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Hampton, Pine-Richland shows well represented in Gene Kelly nominations

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Local high school students will showcase their school districts' excellence in high school musical theater in Pittsburgh CLO's 24rd annual Gene Kelly Awards on May 24, including three school districts from the North Hills area.

Hampton High School and Pine-Richland High School led the nominations in the Tony Award style competition with 10 nominations each. North Hills School District received one nomination.

• Hampton High School staged “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein” in April and received nominations for Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design in budget category II.

• Pine-Richland High School's “Thoroughly Modern Millie” received nominations for Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design in budget category III.

Hampton and Pine-Richland also received nominations for Best Musical, in budget category II and category III, respectively.

Awards for best musical, scenic design, costume design and lighting are presented in three budget categories, with level one the lowest and level three the highest. All other categories are judged and awarded without regard to budget.

Hampton High School also received nominations for Best All-Student Orchestra, Best Ensemble, Best Crew/Technical Execution, Best Choreography and Best Direction. Hampton High School senior Amanda Rulis also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Inga in “Young Frankenstein.”

Pine-Richland High School also received nominations for Best Crew/Technical Execution, Best Choreography and Best Direction.

Pine-Richland student Rush Hodgin received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Trevor Graydon III, and Jillian Schmidt received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Muzzy Van Hossmere in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Pine-Richland also had two students nominated for Best Actress. Abby Dionise was recognized for her role as Miss Dorothy Brown, and Alexis Loiselle received the nomination for her portrayal of Millie Dollmount.

North Hills High School received a nomination for Best All-Student Orchestra in its production of “42nd Street.”

Established in 1991, the Kelly Awards are an annual event founded by the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera to recognize and encourage achievement in high school musicals. This year, 29 local high schools participated in the Kelly Awards.

The 24th annual Gene Kelly Awards ceremony will be held at the Benedum Center on Saturday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or

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