Westmoreland County's Night of Stars celebrates student musicals for 17th year

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The 17th annual Westmoreland Night of the Stars celebrating students who help create their high school musicals was a sellout Wednesday at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. The event attracts participants from 15 Westmoreland County schools, which get 10 minutes each to showcase a highlight from their school's show or an individual performance. Several scholarships are awarded each year, but this is not a competition; rather, it's a tribute to the students' dedication.

Founder and host John Noble, who attends rehearsals or performances of each show, continued to offer introductions for each showcase, and Stage Right School for the Performing Arts gave away 10 scholarships to their summer performance camps, which pushed them past $50,000 in scholarships for the past 10 years. Students not only perform but they act as backstage crew and creative team, under the supervision of Stage Right's Tony Marino.

Ryan Stana of RWS and Associates Entertainment Inc., who participated in the first Night of the Stars 17 years ago, awarded $2,000 scholarships to seniors Nick Lenz and Peter Jones of Greensburg Central Catholic High School, and Greensburg Salem senior Brian Sweeney won the Monnagher Scholarship.

"Do You Hear the People Sing" from "Les Miserables" is the traditional Night of Stars finale. When it was down, Mr. Noble, recipient of the first Westmoreland Hearts of the Arts Award, was swarmed by the student participants.

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