On Sunday, the East End Arts Council will present its Teeny Awards, modeled on the Tony Awards, which will be held a week later. The coveted Teenys recognize excellence by high school performers in local theater productions.
The student-studded event will begin at Westhampton Beach High School with a red carpet walk at 1:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 3.
The mission of the Teeny Awards is to, among other things, encourage theater students to pursue their dreams and to stimulate local interest while developing an understanding of the value of theater education in a well-rounded school curriculum.
“The Teeny Awards is the perfect opportunity to recognize our talented high school students on Long Island,” Patricia Snyder, the E.E.A.C.’s executive director, said. “We’re thrilled to sponsor this event and look forward to meeting the Island’s finest talent year after year.”
Judges with extensive theater experience attend high school productions across the East End and select nominees in approximately 20 categories, including best lead and supporting roles in comedy, musical, and drama, as well as best student-produced set design, choreography, and lighting. Those who participated in the Bay Street Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival are also recognized.
Students from the Ross School and East Hampton and Pierson High Schools have been nominated, as have theatrically inclined teenagers from points west. A full list of the nominees, along with other information, can be found on the East End Arts Council Web site, eastendarts.org.
Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for students, and can be purchased online at the Web site or at the door.