The second annual "Hunting-Tony" Awards, held at the John W. Engeman Theater Tuesday night, packed the house with students, parents and faculty members involved in their respective high schools' extra-curricular performing arts programs.
Sponsored by Huntington Town Council members Mark Cuthbertson and Susan A. Berland, the "Hunting-Tony" Awards featured a pre-show in which student nominees, many of whom wore tuxedos and evening gowns, walked a red carpet that was sponsored by Fred's Carpet of East Northport. The show began with opening remarks from Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Berland, along with an introduction from John W. Engeman Theater's Producing Artistic Director Richard T. Dolce.
The "Hunting-Tony's" had twenty-six categories that recognized acting, singing, choreography, stage crew and design, orchestra pits, costumes and playbill design. A panel of volunteer judges attended each play and musical production performed by a public high school within the Town of Huntington and determined the winners by using a standard judging rubric. The ceremony also featured musical numbers from five high school productions: John H. GlennHigh School's Jakeim Hart singing "Close Every Door" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cold Spring Harbor High School's Jake Lisabeth and Julie Biedry singing "I Like Your Style" from Barnum, Commack High School's Ashley Reyes, Tiffany Eatz, Ashley Ferraro, Alyssa Curcio and Anthony Funcheon singing "Five Forever" from Little Women; Walt Whitman High School's Sean Conlon and Joe Cairl performing "Right Track" from Pippin and Harborfields High School's Zoe Katsaros, Danny Saulle and Scott Oliveri, singing "Little Known Facts" from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
For more information, or a complete list of winners for the second annual "Hunting-Tony" Awards, call 351-2877.
The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island's only year round professional theater company, casting its actors from the Broadway talent pool. For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com.