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Southold Drama Club is up for Best Student Choreography for their rendition of ‘Rent.’ (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)

Southold Drama Club is up for Best Student Choreography for their rendition of ‘Rent.’ (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Nominees for the 12th Annual Teeny Awards, which showcase the best in local high school theater, were announced Wednesday. Winners will be announced at a formal awards ceremony June 8 at Longwood High School where award-winning broadcaster and producer Bonnie Grice will serve as host. (more…)

06/09/13 9:50am
06/09/2013 9:50 AM
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO  |  The Mattituck High School drama club will present "Are Teachers Human" beginning Thursday.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Mattituck High School drama club’s presentation of “Are Teachers Human” earned several Teeny Award nominations.

The 11th Annual Teeny Awards will be held at Southold High School today. The awards, presented by East End Arts and sponsored by Suffolk County National Bank and Riverhead Toyota, showcase the best in local high school theater.

The red carpet begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Southold, with 11 nominations, and Riverhead, with 10 nods, lead the way for local schools.

Check back this evening for a list of winners.

The nominees for all the North Fork high schools are listed alphabetically by school below:


Lead Actor in a Drama

Eliminas Abromaitis, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”

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”

Supporting Actor in a Drama

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”

Jessica Sisti, Riverhead, “A Christmas Carol”


Lead Actor in a Comedy

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

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/Greenport co-production, “Trixie, Teen Detective”

Mally Fogarty, Mattituck, “Are Teachers Human?”

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

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Tom Batuello, Mattituck, “Are Teachers Human?”

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

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?”

Sydney Campbell, Southold/Greenport co-production, “Trixie, Teen Detective”


Lead Actor in a Musical

Sam Bracken, Southold, “Grease”

John Drinkwater, Greenport, “Guys and Dolls”

Lead Actress in a Musical

Laura Logan, Shoreham-Wading River, “Sweeney Todd”

Susanna Kelly, Southold, “Grease”

Brianna Pagano, Greenport, “Guys and Dolls”

Supporting Actor in a Musical

Matt Drinkwater, Greenport, “Guys and Dolls”

Jack Dunne, Southold, “Grease”

Supporting Actress in a Musical

Lea Gianbruno, Shelter Island, “Legally Blonde”

Michaela Manno, Southold, “Grease”

Shelby Pickerell, Southold, “Grease”

Outstanding Performance

This category recognizes students who “shine brightly” in roles not eligible for adjudication in the leading or supporting categories.

Alexandra Lasot, Southold, Teen Angel in “Grease”

Lara Mahaffy, Southold, Ursula in “Trixie, Teen Detective”


Victoria Carroll, Riverhead, “Fiddler on the Roof”

Southold dance captains, Southold, “Grease”

Outstanding Ensemble

Mattituck, “Once Upon a Mattress”

Playbill/Poster Art

Stephen Spinelli, Shoreham-Wading River, “Sweeney Todd”

Gretchen Walter, Southold, “Trixie, Teen Detective”

Judge’s Choice Award

This noncompetitive award is given for a scene, musical number, dance number or group that the judges feel stands out enough to warrant special recognition.

The Greek Chorus, Shelter Island, “Legally Blonde”

Stage Management Recognition


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

Jerilynn Toole, Riverhead

Sean Walden, Greenport

Rachel Williams, Riverhead

Technical Design recognition


Savannah Calderale, Southold, set design for “Grease”

Catherine Penn, Riverhead, costume design for “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Footloose”

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02/18/13 3:00pm
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NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | East End Arts announced

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | East End Arts have announced details about the upcoming East End Challenge. It includes a new exhibit by the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation called “The Bays Around Us: A Tribute to Rachel Carson.”

East End Arts in Riverhead announced last week details about its upcoming East End Challenge, a contest that encourages high school students to help preserve the environment.

The East End Challenge involves having students explore connections between science and art for a new exhibit by the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation called “The Bays Around Us: A Tribute to Rachel Carson.”

