Northport– The seventh annual Hunting-Tony Awards, held at the John W. Engeman Theater June 4, packed the house with students, parents and faculty members who were involved in their high schools’ extra-curricular theatrical productions over the 2016/2017 school year. The Hunting-Tony’s had twenty-five categories that recognized acting, singing, dance performances, stage crew, scenery, orchestra pits, costumes and technical productions.
Sponsored by Town of Huntington Councilmembers Mark Cuthbertson and Susan A. Berland, and the John W. Engeman Theater of Northport, the Hunting-Tony Awards ceremony featured a pre-show in which student nominees, many of whom wore tuxedos and evening gowns, walked the red carpet. The show began with opening remarks from Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Berland and featured musical numbers from Walt Whitman High School’s “Aida,” Half Hollow Hill High School West’s “Big Fish,” John H. Glenn High School’s “Grease,” and Commack High School’s “My Fair Lady.”
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, “I am proud to sponsor the seventh annual Hunting-Tony awards at the John W. Engeman Theater and wish to thank Kevin O’Neill and Richard Dolce for hosting this event once again. It is my hope that this ceremony helps to celebrate and recognize the dedication, talent and hard work exhibited by the all of the students involved in their high school productions and the immense effort that is put into each and every show. I wish to congratulate and thank all of the students, parents, teachers and school staff involved for all of their efforts in creating these wonderful theatrical productions.”
“It was a pleasure to sponsor the Hunting-Tony Awards at the Engeman Theatre for the seventh year in a row,” said Councilwoman Susan A. Berland. “As a passionate supporter of the arts, I was honored to recognize and celebrate all of the students' hard work. The talented performances in this year’s productions were a testament to their dedication and commitment to the performing arts. The faculty advisors and directors should also be commended for all of their hard work to perfect their productions. I want to thank Kevin O’Neill and Richard Dolce of the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport for their continued generosity and ongoing support of this wonderful event. Congratulations again to all of the nominees!”
Click here for a list of the winners.
For more information about the Hunting-Tony Awards, please call 351-2877.