Gallery of Heroes

Bringing History to Life Through Educational Musicals Presented at Your School

Through dramatic sketches and musical vignettes, Pittsburgh CLO’s Gallery of Heroes program takes its 50-minute mini-musicals to area schools to educate and enlighten students about great historical figures such as Galileo Galilei, George Washington, Roberto Clemente, the Wright Brothers and Harriet Tubman. Highlighting the lives and accomplishments of significant historical figures, Gallery of Heroes offers an entertaining alternative to traditional lectures and books.

Major funding for Gallery of Heroes is provided by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.  Additional Support provided by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Massey Charitable Trust, the Laurel Foundation, Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh Corning and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

image descriptionSTEEL

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jason Coll
Touring January - May 2017

Told through the stories of three generations of steelworkers, this musical recalls the steelworkers' role in the industry and the town that steel built.  The region's rich history comes to life with stories of immigrant families, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the steelworkers' struggle to form a union.

Call 412-325-6459 to reserve your date today!

Performance Requirements

A Gallery of Heroes full musical production can be performed in a school cafeteria or auditorium!

  • 50-Minute Musical
  • Fully Staged and Choreographed
  • Professional Actors
  • Full Costume and Scenery
  • Teacher and Student Guides

Space requirement for the production is 25’ by 25’. Cost is $600.00 (additional fuel charge outside Allegheny County).

Call 412-325-6459 to reserve your date today!

About the Cast

2017 Gallery of Heroes Touring Cast:

image descriptionPaul Hambidge, Jr.

A recent graduate of Point Park University, Paul is ecstatic to be making art with the Pittsburgh CLO's Gallery of Heroes tour! Paul is a Central Florida native who moved to Pittsburgh after being accepted into Point Park's Conservatory for the Performing Arts (Musical Theater). Recent credits include Rapunzel's Prince, Into the Woods (Playhouse Conservatory Theater Company); Riff Raff, The Rocky Horror Show (Park Productions), and music direction for Spring Awakening (Park Productions). Paul is excited to explore some of Pittsburgh's rich history and tell a compelling story through the Gallery of Heroes' STEEL.


image descriptionTom Kolos

Tom is honored to be a part of the 2017 Gallery of Heroes tour. Education: Duquesne University, Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts. Favorite stage credits include Disney's The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Angels in America Parts I & II (Joe Pitt) for Throughline Theatre Company, Sister Act, Death Takes a Holiday (Death), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson) and The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky) in Brisbane Management Group's critically-acclaimed immersive production.  Thank you to Jason, Alivia, and Pittsburgh CLO for this wonderful opportunity.

image descriptionAlex Manalo

Alex Manalo is a recent Musical Theater graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory of the Performing Arts. She has worked with several theater companies throughout the city, including Pittsburgh CLO, Carrnivale Theatrics, No Name Players, Pittsburgh Playhouse, RetroRed Productions, City Theater, Stage Right, and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.  Favorite credits include Brewed (Colette), Luna (Soledad), Tink (Tiger Lily), and Pittsburgh CLO's South Pacific (Liat). A former CLO Academy Student and Mini Star, Alex is thrilled to be touring her hometown with the amazing cast of STEEL.

image descriptionConnor McNelis

Connor McNelis is beyond excited to be making his debut through Pittsburgh CLO's Gallery of Heroes Program. A Pittsburgh native, his first foray into acting began while attending North Allegheny School District and followed him into college at Edinboro University. He's performed in numerous productions with the Laugh/Riot Performing Arts Company (Best Local Actor Nomination in Erie Reader's "Best of 2015" list), and has worked both in front and behind the camera in multiple student films. The short film, A Funny Man, which he performed in, co-wrote and produced, recently screened in competition at the Three Rivers Film Festival. Favorite roles & productions include the March Hare (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Macduff (Macbeth), Orin Srivello (Little Shop of Horrors), Father (Six Characters in Search of an Author), Raleigh (Last Train to Nibroc), Once Upon A Mattress Store for the Pittsburgh New Works Festival (winner- Best Production, Director, Actor, and Playwright), and Titus Andronicus for Cup-A-Jo Productions. Many thanks to his family, friends, and all the lovely people who support Pittsburgh and its vast cultural arts.

