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Nominations Have Been Announced for The 2018 Gene Kelly Awards

Pittsburgh CLO announced the nominees for the 28th Annual Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater. The awards show will take place on Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Over the past three months, a panel of 34 judges have attended the performances by the following 29 Allegheny County high schools: Avonworth High School, Baldwin High School, Bishop Canevin High School, Central & Oakland Catholic High School, Chartiers Valley High School, Deer Lakes High School, Elizabeth Forward High School, Hampton Township High School, Keystone Oaks High School, Moon Area High School, North Hills High School, Northgate Middle/Sr. High School, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, Pine-Richland High School, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Pittsburgh CAPA High School, Plum Senior High School, Propel Braddock Hills High School, Redeemer Lutheran School, Riverview High School, Sewickley Academy, Springdale Jr-Sr High School, St. Joseph High School, Steel Valley Senior High School, West Allegheny High School, Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School, Winchester Thurston School and Woodland Hills High School.

The judging panel was comprised of performing arts educators, arts administrators, entertainment professionals and performers. On May 4, these judges met and reviewed highlights from each high school performance. The scoring was then tabulated by Deloitte LLP.

The Nominees for the 2018 Gene Kelly Awards are:

Best Scenic Design

Budget Level I

Redeemer Lutheran - Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Sewickley Academy - The Sound of Music

St. Joseph - Children of Eden


Budget Level II

Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical

Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables

Plum - Annie


Budget Level III

Baldwin - Honeymoon in Vegas

West Allegheny - The Drowsy Chaperone

Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone


Best Costume Design

Budget Level I

Deer Lakes - Disney's The Little Mermaid

Redeemer Lutheran - Disney's Beauty and the Beast

St. Joseph - Children of Eden


Budget Level II

Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical

Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It

Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables


Budget Level III

Avonworth - 1776

West Allegheny - The Drowsy Chaperone

Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone


Best Lighting Design

Budget Level I

Pittsburgh Allderdice - The Addams Family

Propel Braddock Hills - Shrek The Musical

St. Joseph - Children of Eden


Budget Level II

Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical

Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It

Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables


Budget Level III

Baldwin - Honeymoon in Vegas

West Allegheny - The Drowsy Chaperone

Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone


Best All-Student Orchestra

Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It

Pine-Richland - Oklahoma!

Pittsburgh Allderdice - The Addams Family

Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables

Plum - Annie

Sewickley Academy - The Sound of Music


Best Ensemble

Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical

Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It

Pine-Richland - Oklahoma!

Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables

Plum - Annie

Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone


Best Crew/Technical Execution

Chartiers Valley - Legally Blonde, the Musical

Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical

Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables

Plum - Annie

West Allegheny - The Drowsy Chaperone

Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone


Best Execution of Choreography

Central/Oakland Catholic - A Chorus Line

Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical

Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It

Pine-Richland - Oklahoma!

Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables

Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone


Best Execution of Direction

Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical

Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It

Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables

Plum - Annie

West Allegheny - The Drowsy Chaperone

Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone


Best Execution of Music Direction

Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical

Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It

Pine-Richland - Oklahoma!

Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables

Redeemer Lutheran - Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone


Best Musical

Budget Level I

Pittsburgh Allderdice - The Addams Family

Redeemer Lutheran - Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Sewickley Academy - The Sound of Music


Budget Level II

Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical

Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It

Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables


Budget Level III

Pine-Richland - Oklahoma!

West Allegheny - The Drowsy Chaperone

Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone


Best Supporting Actor

Joseph Fish - Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It - "Cookie McGee"

Peter J. Kelly Stamerra - Westinghouse Arts Academy - Crazy for You - "Bela Zangler"

AJ Prestogeorge - Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone - "Aldolpho"

Preston Proctor - Riverview - Monty Python's Spamalot - "Sir Dennis Galahad"

Matthew Thornton - Chartiers Valley - Legally Blonde, the Musical - "Callahan"

Kevin Tinsley - Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone - "Robert Martin"


Best Supporting Actress

Katie Carlson - Avonworth - 1776 - "Edward Rutledge"

Jane Fusco - North Hills - Dames at Sea - "Joan"

Angelina Guadalupe - Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical - "Enid"

Liza Loebig - Plum - Annie - "Miss Hannigan"

Elena Orban - Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It - "Eileen Evergreen"

Jenna Yezovich - Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone - "The Drowsy Chaperone"


Best Actor

Tyler Anderson - Hampton - Nice Work If You Can Get It - "Jimmy Winter"

Michael Brawdy - Woodland Hills - The Drowsy Chaperone - "Man in Chair"

Nasir Butler - Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables - "Jean Valjean"

Tyler Hepler - Pine-Richland - Oklahoma! - "Will Parker"

Matthew Hommel - Westinghouse Arts Academy - Crazy For You - "Bobby Child"

Robbie Miller - Baldwin - Honeymoon in Vegas - "Jack Singer"


Best Actress

Chelsea Calfo - Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables - "Cosette"

Sydney Campbell - West Allegheny - The Drowsy Chaperone - "Janet Van De Graaff"

Theresa Hall - Elizabeth Forward - Legally Blonde, the Musical - "Elle Woods"

Johanna Loughran - Central/Oakland Catholic - A Chorus Line - "Cassie"

Zoey Myers - Pittsburgh CAPA - Les Misérables - "Eponine"

Jenna Wood - Chartiers Valley - Legally Blonde, the Musical - "Elle Woods"

The nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress will be competing for the opportunity to represent Pittsburgh CLO's Gene Kelly Awards in the tenth-annual Jimmy Awards/National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City on Monday, June 25. For more information on the National High School Musical Theater Awards, please visit www.jimmyawards.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 Virginia Nicklas, the CLO Ambassadors, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and participating colleges. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on May 26. More information is available at pittsburghCLO.org.

Additional support provided by Deloitte, Point Park University, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, PNC Bank, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and the CLO Ambassadors. Deloitte Consulting, LLP is the official auditor for the Gene Kelly Awards.

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 (30 Tony Awards), and in 2014 produced the world premiere of An American in Paris, on Broadway (4 Tony Awards) and in London's West End. In addition, Pittsburgh CLO launched the SPARK festival for new small-cast musicals in 2018. For more information please visit pittsburghCLO.org.

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