Young thespians from across eastern Long Island took bows Sunday during the East End Arts Council’s ninth annual Teeny Awards at Riverhead High School. The red-carpet ceremony, which is modeled on Broadway’s Tony Awards, recognizes excellence in high school theater, evaluating students’ delivery, stage presence and skills in movement. Awards are also bestowed in several technical categories. Special recognition this year was given to Mattituck High School students for bringing the first musical to the school in more than 20 years.
McGann-Mercy’s Laura Lynne Duffy took home the Best Lead Actress award for her performance in “Noises Off.” Tim MacNish and Kelly Cassidy of Mattituck received the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards for their roles in “The Audition.”
Jennifer Etienne of Shoreham-Wading River received the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in “12 Angry Men.”
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Rebecca Mincieli of Mattituck received the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Amanda Gallo of Riverhead received recognition for an Outstanding Performance, an award reserved for actors in non-lead or supporting roles, for her role in “Once Upon a Mattress.”
Justin Harris of Riverhead, and Gina Arfi of Westhampton Beach tied for the honor of Best Choreography for their work on “Once Upon a Mattress” and “Guys and Dolls,” respectively.
Judge’s Choice award:
This award is chosen by the judges in a vote. It is for a particular scene, musical number, dance number, ensemble effort, or group the judges feel stands out enough to warrant the special merit. This year, the recipient of the Judges’ Choice Award are Mattituck High School Students, led by Colin Keil, Becca Mincieli and Marissa Russo, for campaigning to bring a musical to their school for the first time since 1989.
Stage Manager Recognition:
Tori Staples of Greenport for “Wizard of Oz,” Casey Burns of Mattituck for “One Acts,” Casie Binkowski of Mattituck for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Kat Dickhoff of McGann-Mercy for “Noises Off,” Stephanie Stripoli of McGann-Mercy for “Bye, Bye Birdie” and Jennifer Bliss of Riverhead for “Stage Door.”