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Obama Academy senior Marnie Quick is finalist at Jimmy Awards for theater

| Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy student Marnie Quick was one of three finalists at the seventh annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
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Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy student Marnie Quick was one of three finalists at the seventh annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy student Marnie Quick was one of three finalists at the seventh annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Quick, 16, is one of 52 students from across the United States who participated in the annual Broadway-focused talent showcase, known as The Jimmy Awards, held June 29 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City.

Quick earned a spot at the competition after receiving the Gene Kelly Award for best actress for her performance in “Shout! The Mod Musical.”

The Jimmy Awards show is a culmination of five days of rehearsals and private coaching with faculty at the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and other professionals.

Students took part in a discussion with composer Frank Wildhorn. They attended a performance of “An American in Paris,” including a talkback with the cast.

As a Jimmy finalist, Quick received a $2,500 scholarship from the Barry and Fran Weissler Foundation.

This was Quick's second involvement in the Jimmy Awards. She attended last year after winning the 2014 Gene Kelly Award for best actress in Obama Academy's production of “The Wiz.” She will be a senior this fall.

Also representing the Gene Kelly Awards was Larry McKay, who received the Gene Kelly Award for best actor for his performance as J. Pierpont Finch in “How to Succeed in Business” at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School.

The Jimmy Awards for best performances by an actress and actor were presented to Marla Louissaint representing the California-based Gershwin Awards and Anthony Skillman, representing the N.Y.-based M.A.C.Y. Awards.

Louissaint and Skillman each received a check for $10,000 to further their education. They are eligible for a four-year merit and a need-based scholarship to attend the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Alice T. Carter is the theater critic for Trib Total media. She can be reached at 412-320-7808 or acarter@tribweb.com.

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