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Mancini awards presented for high school musicals

BEAVER FALLS, Pa.— Winners of the Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards for the 2004-2005 season were announced at a ceremony Wed. evening at Geneva College’s Metheny Fieldhouse. Within each category, recipients are named in random order.

Outstanding male actor in a leading role:

* Nick Bell as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Quigley Catholic High School.

* Christopher Rizzo as J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Center Area High School.

* Ian Smith as Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly!, Beaver County Christian School.

Outstanding female actor in a leading role:

* Samantha Cary as Maria in West Side Story, Blackhawk High School.

* Ailie Kilpatrick as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Beaver County Christian School.

* Cara Kierzkowski as Rosemary Pilkington in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Center Area High School.

Outstanding male actor in a supporting role:

* Jarrell Strickland as Judas in Godspell, Aliquippa High School.

* George Bostanic as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, Beaver County Christian School.

* Ryan Kruk as Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Center Area High School.

Outstanding female actor in a supporting role:

* Suzanne Toy as Anita in West Side Story, Blackhawk High School.

* Jenny DiNardo as Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Center Area High School.

* Deanna Repic as Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, Beaver County Christian School.

Noteworthy Performance by an Individual:

* Dom DelGreco as J.B. Biggley in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Center Area High School.

* Lenell Martin as John the Baptist in Godspell, Aliquippa High School.

* Ashley Puhlman as Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Center Area High School.

* Jared Kaiser as Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, Riverside High School.

* Ben Pullinger as Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly!, Beaver County Christian School.

* Melynda DiGiandomenico as Miss Jones in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Center Area High School.

Noteworthy Performance by a Group:

* Victoria Osman and Elizabeth Havey as “By My Side” duet, in Godspell, Aliquippa High School.

* Lindsay Agle, Jennifer Brill, Erin Crawshaw, and Marie Watson, as Narrators in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seneca Valley High School.

* Jeremy Glovier and Esther Carleton as Ambrose Kemper and Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly!, Beaver County Christian School.

Outstanding Dance Performance:

* Seneca Valley High School, for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

* Beaver County Christian School, for Hello, Dolly!

* Center Area High School, for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Outstanding Vocal Ensemble:

* Beaver County Christian School, for Hello, Dolly!              

* Quigley Catholic High School, for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.       

* Center Area High School, for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Outstanding Student Orchestra:

* Portersville Christian School: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Bruce Smith, conductor

* Freedom Area High School: Seussical the Musical; Keith Kovalic, conductor

* Beaver Area High School: Bye Bye Birdie; Carl Newyear, conductor

Outstanding Costumes:

* Freedom Area High School: Seussical the Musical

* Beaver County Christian School:  Hello, Dolly!

* Seneca Valley High School: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Outstanding Sets:

*Riverside High School: Oklahoma!

* Seneca Valley: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

* Freedom Area High School: Seussical the Musical

Outstanding Over-all Production:

* Center Area High School: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, directed by Sandy Riegel

* Beaver Area High School: Bye Bye Birdie, directed by Susan Jaworowski

* Beaver County Christian School: Hello, Dolly!, directed by Sue Frey

Five participants were presented Scholarships:

Geneva College Arts Scholarship, $1,000 each for students planning to pursue majors in the fine or performing arts: to George Bostanic (Beaver County Christian School) and Jennifer Hilton (Hopewell High School).

Henry Mancini Arts Scholarship, $1,000 for a student planning to pursue a major in the fine or performing arts at a college of his or her choice: divided between Ryan Carrol (Quigley Catholic High School; to attend Seton Hill University) and Deanna Repic (Beaver County Christian School; to attend Huntington University).

The Caitlin Clark Scholarship, for an underclassman to study for one year at the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory for Musical Theatre. This scholarship is the gift of Ken Gargaro, founding director of Pittsburgh Musical Theatre.

In addition, the three schools that were acknowledged for “Outstanding Dance Performance” received the Louise School of Dance/Studio Baden Dance Performance Award, $350 each to support the dance program at the schools.

     Guest presenters for the awards ceremony were Chris Mancini, representing the Mancini family; Etta Cox, noted jazz singer; state representative Frank LaGrotta; Jim Cunningham, senior executive producer at WQED; Ken Gargaro of Pittsburgh Musical Theatre; Christ Masi of Union Area School District in Lawrence County; Carla Bianco, director of performing arts instruction at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center; John Dessler, of the Outlet for Creativity; and Harvey Johnson, director of theatre arts at Geneva College. Master of Ceremonies was Jon Burnett of KDKA-TV.

     Participating musicals are judged by an independent panel of six, all specialists in music, dance, or theatre arts, and drawn from the three counties involved.

     The “Henry” awards are presented annually for musical theatre productions in high schools in Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties. This is the eleventh year for the awards, which are sponsored by Geneva College.

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