Student thespians take their bows

Stephen Peppaceno

Young thespians from across eastern Long Island took their bows Sunday during the East End Arts Council’s eighth annual Teeny Awards at Riverhead High School. The red-carpet ceremony, which is modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, recognizes excellence in high school theater, evaluating students on delivery, stage presence and skills in movement. Awards are also bestowed in several technical categories. In addition to the $200 scholarship awarded each winner, Five Towns College in Dix Hills selected four students to each receive a $2,000 scholarship in theater performance, including Madeleine Burlingame of Mattituck High School and Haylie Kinsler of Shoreham-Wading River.

In comedy:

Southold High School’s Stephen D’Amico took the award for best lead actor in “Love is Contagious.” Shoreham Wading River’s Haylie Kinsler, who starred in “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” was named best lead actress. Ken Hawrey and Andrew Miller, both from Shoreham-Wading River High School, tied for best supporting actor in the “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” and Mattituck High School’s Madeleine Burlingame was named best supporting actress in the “The Curious Savage.” Sarah Conlin, who played a minor role in Mattituck High School’s “The Curious Savage,” received the “outstanding performance award” for an actor not adjudicated in a lead or supporting role.

In drama:

McGann-Mercy High School’s Chris Bender and Nicole Simons, who co-starred in “The Crucible,” took the award for best lead actor and actress. Nick Motlenski, who also performed in “The Crucible,” was named best supporting actor.

In a musical:

Southold High School’s Ivy Croteau was named best lead actress for her performance in “Oliver!” and Riverhead High School’s Stephen Peppaceno won the best supporting actor award for “Fame.”


Greenport High School’s Holly Sponza and Kaitlin McElroy took the award for best choreography in the musical “Grease.”

stage management:

Three students from the North Fork received awards for excellence in stage management: Greenport’s Callie Bubb, who managed “Grease,” Mattituck’s Casey Burns, who managed “The Curious Savage,” and Riverhead’s Bryan White, who managed “A Night of Comedy” and “Fame.”

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