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Chartiers Valley's '9 to 5' collects seven Kelly nominations

Randy Jarosz | For The Signal Item
Dora Lee, played by senior Megan Henderson, scolds Franklin Hart, played by senior Matthew Guerry, in Chartiers Valley High School's production of '9 to 5,' which garnered seven Kelly Award nominations.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Three local schools received nominations for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's 2013 Gene Kelly Awards, including multiple nominations for Chartiers Valley.

The school's production of “9 to 5” received nominations for seven awards.

“It is a reflection of everything we worked for this year,” said Kimberly Scalise, director of the Chartiers Valley musical.

Keystone Oaks and Bishop Canevin high schools also received multiple nominations.

The Gene Kelly Awards began in 1991 and aim to recognize students' theatrical achievement and have both school districts and communities recognize the importance of musical theater.

Scalise said that while no Chartiers Valley students were nominated for individual awards, the other nominations are just as meaningful.

“When you ask any of my students, they will tell you this is far more important,” she said. “Every person involved, whether on stage or behind the scenes, had their work recognized and rewarded in some way through these seven nominations.”

Chartiers Valley received nominations in best scenic design, best lighting design and best musical in its budget category; best ensemble; best crew and technical execution; best choreography; and best direction.

The school's numerous nominations in tech or crew categories reflect Scalise's emphasis on a well-rounded production, she said.

“Our crew and technical staff are involved from day one and put just as much time and effort into the show as the performers,” she said. “Not only do we have students who are talented in singing, dancing and acting, but we also have students whose gifts are lighting, carpentry, painting and so on.”

The cast and crew began practicing in November, with all the work leading up to their opening night March 6.

“Without their willingness to spend hour upon hour at the school with me seven days a week for months, a production of this magnitude would be insurmountable,” Scalise said. “And to receive those nominations is gratifying to know that our work paid off.”

Keystone Oaks' production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” was nominated for two acting awards; best costume design, best lighting design and best musical in its budget category; best ensemble, best choreography and best direction. Lucas Grasha received a nomination for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Adolpho, and Molly Young was nominated for best supporting actress for her role as “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Bishop Canevin's production of “In the Heights” received nominations for best scenic design and best lighting design in its budget category and best crew and technical execution.

The awards ceremony will be May 25 at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Pittsburgh.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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