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East End Arts Announces New Teeny Awards Judging Category: Best Ensemble Production

Originally Posted: February 13, 2012

Riverhead - East End Arts Teeny Awards is very pleased to announce a new judging category to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the high school theatre recognition program: Best Ensemble Production.

"We wanted an award to go to the whole team - the actors, set designers, choreographers, production people," said Morgan Vaughan, Teeny Awards Coordinator. "In theatre, as in sports - and life really - it takes a village, and we wanted an award to go to the school play that best incorporates that spirit of working together for a single cause."

The Teeny Awards, conceived from the idea of the Antoinette Perry Awards - The Tony Awards - for Broadway shows, has been celebrating excellence in high school theater across the East End of Long Island since 2002 by recognizing student talent with judging categories such as Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress in three categories of Drama, Comedy, and Musical. Individual awards also go for design categories including Program Art, Set or Lighting, and Choreography. The coveted "Judges Choice" award goes to an exemplary performance or performer and has sometimes gone to an entire cast or play, but it can also go to an individual.

"This new category, Best Ensemble, is really about singularity of purpose and team spirit," Vaughan noted.

"The Best Ensemble category will fill the space of honoring the entire cast and crew," Vaughan said. "Anyone who has ever been on stage knows the importance of every single person there. If that plate of sardines isn't set just right, for instance, in 'Noises Off,' an actor can literally be left holding nothing and the entire play suffers."

Through the Teeny Awards program, East End Arts strives to raise the bar on theater education by encouraging increased attendance and community pride at school productions, much like school sports programs. Behind-the-scenes coordination takes place throughout the calendar year, as volunteer judges attend all high school theatrical performances on the East End to determine the best for nomination, and in June, the winners, the best of the best, are announced at the Teeny Awards Gala Ceremony.

For more information about the Teeny Awards, contact Vaughan at teenyawards@eastendarts.org or 310-600-4296, or click below.

East End Arts Council, established in 1972, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Proceeds of all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit our mission of bringing the arts to everyone and inspiring our communities through service, advocacy and education.

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