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Pittsburgh CLO Announces 2016 Gene Kelly Awards Nominations!

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

Over the past three months, a panel of 28 judges have attended the performances by the following 28 Allegheny County high schools: Avonworth High School, Baldwin High School, Bishop Canevin High School, Central Catholic High School, 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, Penn Hills Sr. High School, Pine-Richland High School, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Pittsburgh CAPA High School, Pittsburgh Perry High School, Plum Senior High School, Propel Braddock Hills High School, Quaker Valley High School, Riverview High School, Springdale Sr. High School, St. Joseph High School, West Allegheny High School, West Mifflin High School, Woodland Hills High School.

The judging panel was comprised of performing arts educators, arts administrators, entertainment professionals and performers. On April 29 these judges met and reviewed highlights from each high school performance. The scoring was then tabulated by Deloitte LLP.

The Nominees for the 2016 Gene Kelly Awards are:

Best Scenic Design

Budget Level I

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

St. Joseph

LES MISERABLES

Budget Level II

Avonworth

Into the Woods

Chartiers Valley

LES MISERABLES

Elizabeth Forward

9 to 5: The Musical

Budget Level III

Baldwin

Big Fish

Pine-Richland

The Music Man

Woodland Hills

Peter Pan

Best Costume Design

Budget Level I

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

St. Joseph

LES MISERABLES

Budget Level II

Avonworth

Into the Woods

Chartiers Valley

LES MISERABLES

Hampton

Monty Python's Spamalot

Budget Level III

Baldwin

Big Fish

Pine-Richland

The Music Man

Woodland Hills

Peter Pan

Best Lighting Design

Budget Level I

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

St. Joseph

LES MISERABLES

Budget Level II

Avonworth

Into the Woods

Chartiers Valley

LES MISERABLES

Quaker Valley

9 to 5: The Musical

Budget Level III

Baldwin

Big Fish

North Hills

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Woodland Hills

Peter Pan

Best All-Student Orchestra

Baldwin

Big Fish

Deer Lakes

Grease

Hampton

Monty Python's Spamalot

North Hills

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

9 to 5: The Musical

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

Best Supporting Actor

Anthony Giancola

St. Joseph

LES MISERABLES

"Enjolras"

Lance Joos

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

"Action"

Keaton Runco

Woodland Hills

Peter Pan

"Smee"

Logan Shiller

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

"Chino"

Noah Skowron

West Allegheny

A Chorus Line

"Zach"

Alexander Wood

Hampton

Monty Python's Spamalot

"Sir Dennis Galahad/Prince Herbert"

Best Supporting Actress

Tessa Douglas

Woodland Hills

Peter Pan

"Tiger Lilly"

Jayme Kefalas

St. Joseph

LES MISERABLES

"Madame Thenadier"

Meredith Kocur

Riverview

Little Women

"Beth"

Elizabeth Manuel

Quaker Valley

9 to 5: The Musical

"Roz Keith"

Ariel Squire

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

"Rosalia"

Maura Ward

Central Catholic

Fame

"Miss Sherman"

Best Ensemble

Avonworth

Into the Woods

Baldwin

Big Fish

Chartiers Valley

LES MISERABLES

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

9 to 5: The Musical

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

Quaker Valley

9 to 5: The Musical

Best Crew/Technical Execution

Avonworth

Into the Woods

Baldwin

Big Fish

Chartiers Valley

LES MISERABLES

Elizabeth Forward

9 to 5: The Musical

North Hills

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Woodland Hills

Peter Pan

Best Execution of Choreography

Avonworth

Into the Woods

Baldwin

Big Fish

Central Catholic

Fame

Chartiers Valley

LES MISERABLES

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

Woodland Hills

Peter Pan

Best Execution of Direction

Avonworth

Into the Woods

Baldwin

Big Fish

Chartiers Valley

LES MISERABLES

North Hills

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Pine Richland

The Music Man

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

Best Execution of Music Direction

Avonworth

Into the Woods

Baldwin

Big Fish

Chartiers Valley

LES MISERABLES

Hampton

Monty Python's Spamalot

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

9 to 5: The Musical

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

Best Actor

Dustin Butoryak

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

"Tony"

Nick Cortazzo

Baldwin

Big Fish

"Edward Bloom"

Jakob Hayes

St. Joseph

LES MISERABLES

"Javert"

Rush Hodgin

Pine Richland

The Music Man

"Harold Hill"

Devin Moore

Chartiers Valley

LES MISERABLES

"Jean Valjean"

Paul Watt-Morse

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

"Riff"

Best Actress

Bryce Chisom

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

9 to 5: The Musical

"Judy Bernley"

Elexa Hanner

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

"Anita"

Maddie Kocur

Riverview

Little Women

"Jo March"

Leah Prestogeorge

Woodlands Hills

Peter Pan

"Peter Pan"

Marnie Quick

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

9 to 5: The Musical

"Doralee Rhodes"

Malynne Smith

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

"Maria"

Best Musical

Budget Level I

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Pittsburgh CAPA

West Side Story

St. Joseph

LES MISERABLES

Budget Level II

Avonworth

Into the Woods

Chartiers Valley

LES MISERABLES

Hampton

Monty Python's Spamalot

Budget Level III

Baldwin

Big Fish

Pine Richland

The Music Man

Woodland Hills

Peter Pan

The nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress will be competing for the opportunity to represent Pittsburgh CLO's Gene Kelly Awards in the eighth-annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City on Monday, June 27. For more information on the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, please 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 Donald Arnheim, 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 28. More information is available at pittsburghCLO.org.

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 the Gene Kelly Awards.



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