STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE

The Kenny Awards recognizes area schools and their students in 15 award categories, including The Kenny for Outstanding Musical Production. There are two different types of award: production awards given to the finalist schools and individual awards acknowledging individual student performances. The production awards and the individual awards have their own respective evaluations and scoring.

Performance categories include acting, singing, and dancing for individuals and ensembles. Performers should understand their characters' motivations and how they fit into the larger picture, while executing lines, songs, and movement in an accurate and artistic manner..

Technical execution includes flow and execution of set and prop changes by the stage crew or performers, sound execution and quality, lighting, and technical effects (animation, audio-visual, automation, and rigging) based on the school's size and resources. To be considered for this category, all technical aspects must be run by students. Sets should be created by students, faculty, staff or volunteers and not rented, borrowed, or purchased. Costumes must be created by students, faculty, staff, or volunteers and not rented or borrowed

The Kenny Award Categories:
The Kenny - Outstanding Musical Production
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble
Blossom Cohan Award
Showstopper Award
Outstanding Dance Performance
Outstanding Dramatic Performance
Outstanding Choral Performance
Outstanding Orchestral Performance
Outstanding Technical Design
Outstanding Scenic Design
Outstanding Costume Design

All the award nominees and winners are selected by our active judging panel where evaluations and scores are reviewed and deliberated. The Kenny for Outstanding Musical Production is given to the school that produces the best musical given their unique challenges. Evaluations are scored on the following basis:

Fair (1): Interpretations and choices lack thorough creativity, forethought, and cohesive planning. Considering the school's circumstances and available resources, elements were pulled together in a manner that would be considered less than average at the high school level.

Average (2): Interpretations and choices showed creativity, forethought, and planning. Considering the school's circumstances and available resources, elements were pulled together in a manner that would be considered average for a high school production.

Good (3): Considering the school's circumstances and available resources, the production exceeded standards and guidelines. Interpretations were strong and cohesive, and elements were pulled together in a manner that would be considered above average for artists at the high school level.

Outstanding (4): Considering the school's circumstances and available resources, the production far exceeded all standards and guidelines. Interpretations were strong and cohesive. Caliber of work exhibited would be considered superior if executed by industry professionals working with the same budget and facility.

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