Students on Red Carpet at Teeny Awards

At a red carpet gala, East End Arts celebrated the best in school theater with its 15th annual Teeny Awards ceremony on Sunday at Southampton High School

Two local student actors won top honors in their categories: Matthew Schiavoni from Pierson High School tied for best lead male in a play for his role as Elwood P. Dowd in "Harvey." Madison Mannix of East Hampton High School tied for best supporting female in a musical for her performance as Daniela in "In the Heights."

The Judges' Choice award -- given to a particular scene, musical number, dance number, or ensemble effort that warrants special recognition -- was awarded to the musical number "Carnival" from "In the Heights" at East Hampton High School for its "energy and celebration of diversity on stage."

"I am so proud of this year's group of performers and am thrilled at this incredible opportunity to honor them," Anita Boyer, the coordinator of the Teeny Awards, said in a release.

Teeny Awards judges anonymously attend theatrical productions during the school year presented at 16 participating East End high schools.

Finalists from locals schools were featured in almost all categories. From Pierson, Eva Doyle, Anna Francesca Schiavoni, Myrtle Mae Simmons, Matthew Schiavoni, Lola Lama, Yanni Bitis, Graham DiLorenzo, and Reilly Rose Schombs were all nominated for their roles in the school's two productions — "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "Harvey." East Hampton's Alfredo Chavez and Vincenzo Salsedo were nominated for their performances in the musical "In The Heights." Mary Chernovisova from Ross was nominated for "One Acts," and Hallie Della-Volpe from Southampton High School for her lead performance in "Into the Woods."

Also honored on Sunday were local students on the technical side of these productions, including stage managers and assistant directors. Among those recognized were Natalie Federico, Rachel Williams, Simone Kessler, and Nick Knab at Pierson, and Hannah Dayton and Sabrina Liddle from Ross.