Newark High School took four Elenbe awards May 26 at the 15th annual Wayne County Performing Arts Celebration.

Newark High School took four Elenbe awards May 26 at the 15th annual Wayne County Performing Arts Celebration.

Three of the awards relate to the fall dramatic production of “Dirty Work at the Crossroads” directed by Steve Duprey.

Junior Olivia Howard won best actress role in a dramatic production for her portrayal of Nellie Lovelace. Junior Jack Venoski was winner of best actor in a dramatic production for his portrayal of Munro Murgatroyd. Senior Seth Case was awarded runner up for best supporting actor in a dramatic production for his portrayal of Mookie Maguggins.

The other award related to the spring musical “Fame,” also directed by Duprey. In that production, Freshman Mike Fedczuk was runner up for best supporting actor in a musical for his portrayal of Joe Vegas.
Elenbes are awarded each spring at Newark High Schools to students and directors involved in musical and dramatic productions in 10 Wayne County schools.

Last year Newark won five Elenbes; three in 2008-09; six in 2007-08; 11 in 2006-07; and five in 2005-06. Duprey directed all of the productions.

Judges in the contest, sponsored by the Lyons National Bank, are members of the Wayne County Council For the Arts who attend every performance.

Prior to the awards presentation May 26, three to four minute-vignettes from the various school musical and dramatic productions were performed.

Another highlight of the evening was a special Elenbe award for winner of the Best Master of Ceremonies presented by Newark School Superintendent Henry Hann to Don Alhart, 13-WHAM TV anchor, for the all- important role he has played each year in the Wayne County Performing Arts Celebration as master of ceremonies.

Hann said the region’s best known and highly respected television anchor has added an important and memorable component to the program each year.

“Don’s belief in the importance of this spirited competition has made an impact that is reflected in the quality of the musical and dramatic program offerings each year in our county,’’ he said. “And so tonight, we gratefully honor another faithful friend and supporter of the Wayne Performing Arts Celebration. Don Alhart, we cannot thank you enough.”