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NTHS Musical is Finalist for Shea’s Kenny Award
The musical to be presented in mid-November at North Tonawanda High School has been named a finalist for an award from The Lipke Foundation and Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The Kenny Awards have been presented by Shea’s for the last 21 years and recognizes local high school talent for excellence in producing and performing musicals.
North Tonawanda applied for the award and is one of seven high schools who have a chance to win $5,000 and will perform on Shea’s magnificent stage during the awards program. Other finalists are Eden Jr./Sr. High School, Fredonia High School, Maple Grove High, Orchard Park High School, Tonawanda High School and West Seneca.
NTHS students will perform ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ on Nov. 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Student Activity Center. Tickets are $7 for all shows. They can be purchased at the door or pre-sale by calling 807-3644.
“9 to 5 The Musical is a modern show based on the Dolly Parton movie and will impress theater go-ers. Our high quality performances and the students’ preparation are no different because of the Kenny nomination,” said Dean Vallas, who co-chairs the Drama Club along with Jane DiVirgilio.
More Interesting Facts from Mr. Vallas
Do the judges come to the performance? Yes, the judges will attend one of our performances. We don't know which one as of now.
If you win, how would you use the $5,000? The award would be used to purchase things to enhance the productions at NTHS. The money could be used to fill so many voids.
How many kids are involved? Over 50
Why is this exciting for the kids? “The most exciting part of being included in the Kenny Awards is the chance to perform on the stage at Shea's. Looking out from that historic proscenium will be a thrill for everyone. It is a chance of a lifetime for our students,” said Vallas.