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Pittsburgh CLO and University of Pittsburgh Host 2014 Gene Kelly Awards Tonight

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Pittsburgh CLO and University of Pittsburgh Host 2014 Gene Kelly Awards Tonight

Pittsburgh CLO and the University of Pittsburgh will present the Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater. The awards show will take place tonight, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Over the past three months, a panel of 30 judges have attended the performances by the following 29 Allegheny County high schools: 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.

The judging panel was comprised of performing arts educators, arts administrators, entertainment professionals and performers. On May 2 these judges met and reviewed highlights from each high school performance. The scoring was then tabulated by Deloitte LLP.

The Nominees for the 2014 Gene Kelly Awards are:

Best 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

Best 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

Best 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 All-Student Orchestra

Baldwin

Shrek, the Musical

Hampton

Young Frankenstein

North Hills

42nd Street

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

The Wiz

Pittsburgh CAPA

Footloose

West Mifflin

Bye Bye Birdie

Best Supporting Actor

Rush Hodgin

Pine-Richland

Thoroughly Modern Millie

"Trevor Graydon III"

Noah Baynes Lheureau

Bishop Canevin

The Drowsy Chaperone

"Robert Martin"

Drew Praskovich

Pittsburgh CAPA

Footloose

"Willard Hewitt"

Julius Ralph

Penn Hills

The Wiz

"The Wizard"

Quintin Reynolds

CW North Catholic

Children of Eden

"Cain/Japeth"

Michael Zak

Central Catholic

Spamalot

"Patsy"

Best Supporting Actress

Leah Prestogeorge

Woodland Hills

Sweeney Todd

"Joanna Barker"

Amanda Rulis

Hampton

Young Frankenstein

"Inga"

Jillian Schmidt

Pine-Richland

Thoroughly Modern Millie

"Muzzy Van Hossmere"

Mara Singleton

Plum

My Favorite Year

"KC Downing"

Ashley Sitarik

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

The Wiz

"Addaperle"

Brook Taylor

Woodland Hills

Sweeney Todd

"Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker"

Best Ensemble

Central Catholic

Monty Python's Spamalot

Hampton

Young Frankenstein

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

The Wiz

Quaker Valley

Pirates of Penzance

St. Joseph

Shrek, the Musical

West Allegheny

Catch Me If You Can

Best Crew/Technical Execution

Baldwin

Shrek, the Musical

Hampton

Young Frankenstein

Pine-Richland

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

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 Barack Obama Academy

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 Barack Obama Academy

The Wiz

Quaker Valley

Pirates of Penzance

St. Joseph

Shrek, the Musical

Best Actor

Ryan Borgo

West Allegheny

Catch Me If You Can

"Frank Abignale, Jr."

Connor Cook

Plum

My Favorite Year

"Benjy Stone"

Tom Curry

West Allegheny

Catch Me If You Can

"Carl Hanratty"

Peter Heres

Quaker Valley

Pirates of Penzance

"Pirate King"

Adam Rayan

Penn Hills

The Wiz

"Tinman"

Nathanial Yost

Central Catholic

Monty Python's Spamalot

"King Arthur"

Best Actress

Abby Dionise

Pine-Richland

Thoroughly Modern Millie

"Miss Dorothy Brown"

Alexandra Illescas

Pittsburgh CAPA

Footloose

"Rusty"

Alexis Loiselle

Pine-Richland

Thoroughly Modern Millie

"Millie Dillmount"

Mallory Milberger

St. Joseph

Shrek, the Musical

"Princess Fiona"

Marnie Quick

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

The Wiz

"Tinman"

Savannah Wiggins

Penn Hills

The Wiz

"Dorothy"

Best Musical

Budget Level I

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

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

The nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress will be competing for the opportunity to represent Pittsburgh CLO's Gene Kelly Awards in the sixth-annual National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City on Monday, June 30. 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, Virginia S. Nicklas, the CLO Ambassadors, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and participating colleges. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on May 24. More information is available at pittsburghCLO.org.

The Gene Kelly Awards are co-presented by the University of Pittsburgh with additional support provided by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, PNC Bank, Virginia S. Nicklas and the CLO Ambassadors. Deloitte Consulting, LLP is the official auditor for theGene Kelly Awards.

Pittsburgh CLO is also pleased to announce that Gene Kelly's widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, will once again participate in the awards show.

What: 24th Annual Gene Kelly Awards

Where: Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

When: TONIGHT, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: On sale May 13. Call 412-456-6666

Since 1946, the 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 each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 18 Broadway shows (24 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, theConstruction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

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