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Four Valley schools receive Kelly nominations

| Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Four Alle-Kiski Valley schools have received nominations in the 14th Annual Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater.

Riverview, St. Joseph, Deer Lakes and Plum were among nominees announced Monday by the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and The University of Pittsburgh.

The competition is for schools in Allegheny County.

The winners will be announced May 29 at a show in the Benedum Center patterned after Broadway's Tony Awards. Patrica Ward Kelly, widow of entertainment legend Gene Kelly, again is scheduled to attend the show.

The evening, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., celebrates the power of arts education with live student performances and the announcement of awards.

Plum, which staged "Bye, Bye Birdie," received three nods in non-budgeted categories"

  • Best all-student orchestra.

  • Best Actress, Tori Brady for her role as "Rose Alverez."

  • Best supporting actress, Mallory Mousseau in the role of "Mae Peterson."

    In the "Budget Level 1" division, Riverview was singled out for "best scenic design" for "Anything Goes" St. Joseph for "best costume design" for "Children of Eden" and Deer Lakes for "best lighting design" for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

    During the past three months, a panel of 27 judges attended performances by 28 county high schools: Baldwin, Bishop Canevin, Brentwood, Central Catholic, Chartiers Valley, Deer Lakes, Elizabeth Forward, Langley, McKeesport, North Allegheny, North Catholic, Northgate, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Perry Traditional Academy, Pine-Richland, Plum, Quaker Valley, Riverview, St. Joseph, Schenley, Seton-La Salle, South Allegheny, South Park, Springdale, Taylor Alderdice, Vincentian Academy, Winchester Thurston and Woodland Hills.

    Judges were performing arts educators, arts administrators, entertainment professionals and performers. During a meeting May 7, the panel met for a final discussion and a review of highlights from each performance. Scoring was tabulated by Deloitte & Touche. The awards show is sold out.

    The Gene Kelly Awards are sponsored by Pitt, with additional support provided by the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation and the CLO Ambassadors.

    Pittsburgh CLO is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the musical theater art form. In addition to its annual summer season of shows, it sponsors programs such as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Kelly Awards and the Construction Center for the Arts.

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