ShareThis Page
Hampton/Shaler

Hampton's spring musical gets 11 Gene Kelly nominations

| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 1:42 p.m.
Caroline Collins, as Billie, and Tyler Anderson as, Jimmy Winter, rehearse a dance number for Hampton's Musical 'Nice work if you can get it,' on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
Caroline Collins, as Billie, and Tyler Anderson as, Jimmy Winter, rehearse a dance number for Hampton's Musical 'Nice work if you can get it,' on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
The cast rehearse a dance for Hampton's Musical on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
The cast rehearse a dance for Hampton's Musical on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

“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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me