Reviews, Kelly Critic reports and multimedia from the 2006 season at our High School Musical section
Three area high schools came away with a trio of awards each at last night's sold-out 2006 Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater, as Pine-Richland, North Allegheny, and Winchester Thurston schools were presented with the sculpted crystal prize.
The late Gene Kelly's widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, was on hand at the Benedum to present the final award for Best Musical.
In all, 31 Allegheny County high schools entered the competition.
This year's awards featured a new item, the Gene Kelly Scholarships -- $2,750 cash scholarships awarded to four high school seniors who have applied and been accepted to a school for the technical or performing arts. This year's recipients were Benjamin Clark of Pine-Richland, Anne Leonard, of Deer Lakes, Sara College of Baldwin, and Stephanie Bezeck from McKeesport.
The 2006 Gene Kelly Awards:
Best Scenic Design -- Pine-Richland
Best Costume Design -- Winchester Thurston
Best Lighting Design -- Woodland Hills
Best Actor in a Supporting Role -- Jeff Hahn Jr., North Allegheny High School
Best Actress in a Supporting Role -- Christina Bordini, Chartiers Valley High School
Best All-Student Orchestra -- Pine-Richland
Best Choreography -- Schenley High School
Best Crew/Technical Design -- South Park
Best Ensemble -- North Allegheny
Best Direction -- Winchester Thurston
Best Actor -- Billy Hepfinger, North Allegheny
Best Actress -- Mallory Praskovich, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Budget Level I -- Winchester Thurston
Budget Level II -- North Catholic
Budget Level III -- Pine-Richland
Also, South Fayette Elementary School received the Charles Gray Award for Special Achievement in Arts Education.
Look for more about the awards in the Post-Gazette's Monday Magazine section.
Philip A. Stephenson can be reached at email@example.com or 412-263-1419.