Ms. Carson was a marine biologist and conservationist who wrote “Silent Spring,” a book that has been credited with launching the contemporary American environmental movement. This new exhibit will feature the winning entries of the East End Challenge.

Contestants are asked to explore connections between science and art and include a narrative, multimedia or visual images in their presentations. East End Arts officials said a panel of judges will consider the following: quality, message, inventive observation and creative interpretation of the East End’s maritime world. They added: “To paraphrase Einstein, looking at what everyone else is looking at and seeing what no one else is seeing.”

All high school students from the five East End townships — Riverhead, Southold, Shelter Island, Southampton and East Hampton — are eligible.

Students must first submit an application with an outline and description of their proposed project. Cash prize awards are available of up to $1,000 for winning entries. All finalists selected will receive $100 each.

The deadline for entries is March 4. For more information, visit eastendseaport.org/application.htm.

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07/09/12 5:00pm
07/09/2012 5:00 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Gena Griffiths of Cutchogue was selected as this summer’s artist-in-residence.

East End Arts has announced that a North Fork local has taken up the post as July and August’s artist-in-residence.

Gena Griffiths, a multi-media visual artist and arts educator, will create a three-figure sculpture during her two month stay at the Corwin Carriage House in Riverhead, representing the purity of a child’s creative process, according to the council. Ms. Griffiths will also offer three week-long art classes and weekly workshops for children between the ages of 5 and 14.

Her schedule of classes, which range from sculpting, painting, and multi-media art, can be found at the East End Art School’s blog, http://eeacschool.blogspot.com or by calling the school at 369-2171.

A Mattituck High School graduate, Ms. Griffiths received a bachelor’s degree in art studio and art education from SUNY/Potsdam in 2010. She’s spent the last two years working as a teacher assistant in the Mattituck School District and lives in Cutchogue.

05/05/12 8:29am
05/05/2012 8:29 AM

The East End Arts Council, Long Island Wine Council and Hallockville Farm Museum are among 39 cultural organizations across the county that are to receive more than $36,000 in cultural funding grants, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone announced Friday. The Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island is also among East End recipients of the county support.

The funding comes from a county hotel tax charged for overnight stays. It is intended to support organizations that attract out-of-town visitors.

Suffolk County’s 2012 operating budget provides $263,660 from “Fund 192 – the Hotel/Motel Room Tax” for support of cultural programs and activities that enhance the tourism industry.

Mr. Bellone’s office said he had developed the measure, which the Suffolk County Legislature adopted on during April 24, on the recommendation of the Citizens Advisory Board for the Arts.

“We can all be proud that Suffolk boasts some of the finest cultural programs and organizations found anywhere in the country,” said Mr. Bellone. “From Huntington to the Hamptons, our museums, music venues, theater and dance companies and arts organizations attract visitors to our downtowns generating excitement, energy, economic activity and jobs.  These grants are an investment in our community that reaps tangible returns. You will never have to look far to enjoy world class culture in Suffolk.”

County Legislator Ed Romaine thanked Mr. Bellone, the Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Arts, and his board appointee, Pat Snyder, “for all their hard work in awarding these important grants.” He said the funding “is vital to our small cultural arts organizations, which are the backbone of tourism in Suffolk County. These great projects will spur tourism, stimulate economic activity on the East End, and help create sorely needed jobs in these tough times.”

06/13/11 2:35pm
06/13/2011 2:35 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | 'Sanctuary' by Gina Gilmour of Mattituck

Folk artists don’t ask, “What is art?” They just make it — in the form of everyday objects, some utilitarian, some pure whimsy.

Weather vanes, signboards, painted enamelware, itinerant portraits, decoys, quilts and whirligigs are among the most familiar examples of American folk art.

For the current Folk Art exhibition at the East End Arts Council gallery in Riverhead, director Jane Kirkwood called for works by “unschooled artists or those skilled enough to appear unschooled, funky and fabulous.”

This artist call makes no bones about it. The definition of folk art, which refers to creative works by self-taught artists, has here been tweaked to encourage EEAC participants, tutored and untutored, to take their art in fun directions they may not otherwise have pursued.

