Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO Announces Nominees for the 2017 Gene Kelly Awards


Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce 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 Kelly Awards 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, 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 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.

What:              27th Annual Gene Kelly Awards
Where:             Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
When:              Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets:            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. For more information please visit pittsburghCLO.org.

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