Pittsburgh CLO announces nominees for 2012 Gene Kelly Awards

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PITTSBURGH —

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the nominees for the Gene Kelly Awards. 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 35 judges have attended the performances by the following 32 Allegheny County high schools: Avonworth, Baldwin, Bishop Canevin, Central Catholic, Chartiers Valley, Deer Lakes, Elizabeth Forward, Hampton Township, Keystone Oaks, McKeesport, Moon Area, North Catholic, North Hills, Northgate, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Penn Hills, Pine-Richland, Pittsburgh Allderdice, Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, Pittsburgh Brashear, Pittsburgh CAPA, Pittsburgh Perry, Plum, Quaker Valley, Riverview, Serra Catholic, 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 4, the judges met for a final discussion and a review of highlights from each high school performance.

The nominees for the 2012 Gene Kelly Awards are:

Best Scenic Design

 

 

 

Budget Level I

 

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

How to Succeed in Business…

Pittsburgh Perry

Little Shop of Horrors

Quaker Valley

Guys & Dolls

 

 

Budget Level II

 

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

Bishop Canevin

Bye Bye Birdie

Hampton

Damn Yankees

 

 

Budget Level III

 

Baldwin

Curtains

North Hills

My Fair Lady

Woodland Hills

Curtains

 

Best Costume Design

 

 

 

Budget Level I

 

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

How to Succeed in Business…

Quaker Valley

Guys & Dolls

St. Joseph

Once Upon A Mattress

 

 

Budget Level II

 

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

Bishop Canevin

Bye Bye Birdie

Hampton

Damn Yankees

 

 

Budget Level III

 

North Hills

My Fair Lady

Winchester Thurston

Avenue Q

Woodland Hills

Curtains

 

Best Lighting Design

 

 

 

Budget Level I

 

North Catholic

Little Shop of Horrors

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

How to Succeed in Business…

Quaker Valley

Guys & Dolls

 

 

Budget Level II

 

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

Hampton

Damn Yankees

McKeesport

Beauty and the Beast

 

 

Budget Level III

 

Baldwin

Curtains

North Hills

My Fair Lady

Woodland Hills

Curtains

 

Best All-Student Orchestra

 

Hampton

Damn Yankees

Moon

Guys & Dolls

North Hills

My Fair Lady

Pittsburgh Brashear

Back to the 80’s

Pittsburgh CAPA

Oliver!

Pittsburgh Allderdice

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

 

Best Supporting Actor

 

 

Jonathan Andrew

Plum

Sweet Charity

“Oscar”

Zach Houston

Moon

Guys & Dolls

“Nicely Nicely”

Adam Johnson

Central Catholic

Bye Bye Birdie

“Harry McAffee”

Fletcher Jones

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Footloose

“Willard”

Vinnie Smith

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

How to Succeed in Business…

“Bud Frump”

Ben Troisky

Quaker Valley

Guys & Dolls

“Nathan Detroit”

 

Best Supporting Actress

 

 

Emma Baker

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

“Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker”

Maggie Brooks

Baldwin

Curtains

“Carmen”

Elena Falgione

Winchester Thurston

Avenue Q

“Lucy”

Adrianne Knapp

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

How to Succeed in Business…

“Smitty”

Katelyn Maurer

Bishop Canevin

Bye Bye Birdie

“Mae Peterson”

Jennifer Yeager

Hampton

Damn Yankees

“Gloria”

 

Best Ensemble

 

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

Baldwin

Curtains

Central Catholic

Bye Bye Birdie

Hampton

Damn Yankees

Pittsburgh Perry

Little Shop of Horrors

Quaker Valley

Guys & Dolls

 

Best Crew/Technical Execution

 

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

Baldwin

Curtains

North Hills

My Fair Lady

Penn Hills

Beauty and the Beast

Pittsburgh CAPA

Oliver!

Woodland Hills

Curtains

 

Best Choreography

 

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

Baldwin

Curtains

Bishop Canevin

Bye Bye Birdie

Hampton

Damn Yankees

Quaker Valley

Guys & Dolls

Woodland Hills

Curtains

 

Best Direction

 

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

Bishop Canevin

Bye Bye Birdie

Pine Richland

The Wedding Singer

Quaker Valley

Guys & Dolls

Winchester Thurston

Avenue Q

Woodland Hills

Curtains

 

Best Actor

 

 

Connor Doran

Baldwin

Curtains

“Cioffi”

Jonathan Hewitt

Hampton

Damn Yankees

“Applegate”

Tal Kroser

Pittsburgh CAPA

Oliver!

“Fagin”

Zander Lyons

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

How to Succeed in Business…

“J. Pierpont Finch”

Michael O’Brien

North Hills

My Fair Lady

“Henry Higgins”

Nathan Pool

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

“Sweeney Todd”

 

Best Actress

 

 

Nia D’Emilio

Winchester Thurston

Avenue Q

“Kate Monster”

Abby Dionise

Pine Richland

The Wedding Singer

“Julia Sullivan”

Stephanie Higgins

North Hills

My Fair Lady

“Eliza Doolittle”

Rachael Houser

Quaker Valley

Guys & Dolls

“Sarah Brown”

Katie Rogers

Penn Hills

Beauty and the Beast

“Belle”

Brooke Tate

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

“Mrs. Lovett”

 

The nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress will be competing for the opportunity to represent Pittsburgh CLO’s Gene Kelly Awards in the fourth-annual National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City on Monday, June 25. For more information on the National High School Musical Theater Awards, please visit www.nhsmta.com.

 

Best Musical

 

 

 

Budget Level I

 

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

How to Succeed in Business…

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy

Footloose

Quaker Valley

Guys & Dolls

 

 

Budget Level II

 

Avonworth

Sweeney Todd

Bishop Canevin

Bye Bye Birdie

Hampton

Damn Yankees

 

 

Budget Level III

 

Baldwin

Curtains

North Hills

My Fair Lady

Woodland Hills

Curtains

 

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 Nicklas, the CLO Ambassadors, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, participating colleges and the Leslie Kerr and Drew Birns Creative Arts Scholarship. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on May 26. 

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