Teeny Awards Honored Students Despite COVID-19

Students Sophie Cline and Josh Kaplan from Westhampton Beach High School performed a piece from “Legally Blonde,” which was from their canceled musical. Independent/Courtesy East End Arts

The Teeny Awards, an annual high school theater recognition program, honored students on July 23, despite the pandemic. East End Arts, which founded the program, streamed the event live from the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in what they called “the 18th Annual Quaran-Teeny Awards.”

Christiaan Padavan, a local musician and radio personality, hosted the show and there was a special senior tribute and performances from schools whose shows were canceled this year because of COVID-19.

East Hampton High Schools’ production of “Hello, Dolly,” Miller Place High School’s performance of “Mamma Mia” and Southold High School’s “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” garnered the most attention.

The show can be viewed on the East End Arts and Teeny Awards’ Facebook pages.

The following students took home the 2020 Teeny Awards:

LEAD MALE IN A MUSICAL

Benjamin Giordano in the role of Jo in “WWBF” at Rocky Point

LEAD FEMALE IN A MUSICAL

Sophie Cline in the role of Mrs. Hubbard in “Murder on the Orient Express” at Westhampton Beach

SUPPORTING MALE IN A PLAY

Ian Hubbard in the role of Dave & Jimmy in “Almost, Maine” at Hampton Bays

SUPPORTING FEMALE IN A PLAY

Eva Doyle in the role of Phyllis Montague in “Play On” at Pierson

LEAD MALE IN A MUSICAL TIE

Colin Freedman in the role of Cornelius in “Hello, Dolly,” at East Hampton

Simon Mraz in the role of Monty Navarro in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” at Southold

LEAD FEMALE IN A MUSICAL 

Silvia Rackwitz in the role of Sibella Howard in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” at Southold

Ali Pensa, a senior from Hampton Bays High School, performed “The Sound of Music” during the awards show. Independent/Courtesy East End Arts

SUPPORTING MALE IN A MUSICAL

Jack Burkhardt in the role of Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast” at Bellport

SUPPORTING FEMALE IN A MUSICAL

Julianne Donohue in the role of Rosie in “Mamma Mia” at Miller Place

OUTSTANDING PERFORMER

Joseph Miletti in the role of Pepper in “Mamma Mia” at Miller Place

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

Lily Kutner for All Dance Numbers except “At the Ballet” and “Tap Combination” in “A Chorus Line” at Riverhead

OUTSTANDING POSTER DESIGN

Jaden Jacino for “Murder on the Orient Express” at Westhampton Beach

JUDGES’ CHOICE

“I’ve Decided to Marry You” from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” at Southold High School

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