2013 Gene Kelly Award nominations for high school musical theater announced
May 9, 2013 6:00 PM
Lucas Grasha played the comedic role of Adolpho in Keystone Oaks High School's "The Drowsy Chaperone."
By Sharon Eberson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nominations for the 23rd annual Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater were announced Thursday. This year, 29 Allegheny County schools participated in the program that recognizes and encourages student achievement and promotes musical theater and arts education. Patterned after the Tony Awards, the Kellys give awards for productions and individual performances that are judged by 32 theater and business professionals who attend shows, deliberate and cast ballots that are tabulated in secret by Deloitte LLP. To recognize the variety of productions, some categories include nominees from three budget categories.
The Kelly Awards ceremony will be held at the Benedum Center on May 25, when more than 20 cash and university scholarships will be awarded. The winning best actor and actress will head to New York on July 1 to represent the Kellys in the National High School Musical Theater Awards.
The Gene Kelly Awards are co-presented by Pittsburgh CLO and the University of Pittsburgh, with support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, PNC Bank, American Eagle Outfitters, Virginia Nicklas and the CLO Ambassadors.
The participating high schools this year are Avonworth, Baldwin, Bishop Canevin, Central Catholic, Chartiers Valley, Deer Lakes, Elizabeth Forward, Hampton Township, Keystone Oaks, McKeesport, North Catholic, North Hills, Northgate, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Penn Hills, Pine-Richland, Pittsburgh Obama, Pittsburgh Brashear, Pittsburgh CAPA, Pittsburgh Perry, Plum, Quaker Valley, Riverview, Shady Side Academy, St. Joseph, West Allegheny, West Mifflin, Winchester Thurston and Woodland Hills.
The nominees for the 2013 Gene Kelly Awards are:
• Budget Level I: Pittsburgh Obama, "Once on This Island"; Pittsburgh CAPA, "In the Heights"; Quaker Valley, "Anything Goes"
• Budget Level II: Avonworth, "Phantom of the Opera"; Chartiers Valley, "9 to 5: the Musical"; Keystone Oaks, "The Drowsy Chaperone"