Gene Kelly Awards
“I wanted to thank you and all of the people at the Kelly's for your help this year and especially for the wonderful day that the students from North Hills had yesterday. All day they were treated in a firm but polite and respectful manner. One of the lessons we try to teach our theater kids is to behave 'professionally' when traveling, rehearsing and performing. I was proud of them and really pleased that they were given the opportunity to be exposed to the great theater and crew that you have. From the orchestra conductor at rehearsal (who took extra time to make the kids feel secure) to the guides who escorted us around the facility, it was great. I hope you have the opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone involved.”Glen Richey, Teacher, North Hills High School
Recognizing Student Achievements
in Musical Theater
Pittsburgh CLO’s 24th Annual Gene Kelly Awards were held on May 24, 2014 at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.
The Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater were launched in 1991 as a means to recognize and encourage student achievement and to focus the attention of the community and school districts on the importance of musical theater and arts education.
Patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards, this event celebrates the power of the Arts to significantly improve all areas of education! High school theater programs are the real winners as show business veterans and community celebrities help to spread the word about the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theater programs. Over the past 20 years, Gene Kelly Award winners have gone on to Broadway and Hollywood careers. Click here for a list of notable Gene Kelly Awards alumni, including Zachary Quinto and Courtney Mazza.
This year's winners Ryan Borgo, Best Actor, and Marnie Quick, Best Actress, traveled to New York City to represent Pittsburgh in the National High School Musical Theater Awards on June 30, 2014.
The Gene Kelly Awards are co-presented by the University of Pittsburgh, with additional support provided by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, PNC Bank, American Eagle Outfitters, Virginia S. Nicklas, and the CLO Ambassadors. Deloitte is the official auditor for the Gene Kelly Awards.
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For more information about the Gene Kelly Awards, call 412-281-2234 or email CLOAcademy@pittsburghCLO.org.
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