Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Lipke Foundation Announce 2022 Kenny Awards Ceremony

The Shea’s Performing Arts Center and the Lipke Foundation announced the 2022 Kenny Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Shea’s Buffalo Theater. This event will mark the 29th celebration of high school musical theater programs in Western New York.

According to Thembi Duncan, Director of Arts Engagement and Education at Shea, “We are thrilled that after two years away from the stage, the Kenny Awards are taking place in person. We look forward to celebrating not only the students, but the dedication and commitment of parents, volunteers and local businesses to make these productions happen.”

The 16 schools participating in the 2022 Kenny Awards program:

Amherst Central High School

Sweeney Todd: the demon barber

From Fleet Street

Barker High School

Little Women: The Musical

East Aurora High School

Shrek: The Musical

Eden High School

guys and dolls

Elba Central School


Iroquois High School

The Wedding Singer

John F. Kennedy High School

Mary Poppins

Lancaster High School

Catch Me If You Can

Lewiston Porter High School

Little Shop of Horrors

Maple Grove High School

In the woods

Nardin Academy

Freaky Friday The Disney Musical

Pine Valley High School

Little Shop of Horrors

Mary’s High School

Little Shop of Horrors

Starpoint High School

Newsies: The Broadway Musical

Tonawanda High School

Mathilde the musical

Williamsville East High School

Seussical: the musical

Five finalist schools will perform at the ceremony and prizes will be awarded in 17 categories, including the “Kenny” for outstanding musical production. The school receiving the Kenny will also receive a $10,000 cash grant from the Lipke Foundation to support its musical theater program.

Tickets for the ceremony are $10 and are available at and at Shea’s Box Office, 650 Main St., Buffalo. To learn more, visit our website and follow Shea’s Arts Engagement and Education Department on Facebook.

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