Sunday, November 6, 2016

Pittsburgh CLO Academy Seeking Internship Candidates for the 2017 Gene Kelly Awards

Pittsburgh-born Dancer and Actor Gene Kelly Credit: Courtesy Photo

Attention: Communication, Arts and  Entertainment Management Majors: 
Applications are being accepted for college sophomores, juniors and seniors to coordinate the 2017 Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards. The internship runs January 3 – June 9, 2017.

The Gene Kelly Awards interns will organize, manage and assist with all aspects of producing this annual high school musical theater awards show. Duties include: administrative responsibilities, marketing support, updating the event webpage, serving as a liaison with participating school directors, coordinating schedules with Gene Kelly Awards judges, planning and implementing a social media strategy, writing the Gene Kelly Awards blog, presenting scholarship information to participating schools and providing production assistance.

Pittsburgh CLO’s 26th Annual Gene Kelly Awards will be held on May 27, 2017 at the
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.

For a complete description of the internship and position requirements, visit or contact Michael Cerchiaro at, or 412-281-2234. Applications will be accepted until December 2, 2016.

Applications for the 2017 Gene Kelly Awards Internship are now being accepted.

The Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater were launched in 1991 as a means to recognize and encourage student achievement and to focus the attention of the community and school districts on the importance of musical theater and arts education.

Patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards, this event celebrates the power of the Arts to significantly improve all areas of education! High school theater programs are the real winners as show business veterans and community celebrities help to spread the word about the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theater programs. Over the past 20 years, Gene Kelly Award winners have gone on to Broadway and Hollywood careers.

Last year's winners Devin Moore (Best Actor) and Marnie Quick (Best Actress) traveled to New York City to represent Pittsburgh in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards on June 27, 2016. Marnie placed in the top three of the performers in her category in 2016.

Here’s a section of the Wikipedia write up of Kelly:
Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer. He was born in Pittsburgh and known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good look, and the likeable characters that he played on screen.

Best known today for his performances in films such as An American in Paris (1951), Anchors Aweigh (1945), and Singin' in the Rain (1952), he starred in musical films until they fell out of fashion in the late 1950s.

Among others, he starred in many musical films throughout the 1940s, including For Me and My Gal (1942), Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), Thousands Cheer (1943), The Three Musketeers (1948) and On the Town (1949). In his later career he starred in two films which were outside the musical genre. They are Inherit the Wind (1960) and What a Way to Go!, although his 1955 film It's Always Fair Weather, in later life, gained recognition among his fans largely due to his musical and dance performances.

Throughout his career he had directed films, some of which he starred in. Kelly did not star in Hello, Dolly he directed. Despite being a commercial failure at the time, it is now more highly regarded as a musical film. The film was even nominated in 1969 for the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 42nd Academy Awards.

His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences.

Kelly received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements. He later received lifetime achievement awards in the Kennedy Center Honors (1982), and from the Screen Actors Guild and American Film Institute. In 1999, the American Film Institute also numbered him 15th in their Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood cinema list.

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