See which local theater students won Teeny Awards Sunday

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | McGann-Mercy students Patrick O'Brien, Nicole Chiuchiolo and Danielle Allen celebrate after their three Teeny Award wins.
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | McGann-Mercy students Patrick O’Brien, Nicole Chiuchiolo and Danielle Allen celebrate after their three Teeny Award wins.

McGann-Mercy High School senior Nicole Chiuhiolo stood near the red carpet at Southold High School, waiting to be photographed in her blue dress as she held her glass prize for best Lead Actress in a Drama.

Her fellow cast members had just won awards for best supporting actor and actress for their work in the school’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Nearby, a camera crew was interviewing her friends.

“My hands are still shaking!” Nicole said.

The 11th annual Teeny Awards brought the glitz and glamour of an awards show to the North Fork Sunday afternoon to honor high school theater productions from across the East End.


The ceremony, produced by East End Arts, highlighted scenes from some of the 17 participating school’s theater productions, including “Summer Nights” from Southold High School’s version of “Grease.”

The packed auditorium cheered as each nominee was read. When the award was announced, the winner’s cast seated in bunches around the room would scream in delight.

“I think the performances today really showed these kids are not only incredibly talented, they are skilled,” said show coordinator and professional actress and singer Morgan Vaughan. “I really believe that together, we can make the East End of Long Island the home of the best high school theatre in the United States.”

See below for a full list of winners from the North Fork:


Lead Actress in a Drama

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

Supporting Actor in a Drama

• 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?


Lead Actor in a Comedy

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

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

• Gwyn Foley, Mattituck, Are Teachers Human?


Supporting Actor in a Musical

• Matthew Drinkwater, Greenport, Guys & Dolls

Supporting Actress in a Musical

• Lea Giambruno, Shelter Island, Legally Blonde


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 Shelter Island’s Legally Blonde.


The following students are all recognized for their invaluable contributions as STAGE MANAGERS:

• Mariah Brengel, Shoreham-Wading River

• Ian Byrne, McGann-Mercy

• Quinn Carey, McGann-Mercy

• Helen Chen, Mattituck

• Jaclyn Conway, Southold-Greenport Co-Production

• Jaclyn Conway, Southold

• Mayra Gonzalez, Mattituck

• Melissa Hickox, Mattituck

• Julie Lindell, Shoreham-Wading River

• Anne O’Rourke, Mattituck

• Stephen Spinelli, Shoreham-Wading River

• Jerilyn Toole, Riverhead

• Sean Walden, Greenport

• Rachel Williams, Riverhead


• Savannah Calderale, Southold, Grease – Set Design