2014 Gene Kelly Award nominees announced


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The nominees for the 24th Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater were announced yesterday by Pittsburgh CLO and the University of Pittsburgh.

The spring musicals of 29 Allegheny County schools were seen by groups of judges from among 30 performing arts educators, arts administrators and entertainment professionals. The judges gathered on May 2 to review highlights from each performance, deliberate and vote in secret balloting tabulated by Deloitte LLP.

Participating schools were Avonworth, Baldwin, Bishop Canevin, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, Central Catholic, Chartiers Valley, Elizabeth Forward, Hampton Township, Keystone Oaks, McKeesport, North Hills, Northgate, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Penn Hills, Pine-Richland, Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy, Pittsburgh Brashear, Pittsburgh CAPA, Pittsburgh Perry, Plum, Quaker Valley, Riverview, Shady Side Academy, Springdale, St. Joseph, West Allegheny, West Mifflin, Winchester Thurston and Woodland Hills.

Watch for the winners to be announced and the awarding of several cash and university scholarships at the Tony Awards-inspired ceremony. Patricia Ward Kelly, widow of Hollywood legend and Pittsburgh native Gene Kelly, will once again participate in the awards show, which begins 7:30 p.m. May 24 at the Benedum Center, Downtown. The best actor and actress will represent the Pittsburgh CLO’s Gene Kelly Awards in the sixth annual National High School Musical Theater Awards June 30 in New York City.

Nominees for the 2014 Gene Kelly Awards are:

BEST MUSICAL

Budget Level I: Pittsburgh Obama, “The Wiz”; Quaker Valley, “Pirates of Penzance”; St. Joseph, “Shrek, the Musical”

Budget Level II: Bishop Canevin, “The Drowsy Chaperone”; Central Catholic, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”; Hampton, “Young Frankenstein”

Budget Level III: Penn Hills “The Wiz”; Pine-Richland, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”; West Allegheny, “Catch Me If You Can”

SCENIC DESIGN

Budget Level I: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, “The Wiz”; Pittsburgh Perry, “Seussical”; St. Joseph, “Shrek, the Musical”

Budget Level II: Central Catholic, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”; Hampton, “Young Frankenstein”; Riverview, “Fiddler on the Roof”

Budget Level III: Pine-Richland, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”; West Allegheny, “Catch Me If You Can”; Woodland Hills, “Sweeney Todd”

COSTUME DESIGN

Budget Level I: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart “The Wiz”; Quaker Valley, “Pirates of Penzance”; St. Joseph, “Shrek, the Musical”

Budget Level II: Bishop Canevin, “The Drowsy Chaperone”; Central Catholic, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”; Hampton, “Young Frankenstein”

Budget Level III: Baldwin, “Shrek, the Musical”; Pine-Richland, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”’ Woodland Hills, “Sweeney Todd”

LIGHTING DESIGN

Budget Level I: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, “The Wiz”; Pittsburgh CAPA, “Footloose”; St. Joseph, “Shrek, the Musical”

Budget Level II: Central Catholic, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”; Hampton, “Young Frankenstein”; Riverview, “Fiddler on the Roof”

Budget Level III: Avonworth, “Man of La Mancha”; West Allegheny, “Catch Me If You Can”; Woodland Hills, “Sweeney Todd”

BEST ENSEMBLE

Central Catholic, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”

Hampton, “Young Frankenstein”

Pittsburgh Obama, “The Wiz”

Quaker Valley, “Pirates of Penzance”

St. Joseph, “Shrek, the Musical”

West Allegheny, “Catch Me If You Can”

ALL-STUDENT ORCHESTRA

Baldwin, “Shrek, the Musical”

Hampton, “Young Frankenstein”

North Hills, “42nd Street”

Pittsburgh Obama, “The Wiz”

Pittsburgh CAPA, “Footloose”

West Mifflin, “Bye Bye Birdie”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Rush Hodgin, Pine-Richland, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Noah Baynes Lheureau, Bishop Canevin, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Drew Praskovich Pittsburgh CAPA, “Footloose”

Julius Ralph Penn Hills “The Wiz”

Quintin Reynolds, North Catholic, “Children of Eden”

Michael Zak, Central Catholic, “Spamalot”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Leah Prestogeorge, Woodland Hills, “Sweeney Todd”

Amanda Rulis Hampton, “Young Frankenstein”

Jillian Schmidt, Pine-Richland, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Mara Singleton, Plum, “My Favorite Year”

Ashley Sitarik, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, “The Wiz”

Brook Taylor Woodland Hills, “Sweeney Todd”

BEST CREW/TECHNICAL EXECUTION

Baldwin, “Shrek, the Musical”

Hampton, “Young Frankenstein”

Pine-Richland, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Pittsburgh Obama, “The Wiz”

Riverview, “Fiddler on the Roof”

Woodland Hills, “Sweeney Todd”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Central Catholic, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”

Hampton, “Young Frankenstein”

Pine-Richland, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Pittsburgh Obama, “The Wiz”

Pittsburgh CAPA, “Footloose”

West Allegheny, “Catch Me If You Can”

BEST DIRECTION

Central Catholic, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”

Hampton, “Young Frankenstein”

Pine-Richland, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Pittsburgh Obama, “The Wiz”

Quaker Valley, “Pirates of Penzance”

St. Joseph, “Shrek, the Musical”

BEST ACTOR

Ryan Borgo, West Allegheny, “Catch Me If You Can”

Connor Cook, Plum, “My Favorite Year”

Tom Curry, West Allegheny, “Catch Me If You Can”

Peter Heres, Quaker Valley, “Pirates of Penzance”

Adam Rayan, Penn Hills, “The Wiz”

Nathanial Yost, Central Catholic, “Monty Python’s Spamalot”

BEST ACTRESS

Abby Dionise, Pine-Richland, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Alexandra Illescas, Pittsburgh CAPA, “Footloose”

Alexis Loiselle, Pine-Richland, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Mallory Milberger, St. Joseph, “Shrek, the Musical”

Marnie Quick, Pittsburgh Obama, “The Wiz”

Savannah Wiggins Penn Hills “The Wiz” “Dorothy”

Tickets for the Gene Kelly Awards go on sale May 13; details at pittsburghclo.org or 412-456-6666.


Sharon Eberson: seberson@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1960. Twitter: SEberson_pg. First Published May 7, 2014 10:02 AM

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