The OLSH Theatre Department has been putting on outstanding full-scale musical productions for many years now. For the last twenty years, the production team of Dolores Manuel and Heather Taylor have been guiding students as they discover their talents and share them with OLSH audiences. This year the department took on the show "Once Upon a Mattress" - the story of the Princess and the Pea. With a strong cast of talented leads and ensemble members, the show delighted audiences for two weekends in early March.
This morning, the seniors in the cast gathered with Ms. Manuel in the OLSH music room to watch a live stream of KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live, where some of the nominations for the Pittsburgh CLO's Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre would be announced. The Awards program has been a highlight of the OLSH theatre experience, with the group receiving 74 nominations since 1998.
This year the cast, crew, and production team celebrated as they learned they had received six total nominations:
- Best Costume Design, Budget Level I
- Best Scenic Design, Budget Level I
- Best Lighting Design, Budget Level I
- Best Crew/Technical Execution
- Best Actress: Alyssa Brinza (Princess Winifred)
- Best Musical, Budget Level I
Their nomination for Best Musical will earn them the opportunity to perform a number from the show on the Benedum Stage during the Awards on Saturday, May 25. Alyssa Brinza '19 will also perform with the five other Best Actress nominees from area schools.