At Saturday’s Gene Kelly Awards, the 2014 Kelly Critics Award went to David Shoemaker, a graduating senior from Baldwin High School. In addition to the trophy, he won $500, contributed by Richard E. Rauh and others.
The Kelly Critics, of whom there were 17 this year from 11 of the 29 Kelly Award high schools, review one or more of other Kelly schools’ musicals. Mr. Shoemaker’s winning two reviews were of Pittsburgh Obama Academy’s “The Wiz” and Keystone Oaks’ “Curtains.”
The Kelly Critics is a joint program of the Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh CLO's Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musicals, in which students at Kelly schools review musicals at other Kelly schools. The 24 reviews by 17 Kelly Critics are available individually at www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance or with links available on this page.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Showmaker gracefully gave the credit to the two musicals he reviewed, saying it was easy to review musicals produced with such obvious enthusiasm and passion.
In addition, three runners-up were announced by Christopher Rawson, Post-Gazelle senior theater critic who mentors the program: Morgan Seiff, a rising sophomore at Hampton; Sara Oros, a rising junior at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart; and Maura Kay, a graduating senior at Baldwin.