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It was another exciting night for the Newark Drama Club as it won 7 ELENBE awards at the 27th annual Wayne County Performing Arts Awards Celebration.
Six of the awards pertain to the to the fall drama production of “8 Minutes Left” including it being the Runner-Up for Best Drama Production and 1 was for the spring musical production of “The Wedding Singer.”
Both productions were directed by Newark High School English11 teacher Emily Howard.
The other ELENBE awards: Best Lead Actress in a Play Felicity Brey Best Lead Actor in a Play Ian Murphy Best Supporting Actress in a Play Bella Humphrey Runner-Up Best Supporting Actress in a Play Addison Burgess Best Supporting Actor in a Play Jadon Kowaleski Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Ian Murphy
After the event Howard said:
“One more huge congratulations to the Elenbe Runner Up Best Drama _ 8 Minutes Left! This was a challenging piece that required vulnerability and maturity. THANK YOU to this dedicated group of young actors and technicians who continue to trust the process and work toward a common goal. I am extremely proud of every single NHS student who said “yes” this year to being a part of the fall drama or spring musical. It is a courageous act.
“On a personal note - creating theatre with all of you is my favorite thing in the whole world. Gold stars all around!”
Newark Superintendent Susan Hasenauer congratulated Howard and the Newark Drama Club on their wins.
“I once again commend both Emily Howard and the Newark Drama Club for the great recognition they received again this year at the Wayne County Performing Arts Awards Celebration,” she said. “They, along with (NHS Vocal Music teacher) Kate Flock and others from the Music Department, work very hard each year to produce great productions. Take a bow!”
“I was so pleased to see the Drama Department celebrated so well at the awards. Our students work very hard and the recognition for the time and effort for these productions is wonderful. Congratulations to the cast and crew of our productions, and to Ms. Howard on her hard work and dedication to the performing arts,” said NHS Principal Kelly A. Zielke.
ELENBEs are typically given out each spring at NHS to students and directors involved in musical and dramatic productions in 8 Wayne County schools.
Wayne County Council for the Arts Judges in the contest, annually sponsored by the Lyons National Bank, attend every performance.
As he has done for the last 25 out of 27 years, Don Alhart, 13- WHAM TV anchor, wonderfully emceed the Wayne County Performing Arts Celebration as Master of Ceremonies.
Lyons National Bank has funded this program in its entirety since the first year. The name of the award, The ELENBE, finds its source in the LNB letters representing the Lyons National Bank. Alhart was introduced by Robert Schick, Chairman and CEO of Lyons Bancorp Inc. and The Lyons National Bank.
The Wayne County Performing Arts Awards Celebration program (The ELENBEs), was founded by former Newark Central School District Superintendent Robert Christmann, who was also Superintendent of the Grand Island School District before retiring in 2012.