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Nominated in 10 Categories, "Seussical: The Musical" is a Kenny Finalist

Students stand on Sheas staircaseThis year’s ACHS Operetta production of “Seussical: The Musical” was nominated in 10 categories for the Shea's Performing Arts Center and the Lipke Foundation Kenny Awards. The Kenny Awards recognize, reward and encourage student talent and achievement in high school musical theatre productions. 

A group of Operetta members attended the nomination announcement event. The KENNY Awards Ceremony is May 27 at Shea's Performing Arts Center.

The 74th Operetta production was nominated in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Orchestral Performance
  • Outstanding Choral Performance
  • Outstanding Scenic Design
  • Outstanding Dramatic Performance
  • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble: Wickersham Brothers
  • Blossom Cohen Award: Madison Mann '23 as Sour Kangaroo
  • Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Kaylee Starkweather '23 as Jojo
  • Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Rebekah Grande '23 as Gertrude McFuzz
  • Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role: Connor Hesch '24 as Cat in the Hat
  • Outstanding Musical Production: Seussical: the Musical

The production was an eye-popping, visually pleasing comedy that entertained audiences during three performances in February. Based on the children’s stories of Dr. Seuss, it featured the signature red and white striped hat of The Cat in the Hat, the lovable elephant, Horton, and a host of other Seussian characters and references to favorite Dr. Seuss books.

“This show is about community and finding positivity amidst the difficult situations of life,” said Justin Pomietlarz, Operetta director. “It’s got themes of love, support and caring and seemed like a good show for this year.”

Seussical poster Approximately 75 students were involved in this year's production. The Amherst Operetta has made history in a number of ways; as the longest running musical production with shows that pre-date the 1950s and the fact that it typically does not repeat productions. This year’s performance of Seussical: The Musical is an exception because it was the first production that Mr. Pomietlarz did when he was first hired in 2006. 

Once again the Family Matinee offered a chance for children attending to go up on stage and get autographs from the cast after the performance. There were Dr. Seuss books available for sale. Children were encouraged to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.