May 26--Quaker Valley student Rachael Houser and Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts school student Angelo Ragghianti received awards for best actress and best actor at the 2013 Gene Kelly Awards show May 26 at the Benedum Center, Downtown.
Houser appeared as Reno Sweeney in Quaker Valley's production of "Anything Goes." Ragghianti played Usnavi in CAPA's production of "In the Heights."
Ragghianti and Houser will represent Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's Gene Kelly Awards in the fifth annual National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City on July 1.
Named for singer, dancer, actor and Pittsburgh native Gene Kelly, the annual celebration emphasizes the importance of arts education and recognizes the time, energy and dedication that local high schools and students devote to their productions.
Civic Light Opera presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to two former participants in the Gene Kelly Awards: Tim Federle, now a Broadway performer and author, and Abass B. Kamara, the director of government relations for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Charles Gray Award for Special Achievement in Education was presented to Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy in recognition of its commitment to arts education.
--Katherine Rogers and Dylan Baker each received $5,000 per year, four-year scholarships to attend Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts for Musical Theater.
--Jason Cohen, Rehima Jordan and Alexander Simakas will share Gene Kelly cash scholarships totaling $8,000 for seniors who have been accepted by a school for the performing or technical arts.
--Heather Catley, Andrew Graziano, Paul Steenkiste and Joseph Strednak each received $1,500 in scholarships awarded by the CLO Ambassadors.
--Dylan Baker, Todd Ahmer'e Blackman, Jason Cohen, Marika Contouris, Megan Howell and Katherine Rogers each received $4,000 scholarships awarded by the CLO Guild.
--Margaret Rohlf received a $5,000 Pittsburgh CLO Guild scholarship in the name of Constance T. Rockwell and the Charity Randall Foundation.
Alice T. Carter is the theater critic for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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