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Quaker Valley's 'Anything Goes' earns eight Gene Kelly nominations, including best musical, best actress

| Thursday, May 9, 2013, 12:15 p.m.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Quaker Valley senior Rachael Houser performs a scene as Reno Sweeney, along with cast mates, during a dress rehearsal of 'Anything Goes' at the high school Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Area senior citizens were invited to the high school for dinner and the final rehearsal before scheduled performances.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Quaker Valley senior Johnathan Roppo, at left, and sophomore Peter Heres perform a scene as Billy Crocker and Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, respectively, during a dress rehearsal for 'Anything Goes' Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the high school. Area senior citizens were invited to the school for dinner and to watch the final rehearsal before scheduled performances.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Quaker Valley senior Ryan Garbee and junior Katie Manuel perform a scene as Moonface Martin and Erma, respectively, during a dress rehearsal for 'Anything Goes' Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the high school. Area senior citizens were invited to the school for dinner and to watch the final rehearsal before scheduled performances.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Quaker Valley seniors Johnathan Roppo and Rachael Houser perform a scene as Billy Crocker and Reno Sweeney, respectively, during a dress rehearsal of 'Anything Goes' at the high school Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Area senior citizens were invited to the high school for dinner and the final rehearsal before scheduled performances.

Quaker Valley's production of “Anything Goes” received eight nominations for the 2013 Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's Gene Kelly Awards, including best musical.

The school tied with Keystone Oaks' “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Only Pittsburgh CAPA's “In the Heights” received more nominations — 12. Nominations were announced Thursday.

Senior Rachael Houser was nominated for best actress for her performance as Reno Sweeney.

In addition, sophomore Peter Heres received a nod for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and junior Katie Manuel was nominated in the best supporting actress category for her role as Erma.

In addition Quaker Valley was nominated for:

• Best Crew/Technical Execution

• Best Choreography

• Best Scenic Design, Budget Category I

• Best Direction

The nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress compete for a chance to represent Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's Gene Kelly Awards in the fifth annual National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City July 1.

Over the past three months, a panel of 32 performing arts educators, arts administrators, entertainment professionals and performers attended performances at 29 Allegheny County high schools.

Nominations and awards for best scenic design, costume design, lighting design and production are evaluated in three budget divisions with Budget Category I as the lowest.

Remaining awards categories are considered without budget considerations.

The 23rd annual Gene Kelly Awards show will begin at 7:30 p.m. May 25 at the Benedum Center.

Tickets, which go on sale May 15, will be $35, $20 for students.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed Pittsburgh CAPA's production as “Once on This Island.” CAPA performed “In the Heights.”

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