2017 ELENBE PERFORMING ARTS AWARD WINNERS
Best Supporting Actress Drama
Winner: Nellie Geddes, Red Creek
Runnerup: Ivy Naughton, Red Creek
Best Supporting Actress Musical
Winner Sammi Datthyn, Sodus
Runnerup: Anna Bonafede, Marion
Best Supporting Actor Drama
Winner: Joe Goodman, Newark
Runnerup - Jacob Lindberg, Newark
Best Supporting Actor Musical
Winner: Evan Jackson, Sodus
Runnerup: Reese Holahan, Marion
Best Actress Drama
Winner: Emilie Pitts, Red Creek
Runnerup: Shelby Cramer, Newark
Best Actress Musical
Winner: Maddison Moore, Marion
Runnerup: Michaela Shaffer, Lyons
Best Actor Drama
Winner: Ian MacTaggart, Newark
Runnerup: Kyle Malcott, Red Creek
Best Actor Musical
Winner: Logan Champlin, Wayne
Runnerup: Joe Goodman, Newark
Outstanding Dance Ensemble
Outstanding Support Crew
Featured Performer (Actress)
Mara Cornwell - as Grandman - Newark
Featured Performer (Actor)
Cody Acquista - as Pugsley Addams, Newark
Best Original Poster for Drama
Newark - poster by Shelby Cramer
Best Original Poster for Musical
Sodus - poster by Hannah Lewis
Best Bill-Play for Drama
Red Creek - "A Murder is Announced"
Best Bill-Play for Musical
Marion - "Hello Dolly!"
Best Production Drama
Winner: "A Murder is Announced" - Red Creek - directed by David Hinkhouse
Runnerup: "Anatomy of Gray" - Newark - directed by Emily Howard
Best Production Musical
Winner: "The Addams Family" - Newark - directed by Emily Howard
Runnerup: "Hello Dolly!" - Marion - directed by Shelly West Thompson
Two years before the Stars of Tomorrow program was launched by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League, Wayne County led the way with the Elenbe Awards.
Best described as the “High School Tony Awards of Wayne County”, The Elenbe Awards recognizes excellence in drama and musical productions, both individuals and overall productions, in Wayne County high schools. It was established in 1997 largely in part to efforts by Newark Superintendent (at the time) Bob Christmann and the Wayne County Council for the Arts.
In recent years Sue Bacon has served as the liaison between the schools, judges and the Council. Any adult in Wayne County is eligible to participate as a judge. Judges attend high school dramas and musicals throughout the year and rate performances with a Council established ratings sheet. Not all schools choose to participate every year. In May, a “red carpet” awards ceremony takes place at Newark High School (and broadcasts live on television). Each participating school has the opportunity to perform a short selection from their production. Due to copyright issues this portion of the ceremony cannot be aired on TV. Pre-taped interviews with the director and student representatives from each school are broadcast before the ceremony. Don Alhart serves as the Emcee for the ceremony (and has since its inception). A representative from Wayne Arts Council as well as Lyons National Bank are present and participate (short speech) as does Newark Board of Education President. Awards are presented to a winner and a runner-up in several categories (Best Supporting Actress/Actor in Play/Musical, Best Actress/Actor in Play/Musical etc.) as well as several ensemble awards and an overall production award. Winners are presented with a trophy and have the opportunity to give a short “thank you” acceptance speech. The schools that win overall best production also receive a monetary award sponsored by Lyons National Bank. LNB serves as the corporate sponsor for the program which is run by Wayne County Council for the Arts. It is a very exciting evening. Students are often dressed up and it feels like a red carpet event.
Wayne County is really a leader in recognizing achievement in the performing arts at the high school level.
To celebrate our 40th Anniversary this year and our involvement in the Elenbe Awards since it's beginning, we presented a special appreciation award to the person who has been involved with the Elenbe's since 1999 starting as a judge and eventually taking over the coordinator position. Our congratulations goes out to our member, SUE BACON!! Sue coordinates the coverage, pulls together the judging sheets and then tallies them all together to determine the winners. The many hours she puts to into the whole process is greatly appreciated by all.
Wayne County Council for the Arts