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Teen Thespians Lauded

Tue, 05/28/2024 - 11:33
Dakota Quackenbush, in red, portrays Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes.” She was accompanied by four “angels,” from left, Skylar Hand, Emma Hand, Kayla Kenlock, and Alessa Picco, as the photographer, Yazmin Pinedo, snapped photos.
Durell Godfrey

Ten students from high schools here have been nominated for their accomplishments in theater by East End Arts, the organization that hosts the Teeny Awards annually.

Modeled after Broadway's Tony Awards, the Teeny Awards were established in 2002. "We believe in unleashing the creativity of teens who perform on stage and those that work behind the scenes to make the magic happen," the organization said in announcing the 2024 nominees.

From Pierson High School in Sag Harbor, Ally Cottrell has been nominated for lead role in a drama for her performance as Beth March in "Little Women." Dakota Quackenbush from East Hampton High School was nominated in the lead role in a musical comedy category for playing Reno Sweeney in "Anything Goes." Jadiel Rodriguez, also from East Hampton, got a nod in the same category for portraying Moonface Martin in that play.

From the Ross School in East Hampton, Michael J. Coppola was nominated in the category of lead role in a comedic play for his performance in "The Lifespan of a Fact."

For lead role in a musical drama, three Pierson students were nominated for their roles in "The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical": Carter Kleinsmith, who played Percy Jackson, Tucker Kinney, who played Grover, and Wyeth Zeff, who played Annabeth Chase.

Carter also was nominated for supporting role in a drama for his turn as Laurie Laurence in "Little Women." For supporting role in a musical comedy, East Hampton's Patrick Conlon scored a nomination for his portrayal of Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in "Anything Goes."

Two students received outstanding poster design nominations: Gianna D'Agostino of the Ross School for "The Lifespan of a Fact" and Anna Dwyer of East Hampton for "Anything Goes."

The Teeny Awards ceremony is set for June 9 at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, with the red-carpet entrance at 1 p.m. and the awards at 3. The celebration will include reprisals of favorite musical numbers and scenes from the year's shows, all of which were attended by an anonymous panel of judges. 

Tickets can be purchased on the East End Arts website.

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