The sixth annual Hunting-Tony Awards were hosted at John W. Engeman Theater on Monday, packing the house with students, parents and faculty members involved in their high schools’ extra-curricular theatrical productions this school year.
There were 25 different categories, each recognizing either acting, singing, dance performances, stage crew, scenery, orchestra pits, costumes or technical productions.
Cold Spring Harbor secured one award, earned by Theodora Segal for co-Best Female Vocalist.
Commack High School secured five awards, including Adam Brett for Best Actor in a Musical; Jared Esposito for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; Kelsey Fisher for Best Actress in a Play; and “Sweeney Todd” for both Best Musical and Best Stage Crew in a Musical.
Elwood-John Glenn High School’s Lexie Spellman was named co-Best Female Actress in a Musical.
Half Hollow Hills High School East took home five total awards, including Elizabeth Thompson for co-Best Female Vocalist; David Lerner for co-Best Male Vocalist; Aidan Mallon for Best Lead Actor in a Play; for Best Stage Crew in a Play for “Harvey;” and Best Dance Performances for “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
High School West secured four awards, including Gianna Barberia for Best Supporting Actress in a Play; Sam Nackman for co-Best Male Vocalist; for Best Costumes in a Play for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and for Best Technical Production in a Musical for “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Harborfields tallied three awards, including Maeve Barth-Dwyer for co-Best Featured Actress in a Musical; Fin McDevitt for Best Supporting Actor in a Play; and Best Play for the school’s production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”
Huntington, meanwhile, earned four awards. They were Best Actress in a Musical to Nancy Fallon; Best Technical Production in a Play for the school’s production of “Don’t Drink the Water;” and both Best Ensemble and Best Scenery in a Musical for the production of “The Little Mermaid.”
Northport High School claimed two awards, one secured by Christine Lanzilotta for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical; and the other for Best Costumes in a Musical for the school production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”
Walt Whitman finished the night with three awards, including Delaney Guiliano for Best Supporting Actor; Best Orchestra Pit for the school’s production of “Hairspray;” and Best Scenery in a Play for its production of “The Miracle Worker.”
The annual awards show is sponsored by Town of Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.
Berland said it’s an honor to sponsor the event, and commended the students, faculty and staff members for their efforts to put together the various productions at high schools across the township.
They’ve “rehearsed tirelessly to perfect their productions, and their talent was evident from the fantastic student performances last night,” Berland said.
Cuthbertson said he is also proud to sponsor the awards show and congratulated the students, parents, teachers and staff members for their various achievements.
He added, “This awards ceremony celebrates the dedication, talent and hard work exhibited by the all of the students involved in their high school productions.”