PRHS Senior Earns Gene Kelly ‘Best Actor’ Award

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 10:23 AM


Pine-Richland High School senior Tyler Hepler earned a Gene Kelly “Best Actor” award on May 25, 2019. He will travel to New York City in June to represent Pittsburgh in the National High School Musical Theater Awards.

Pine-Richland earned five Gene Kelly nominations for its production of “Guys & Dolls.”

Senior Declan Allwein earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination, and senior Amariana Busa earned a Best Actress nomination.

In addition, PRHS earned a Best All-Student Orchestra nomination and a Best Lighting nomination.

The cast for the March production included 56 students, a 26-member student orchestra and all-student stage crew.

Through the production, the actors and actresses took the audience from Broadway to Havana to the sewers of New York City but eventually, everyone ended up right where they belong. The show was set to a golden era score that includes “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat,” and “Fugue for Tinhorns.”

Producer Kathy Morrissey said she was amazed at the students’ talent and their commitment to making the musical a spectacular production.

“Our wonderfully talented cast had audiences tapping their feet and smiling from ear to ear at the big and brassy production they worked so tirelessly on,” Morrissey said.

In addition, Director Sarah McGraw said the production was an upbeat performance.

“It was such an upbeat, charming show about luck, love, and the foundation of dreams,” said Director Sarah McGraw. “It was a humorous, energetic and touching story about the bright lights and shady back rooms of the Broadway underworld.”

In addition to the director and producer, Vocal Director Christy Barnhart accompanied Declan Allwein, Ethan O’Neil, Logan Krushinski and Kevin Zhou along with student director Shay Braksator to the PR School Board Planning Meeting on May 6, 2019. They were one of several groups to visit the board to show off musical scenes from productions at the middle school and high school from January through May in observance of board appreciation.