In keeping with this genre stretch, juror Kathy Curran says her selections favored pieces with a “folk mystique that recalled idealized memories of Long Island surroundings or that reflected the craft and utilitarian origins that define folk art.”

Ms. Curran, exhibition and public program coordinator for the Suffolk County Historical Society, holds a master’s degree in American folk art from New York University. She will make an informal presentation at the EEAC Gallery on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., discussing her selections and presenting examples of folk art from her personal collection.

Each attendee may also bring one personal folk art treasure to discuss. The gallery is located at 133 East Main St., Riverhead, and there’s a suggested donation of $5 per person.

The Yankee spirit loathed waste and prized ingenuity, and much of folk art’s irrepressible charm springs from its quirky, at times freaky, constructs of odd parts and found objects made to amuse adults or as children’s toys. A great example is the best-in-show piece, titled “Skate Boys,” by Jonathan Pearlman of East Quogue.

His laugh-out-loud construction made from ordinary stuff, imaginatively assembled, features a rare breed of creatures with bodies made from dried seaweed pods resembling crabs. They wear acorn caps or feather hats and balance themselves on wooden balls connected to an old splintered wheel.

Mr. Pearlman also created a wooden sculpture of a duck, its beak formed by a woman’s high-heel, its tail from some fan-shaped metal detritus.

Pure amusement is also found in “Lion Tamer,” a miniature sculpture by Patricia Beckham of Smithtown. She used a twisted tangle of metal to create a capricious Alexander Calder-like circus lion in a face-off with his limber master.

Folk art, which relies heavily on visual symbols ­— political, social, sexual and religious — is particularly intriguing when the artist creates powerful metaphors from everyday ephemera or discarded “junk.” Gina Gilmour of Mattituck uses a bit of both in each of her two submissions.

“Sanctuary,” which won first prize, catches the viewer’s attention with gentle guile then delivers a one-two punch. Here, a modest wooden plinth supports a weighty, old iron washer, the kind used in heavy construction. It has a perfectly round opening that here serves as a cave-like space where a sweet plastic lamb finds shelter.

But the miniature sculpture also suggests a reliquary, a reminder of those who are vulnerable, who sacrifice, who are abandoned. Global tensions in faraway lands come to mind.

In “The Price of Oil,” which received an honorable mention, Ms. Gilmour makes a more direct statement. This sculpture assumes the shape of a pyramid made of charred-black plastic soldiers, a jumble of bodies ascending the stem of an unattainable bright red flower.

Riverhead resident Jane Kirkwood’s multi-media work, “An Unholy Wrath – And, The Strange, Sad Story of Santa Librada,” draws inspiration from the tradition of illustrated religious wall hangings and samplers for the home. But her decidedly feminist choice of subject transforms the humorous image of a bearded lady into an updated statement about the horrors of abusive relationships.

The work describes how Santa Librada’s prayers to avoid an unwanted marriage were answered when she miraculously sprouted a beard. That got rid of her suitor. But her father crucified her. Ms. Kirkwood created a digital image of the crucified bearded saint on handmade paper attached to bark. She then studded the crucifix with tiny nails. The text of the story, in computer-generated calligraphy, accompanies the image.

Ms. Kirkwood’s use of natural materials contrasts with her technology-driven process, just as the story of the subjugated crucified woman contrasts with her current updated status as the patron saint of both abused and liberated women.

Much folk art is enjoyed solely for its decorative embellishments of utilitarian objects. Examples in this show include “Belle Starr,” winner of the second prize,” a banjo with a woman’s portrait painted on its face, its handle encrusted with jewelry, by Scott O’Hare of Baiting Hollow.

There are also Christmas ornaments made from Ukrainian-style painted eggs by Riverhead’s Holly Barlin and a hand painted chair by Anna Jurinich, also of Riverhead.

