Elenbe Awards

Wayne County Council for the Arts

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ELENBE AWARDS - CELEBRATING 21 YEARS IN 2017.


​​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.
​2017 AWARDS - TUESDAY, MAY 30th - 6:0P NEWAHIGH SCHOOL

SPECIAL APPRECIATION AWARD


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. 

​​​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

Best Orchestra
Wayne Central
 
Outstanding Dance Ensemble
Marion

  Outstanding Support Crew
Marion

Featured Performer (Actress)

Mara Cornwell - as Grandman - Newark
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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