Helen Mirren and other Tony noms gave high schoolers a sweet surprise

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Helen Mirren Gives Theater Students Broadway Calibre Surprise

Dame Helen Mirren and other Tony nominees gave a number of Long Island high school theater students a surprise of Broadway proportions.
When Broadway producer Rob Hinderliter was asked to attend the 13th annual East End Arts Council Teeny Awards on Sunday as a presenter, he had to reluctantly decline. The Teenys, which recognize outstanding performances in East End Long Island high school theatrical productions, are always held on the same day as the Tonys.

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The 29-year-old Long Island native was a two-time Teeny nominee back in 2004, and on this past Sunday night he became a three-time Tony nominee for being a producer on "An American In Paris," "On The Town," and "You Can't Take It With You."

However, Hinderliter couldn't just say no to the Teenys.

"Though I didn't take home either of the two awards that day in 2004, the East End Arts Council and The Teeny Awards, along with my high school drama teacher, Linda Howard, are what started the fire in me to perform and be involved in the Entertainment industry," he told HuffPost Live in an email.

Instead, Hinderliter put together a video so could he could present digitally, and he brought a few friends along with him. To help present were Tony nominees Tony Yazbeck ("On The Town") and Dame Helen Mirren ("The Audience"). Mirren would go on to win the Tony for Best Actress in a Play later that night.

Anita Boyer, one of the coordinators of the Teeny Awards, told Newsday the students went crazy when they saw Mirren.

In an email to Hinderliter she wrote, "As I was leaving I saw some of the nominees who did not win in that category and I gave them a hug and they said, 'Whatever, Helen Mirren said my name!'"

Hinderliter says he remembers how it felt to not win a Teeny back in 2004, but the Broadway producer is proof you don't need an award to be a winner.

Check out the full video here:



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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Helen Mirren, winner of the award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for 'The Audience,' poses in the press room during the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Helen Mirren accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for “The Audience” onstage during the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
"House Full" sign for The Audience with Helen Mirren at Gielgud Theatre, London
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Dame Helen Mirren (C) bows at the curtain call during the press night performance of 'The Audience' at the Gielgud Theatre on March 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Dame Helen Mirren bows at the curtain call during the press night performance of 'The Audience' at the Gielgud Theatre on March 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Dame Helen Mirren attends an after party following the press night performance of 'The Audience' at One Whitehall Place on March 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 09: Dame Helen Mirren sighting leaving the Geilgud Theatre following her performance in The Audience on May 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Chapman/FilmMagic)
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