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Coffin Claims Teeny Award

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East Islip High School’s Jon Sawyer Coffin won the Best Supporting Actor in a Musical award at this year’s 2015 Islip Arts Council Teeny Awards, for his role as Riff in “West Side Story.” The ceremony was held June 7 at the Noel S. Ruiz Theater at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale.
“It’s great to be a part of a community that celebrates achievements in not only athletics and academics but in the arts as well,” said Coffin. “I am honored to receive the award.”

Other nominees were Danielle Pafundi for Best Lead Female in a Musical, Shannon Ransom for Best Female Cameo in a Musical and Alyssa Stephens for Best Supporting Female in a Musical. Andrew Sciallo earned the Director's Choice Award. Students Cami Clemons and Laura Coffin served as “Miss Teenys,” bringing awards out to the presenters.

East Islip was asked to perform at the Teenys for the first time in five years, with Jack Burke-McGoldrick, Coffin, James Kelly, Michael Krebs, Nick Motta, Evan Oldshein, Jake Osburne and Caleb Shulman wowing the audience with their rendition of “Gee, Officer Krupke.”

The Teeny Awards is a student arts recognition program patterned after the Tony Awards and sponsored by the Islip Arts Council. Its mission is to recognize and celebrate the talented students who participate in theater across the Town of Islip, encourage them to pursue their dreams, and to stimulate local interest while developing an understanding of the value of theater education in a well-rounded school curriculum.


Monday, July 22, 2019