Many paintings in this exhibition borrow from the vivid flat patterns and nostalgic scenes associated with works by Grandma Moses, as well as from the stylized designs of stencils and the geometry of quilts. Most notable are two honorable mention works: “Red Barn” by Margarita Kritsberg of Southold, chosen for it’s quilt-like surface, and “Farm Life with Sheep” by Rhoda Gordon of Port Jefferson Station.

Viewers will also find “Still Life,” a floral painting on glass by Leo Revi of East Hampton, and “Soup’s On,” a charming kitchen interior scene by Barbara Haddon of Sag Harbor.

Two lively abstract color paintings, “Hysterical Delusion” by Maez of Bayside, which took third prize, and “Lola, which won an honorable mention, by Aija Meisters of Long Beach, are closer in spirit to contemporary outsider art than they are to traditional folk art. Today the lines between these two genres are often blurred.

Outsider Art is most often informed by the artist’s personal experiences and symbolism, folk art by shared cultural signs and symbols. The outsider artist, like the folk artist, is also self-taught and works outside the realm of those academically trained.
The show runs through July 15.

‘Folk Art’
Juried mulitmedia show
On view through July 15 at East End Arts Council gallery, 133 East Main St., Riverhead.
‘What Is Folk Art?’
Talk by guest juror Kathy Curran Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at EEAC gallery.
Call 727-0900 or visit eastendarts.org.

06/06/11 4:20pm
06/06/2011 4:20 PM

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.

In comedy:

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.”

In Drama:

Jennifer Etienne of Shoreham-Wading River received the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in “12 Angry Men.”

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In Musical:

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.”

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JOHN NEELY PHOTO | Riverhead Supporting Actor in a Musical nominee Jonathan Troiano is interviewed by WPPB's Bonnie Grice.

05/30/11 11:10am
05/30/2011 11:10 AM

The streets of downtown Riverhead were transformed into a canvass for local artists Sunday as the East End Arts Council hosted the 15th annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival.

At the heart of this celebration of the arts was the street painting, an art form dating back to the 16th century. Painters 14 years of age and older were assigned squares sponsored by local businesses.

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JOHN NEELY PHOTO | Riverhead High School student Kayla Lessard ponders her next move.

05/23/11 1:02pm
05/23/2011 1:02 PM


Creativity will have a field day in downtown Riverhead when the East End Arts Council hosts the 15th annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival Sunday, May 29.

At the heart of this celebration of the arts will be street painting, an art form dating back to the 16th century. Painters 14 years of age or older can register in advance at no charge. They will be assigned squares sponsored by local businesses.

On the day of the event, artists of all ages will be able to purchase squares for $20, which includes supplies.

In addition to street painting, the festival will offer face-painting and other arts and crafts activities for children, an exhibit and sale of work by local artists and an opportunity to meet EEAC’s artist in residence. Entertainment will include storytelling, performances by local musicians and a drumming and dance circle.

The Community Mosaic, which runs from noon to 5 p.m., will take place on Main Street between Roanoke Avenue and East Street and on the grounds of EEAC. Admission is free, and the rain date is Monday, May 30.

For information, visit eastendarts.org or call 727-0900.

05/17/11 2:12pm
05/17/2011 2:12 PM

After five years, the East End Student Film Project that mentored would-be film makers through instruction and competition could soon be folded into the East End Arts Council programs.

Paul Henry, project director, said Tuesday it’s become increasingly difficult to sustain the program financially and logistically as administrative needs grew.

“We are in the advanced stages of discussion” with Pat Snyder of the East End Arts Council on merging the film program into the council’s instructional programs, Mr. Henry said in a letter to supporters.

“Hopefully, there will be a summer student film program somewhere on the North Fork,” he wrote. “More importantly, we are working towards having a year-round program in place that I feel will substantially benefit the community.”

The program started with a student film competition that capped the summer season at the Greenport Theatre five years ago. It later expanded to offer instruction to the young would-be filmmakers.

“I consider the past five years to have been my film school and I am grateful to all the people involved in our program, especially the students, for teaching me so much about so many things, particularly making films,” Mr. Henry wrote.

For the full story, see Thursday’s News-Review or Suffolk Times.

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