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Fillmore Selected as a Finalist for 2020 Kenny Awards

October 15, 2019


MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Sweeney  |  716-829-1181 




Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Performing Arts Center announces the ten finalists for the 2020 Kenny Awards, which will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. The Kenny Awards, presented by Shea’s Performing Arts Center and The Lipke Foundation, and now in its 27th year, celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre in Western New York. The Lipke Foundation will provide a $10,000 grant to the theatre program that receives the award for Outstanding Musical Production.


The ten finalist schools for the 2020 Kenny Awards are:

Akron High School (Akron, NY)

Disney’s High School Musical                                             

March 6-7, 2020


Amherst Central High School (Amherst, NY)            


February 6-8, 2020


Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart (Amherst, NY)

Matilda the Musical                                                             

November 15-17, 2020


Cardinal O’Hara High School (Tonawanda, NY)

Shrek the Musical                                                                 

March 12-15, 2020


Eden High School (Eden, NY)                                          

42nd Street                                                              

March 5-8, 2020

Fillmore Central School (Fillmore, NY)                        

Bye Bye Birdie                                                        

April 1-4, 2020


Lewiston-Porter High School (Youngstown, NY)

Mamma Mia!                                                        

February 13-16, 2020


Lockport High School (Lockport, NY)                            

Hello, Dolly!                                                           

April 3-5, 2020


Maple Grove Jr./Sr. High School (Beamus Point, NY)

Matilda the Musical                                                             

March 27-29, 2020


Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School (Sanborn, NY)

Mary Poppins                                                        

March 6-8, 2020


Finalists are eligible for the following award categories: Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Orchestral

Performance, Outstanding Technical Design, Outstanding Choral Performance, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding

Dramatic Performance, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Dance Performance, The Showstopper Award,

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, The Blossom Cohan Award, Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role,

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role, and Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role. The 2019 Outstanding Musical Production Award recipient was Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, for their production of Les Misérables.


Recipients of the Outstanding Leading Actress and Actor awards will travel to New York City to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards) produced by the Broadway League Foundation at the Minskoff Theatre. Penelope Sergi of West Seneca West High School (Legally Blonde) and Matthew Wilson of Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts (Les Misérables) represented Western New York at the 2019 Jimmy Awards. 







About Shea’s Performing Arts Center Arts Engagement and Education Department


The Shea’s Performing Arts Center Department of Arts Engagement and Education seeks to provide opportunities for everyone in Western New York to experience arts engagement (community-building through shared arts experiences), arts integration (connecting art forms to educational objectives in a structured learning environment), and arts education (learning the principles of the artistic process).