Southold theater students shine at Teeny Awards

Four Southold High School students walked home winners at the 16th Annual East End Arts Teeny Awards Sunday, an event that recognizes the best in local high school theater.

Students from the school won best male and female performer in both the play and musical categories.

The play winners were Jake Okula and Ashley Hilary, who each won for their performances in the Southold/Greenport production of Sabrina Fair. In the musical category, the Teeny Awards went to Patrick Connelly and Juliet Rand (in a tie with Shoreham-Wading River’s Alexandra Meli, “Kiss Me, Kate”) for “Phantom of the Opera.” Hilary added a second Teeny for her supporting role in “Phantom.”

Southold also claimed the Judges Award, presented to the full cast of “Phantom of the Opera.” The school won the most awards of any represented in Sunday’s awards.

“The judges felt that the ensemble put on an outstanding performance of an incredibly difficult show,” they wrote.

Also winning Sunday was Caleb Foley of Mattituck High School for supporting male in a musical in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Students from Southold, Greenport, Shelter Island and Riverhead all performed scenes during the awards ceremony, which was hosted at Longwood High School this year.

“Having the opportunity to see so many wonderful productions brought to life and to be able to honor these students for the work they put in is truly an honor,” said first-time Teeny Awards coordinator Kristen Curcie.

The event started with a 90-minute red carpet show broadcast live on MyLITV.

See more photos from the red carpet below.