North Hills School District News Article

Spring musical 'Once Upon a Mattress' receives 8 Gene Kelly nominations

Posted Thursday, May 12, 2022

"Once Upon a Mattress" sceneNorth Hills High School received eight Gene Kelly Award nominations for its spring musical "Once Upon a Mattress."

  • Best Musical
  • Best Scenic Design
  • Best Vocal Ensemble
  • Best Crew/Technical Execution
  • Best Student Orchestra
  • Outstanding Student Artist: Stage Manage Maddie Casella
  • Best Supporting Actress: Beth Satariano (Lady Larkin)
  • Best Actress: Emma Hopf (Princess Winnifred)

The 2022 Gene Kelly Awards will be held on Saturday, May 28, at the Benedum Center and feature performances from the nominees and students from the participating schools as well as a special message from our guest of honor, Patricia Ward Kelly, the wife of the late actor for whom the awards are named.

The best actor and best actress winners will represent Pittsburgh at the Jimmy Awards in June.

About the Gene Kelly Awards
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 21 years, Gene Kelly Award winners have gone on to Broadway and Hollywood careers.

The Gene Kelly Awards are presented by Pittsburgh CLO, the HRH Foundation, and the Michael J. Kara Family, with additional support from The Gismondi Family Foundation, Deloitte, PNC, Highmark, and the CLO Ambassadors.

View the complete list of 2022 nominees here.

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