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Pittsburgh CLO Announces 2017 Gene Kelly Award Nominees; Ceremony Set for May 27th!

Pittsburgh CLO Announces 2017 Gene Kelly Award Nominees; Ceremony Set for May 27th!

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the nominees for the 27th Annual Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater. The awards show will take place on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Over the past three months, a panel of 32 judges have attended the performances by the following 27 Allegheny County high schools: Avonworth High School, Baldwin High School, Bishop Canevin High School, Central Catholic, Chartiers Valley High School, Deer Lakes High School, Elizabeth Forward High School, Hampton High School, Keystone Oaks High School, North Hills High School, Northgate High School, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, Pine-Richland High School, Pittsburgh Allderdice, Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Pittsburgh CAPA High School, Pittsburgh Perry, Plum Senior High School, Quaker Valley High School, Riverview High School, Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School, Springdale Jr-Sr High School, St. Joseph High School, West Allegheny, West Mifflin Area High School and Woodland Hills High School.

The judging panel was comprised of performing arts educators, arts administrators, entertainment professionals and performers. On May 5 these judges met and reviewed highlights from each high school performance. The scoring was then tabulated by Deloitte LLP.


The Nominees for the 2017 Gene Kelly Awards are:

Best Scenic Design

Budget Level I

Pittsburgh CAPA

Anything Goes

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Sister Act

Pittsburgh Perry

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown

Budget Level II

Central Catholic

In the Heights

Elizabeth Forward

Anything Goes

Hampton

Big Fish

Budget Level III

West Allegheny

Thoroughly Modern Millie

West Mifflin

Anything Goes

Woodland Hills

Monty Python's Spamalot

Best Costume Design

Budget Level I

Deer Lakes

Little Shop of Horrors

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Sister Act

St. Joseph

Hello, Dolly!

Budget Level II

Elizabeth Forward

Anything Goes

Hampton

Big Fish

Quaker Valley

The Sound of Plaid

Budget Level III

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

West Allegheny

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Woodland Hills

Monty Python's Spamalot

Best Lighting Design

Budget Level I

Deer Lakes

Little Shop of Horrors

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Footloose

St. Joseph

Hello, Dolly!

Budget Level II

Central Catholic

In the Heights

Hampton

Big Fish

Keystone Oaks

Footloose

Budget Level III

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

West Allegheny

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Woodland Hills

Monty Python's Spamalot

Best All-Student Orchestra

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

Hampton

Big Fish

North Hills

Me and My Girl

Pine-Richland

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Pittsburgh Allderdice

Pippin

Pittsburgh CAPA

Anything Goes

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Carr

Woodland Hills

Monty Python's Spamalot

"Sir Dennis Galahad"

Samuel Kagle

Chartiers Valley

Sweeney Todd

"Beadle Bamford"

Zac McDowell

Avonworth

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

"Lefou"

Anders Ove

Avonworth

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

"Lumiere"

Ethan Reed

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Sister Act

"Eddie Souther"

Sam Shadle

St. Joseph

Hello, Dolly!

"Horace Vandergelder"

Best Supporting Actress

Emma Sue Ewing

Pittsburgh CAPA

Anything Goes

"Erma Latour"

Alayia Logan

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Sister Act

"Sister Mary Lazarus"

Marissa Randall

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Sister Act

"Sister Mary Patrick"

Christina Trocchio

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School

Footloose

"Rusty"

Jenna Wood

Chartiers Valley

Sweeney Todd

"Beggar Woman"

Katherine Zemaitis

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

"Inez the Gypsy"

Best Ensemble

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

Central Catholic

In the Heights

Hampton

Big Fish

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Sister Act

Quaker Valley

The Sound of Plaid

West Allegheny

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Best Crew/Technical Execution

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

Central Catholic

In the Heights

Elizabeth Forward

Anything Goes

Hampton

Big Fish

West Allegheny

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Woodland Hills

Monty Python's Spamalot

Best Execution of Choreography

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

Central Catholic

In the Heights

Hampton

Big Fish

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Sister Act

West Allegheny

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Woodland Hills

Monty Python's Spamalot

Best Execution of Direction

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

Central Catholic

In the Heights

Hampton

Big Fish

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Sister Act

West Allegheny

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Woodland Hills

Monty Python's Spamalot

Best Execution of Music Direction

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

Central Catholic

In the Heights

Hampton

Big Fish

Pine-Richland

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Pittsburgh CAPA

Anything Goes

Woodland Hills

Monty Python's Spamalot

Best Actor

Nick Cortazzo

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

"Zorro"

Tom Dougherty

Central Catholic

In the Heights

"Benny"

William Huffmyer

North Hills

Me and My Girl

"Bill Snibson"

Devin Moore

Chartiers Valley

Sweeney Todd

"Sweeney Todd"

Jake Pedersen

Pine-Richland

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

"Joseph"

Adam Walker

Riverview

Guys & Dolls

"Sky Masterson"

Best Actress

Chelsea Calfo

Pittsburgh CAPA

Anything Goes

"Reno Sweeney"

Theresa Hall

Elizabeth Forward

Anything Goes

"Reno Sweeney"

Chloe Rae Kehm

West Allegheny

Thoroughly Modern Millie

"Millie Dillmount"

Meredith Kocur

Riverview

Guys & Dolls

"Sarah Brown"

Paige Nelson

Pine-Richland

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

"Narrator"

Morgan Traud

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

"Luisa Pulido"

Best Musical

Budget Level I

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Footloose

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Sister Act

St. Joseph

Hello, Dolly!

Budget Level II

Central Catholic

In the Heights

Elizabeth Forward

Anything Goes

Hampton

Big Fish

Budget Level III

Baldwin

Zorro: The Musical

West Allegheny

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Woodland Hills

Monty Python's Spamalot


The nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress will be competing for the opportunity to represent Pittsburgh CLO's Gene KellyAwards in the eighth-annual National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City on Monday, June 26. For more information on the National High School Musical Theater Awards, visit www.nhsmta.com.

In addition to the more than 20 Kelly Awards presented at the event, several cash and university scholarships will be awarded. These scholarships are made possible through the generous donations of Paul Block, the CLO Ambassadors, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and participating colleges. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on May 27. More information is available at pittsburghCLO.org.

The 27th Annual Gene Kelly Awards will be held at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale May 19 if available. Call 412-456-6666.

Since 1946, Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons yearly who attend its performances at three venues in the Cultural District: a seasonal subscription series at the Benedum Center, A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater and year-round shows at the CLO Cabaret. Its dedication to the musical theater art form includes educational programs such as the CLO Academy for Performance and Art, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award and The National High School Theatre Awards. As part of its new works development, the organization has been involved with 22 Broadway shows (29 Tony Awards), and in 2014 produced the world premiere of An American in Paris in Paris and on Broadway, where it won 4 Tony Awards and was the most awarded musical of the season.

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