shoreham-Wading River, Sweeney Todd

Gretchen Walter, Southold, Trixie, Teen Detective



STAGE MANAGEMENT RECOGNITION – The following students are all recognized for their invaluable contributions as STAGE MANAGERS


Mariah Brengel, Shoreham-Wading River

Jesse Buchter, Westhampton Beach

Ian Byrne, McGann-Mercy

Quinn Carey, McGann-Mercy

Helen Chen, Mattituck

Jaclyn Conway, Southold-Greenport Co-Production

Jaclyn Conway, Southold

Emily Fey, Center Moriches

Mayra Gonzalez, Mattituck

Jennifer Hall, Sag Harbor

Melissa Hickox, Mattituck

Julie Lindell, Shoreham-Wading River

Kyra McAlary, Eastport-South Manor

Rae LaBorne, Sag Harbor

Shelly Matthers, Sag Harbor

Scott McVetty, Center Moriches

Kevin O’Brien, Center Moriches

Anne O’Rourke, Mattituck

Solomon Polshek, Ross

Christine Sipala, Longwood

Stephen Spinelli, Shoreham-Wading River

Jerilynn Toole, Riverhead

Zoë Vatash, Sag Harbor

Kerrie Vila, Sag Harbor

Sean Walden, Greenport

Rachel Williams, Riverhead



TECHNICAL DESIGN RECOGNITION – The following students are all recognized for their invaluable contribution in TECHNICAL DESIGN


Savannah Calderale, Southold, Grease - Set Design

Denis Hartnet, Sag Harbor, Funny Girl - Set Design

Catherine Penn, Riverhead, Arsenic and Old Lace and Footloose - Costume Design

Daniel Lilly, Longwood, M*A*S*H* - Lighting Design




This award recognizes the efforts of a school that goes above and beyond to support exceptional theatre arts education. This year, Bridgehampton High School is being recognized for its production of “A Night on Broadway: A Musical Revue,” which was a non-book musical written, performed and produced by its students and volunteer staff. This is the first theatrical production in the school, and, we hope, will be the first of many.


The 11th Annual Teeny Awards is made possible by the support of our sponsors. We extend our thanks to our Lead Sponsors, Suffolk County National Bank and Riverhead Toyota, as well as Astoria Federal Savings, Mary Ann & Joseph Martorano, Tanger Outlet Center, Applebee's, and Bridgehampton National Bank, as well as Media Sponsors WPPB 88.3FM, MyLITV.com, and Hamptons Magazine.


For more information about the Teeny Awards, contact Morgan Vaughan at teenyawards@eastendarts.org or 310-600-4296, or visit http://www.eastendarts.org/programs/events/teeny-ceremony.html.

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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission of bringing the arts to everyone and inspiring communities through service, advocacy and education.


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