image descriptionMissy Moreno

Female Swing
Missy Moreno is a performer, comedian, writer, host and former Digital Video Creator for the 4the412 crew of WTAE.  She is a graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory for Performing Arts and has studied and performed at the legendary Second City in Chicago, the Annoyance Theater and iO (formerly improv Olympic). While In Chicago, Missy was part of the Jeff Award-Winning production of The Original Grease (American Theater Company) under the creative team of Jim Jacobs (Grease writer) and PJ Paparelli. As a musical comedian, Missy has been seen all over the country with her original acts RESET LIST: Improv Rock Band and babyGRAND. Missy is a member of the Leadership Board at Arcade Comedy Theater in Pittsburgh where she writes, produces and performs monthly. Through Arcade she was honored to perform alongside Laura Hall of Who's Line Is it Anyway?. Missy is a teaching artist for the Pittsburgh CLO Academy and as well as a guest artist at many schools around the city. Credits include Bricolage, City Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, the REP, No Name Players and St. Vincent Summer Theater. She has emceed events for NextPittsburgh, National MS Society, American Heart Association, Howard Hannah and coordinated Social Media for the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival and Next3Days Festival. Missy's adventures can be followed online at

image descriptionDaniel Pivovar

Male Swing
Daniel is ecstatic to join the team at Pittsburgh CLO Academy and The Gallery of Heroes program. New to the Pittsburgh area, Daniel hails from New York City where he's performed for the past nine years. With a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theater from SUNY Geneseo, Daniel has has been seen Off-Broadway and in numerous regional theaters around the country. Credits include Off-Broadway: The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told, Falsettos. Regional: The Full Monty, Assassins, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Les Misérables, Jekyll & Hyde, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. TV: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. All my love to Mom, Dad, Brittany and Wallace.

image descriptionAbigail Sugrue

Abigail Sugrue is so happy to make her CLO debut in the Gallery of Heroes production of Steel. Abigail is a recent graduate of Saint Vincent College in Vocal Performance. She has performed in community, college and professional theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Julie Jordan in Carousel, Fräulein Kost in Cabaret and Miss Sandra in All Shook Up. Abigail dreams of one day being on Broadway as well as aiding autistic children with music therapy. Abigail would like to thank her parents, sisters, grandparents, boyfriend, and her dog, Harry Potter.


image descriptionJoe York

Joe York recently graduated from New York University with an MFA in Musical Theatre Playwriting. He has been seen onstage at various professional theatres across the country having performed as Thénardier (Les Misérables) at White Plains Performing Arts Center, Richard Henry Lee (1776) at Cortland Repertory Theater, Doctor Parker (Bat Boy) at Keystone Repertory Theater, Judas Iscariot (Jesus Christ Superstar) at Keystone Repertory Theater, the voice of Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors) at The Huron Playhouse, and Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd: Heavy Metal version) at Landless Theatre Company. Joe is also the Education and Literary Director and member of the acting company of The Huron Playhouse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Our school does not have a stage — can we still book the Gallery of Heroes musical production?

A: Absolutely — the set design allows for the actors to perform in almost any space, whether it is a cafeteria, a stage or a gymnasium. Please call the CLO Academy office at 412-325-6459 and they will discuss the space requirements.

Q: How long is the show?

A: Last year’s musical presentation, The Incredibly Innovative Innovators of Pittsburgh, was about 50 minutes long. If time permits, the actors will participate in a 5-10 minute question and answer session with the students.

Q: How do I book a Gallery of Heroes presentation at my school?

A: Simply call Patty Maloney at 412-325-6459.

Q: Is there anywhere I can learn more about this performance before booking?

A: Teacher and Student Guides will be available online for your reference before the run of the tour. Production photos and video can be viewed on the CLO Academy's Facebook page, Instagram, and website.

Past Productions

Past Production Topic

The Incredibly Innovative Innovators of Pittsburgh

Over 250 years of Pittsburgh's Innovation

The Next Galileo

Gabriella goes back in time to help Galileo discover the telescope.

Young George Washington

George Washington and his rise to the Presidency.

Pioneers of Flight

Innovators of flying

The Incredibly Innovative Innovators of Pittsburgh

250 Years of Pittsburgh's innovation


Pittsburgh's industrial claim to fame

¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!

The Roberto Clemente story

Footprints on the Moon

Neil Armstrong and the USA space program

Freedom Train

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Play to Win

Jackie Robinson

Class Clown

A student's battle with illiteracy

The Play's the Thing

William Shakespeare