Hampton's spring musical gets 11 Gene Kelly nominations
“Nice Work If You Can Get It,” Hampton High School Theatre Department's spring musical this year, gathered up 11 nominations for the Annual Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards, including best musical.
Hampton was nominated in the Budget Level II in the following categories: Best Actor, Tyler Anderson; Best Supporting Actor, Joe Fish; Best Supporting Actress, Elena Orban; Best Lighting; Best Costumes; Best All-Student Student Orchestra; Best Music Direction; Best Ensemble; Best Choreography; Best Direction; and, finally, Best Musical.
This is the most nominations a Hampton musical has ever received, according to Dan Franklin, director and producer for Hampton's spring musicals.
“We're all so very proud of what Hampton's Performing Arts students produce each year.
Receiving that recognition from the Gene Kelly Awards with a Hampton record-breaking 11 nominations is nice recognition that these students work very hard for,” said Franklin, who is also the fine arts and theatre instructor and drama club advisor at the high school.
Last year's Hampton production, “Big Fish,” took home six awards, including Best Musical.
For best musical nominees, casts get to perform a number from the show at the Benedum stage on May 26 at the actual Gene Kelly awards event, said Franklin.
“I'm excited to get to see them perform again on the Benedum stage, and am especially excited for the day of rehearsal.
There is no feeling quite like being on that stage and looking out, performing to a couple thousand students and parents,” Franklin said.
And best actor and actress nominees will also compete for the opportunity to represent the Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City on June 25, according to the HTSD website. This includes Anderson, who is a senior.
Dr. Michael Loughead, superintendent of schools, was impressed by the show's production, as he mentioned at the recent school board meeting.
“It goes well beyond what a high school musical does,” Loughead said. “And our students are so humble about it.”
Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.