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Musical, Actress Nominated for 2019 Mancini Awards

The cast and crew of Mars Area High School’s spring production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast received several 2019 Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Award nominations.

Senior Mia Mannuppelli is nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Belle. The production is also nominated for Best Musical (Budget Level 2), Best Crew/Technical Execution, Best Costume Design (Budget Level 2), Best Lighting Design (Budget Level 2), Best Scenic Design (Budget Level 2), and Best Execution of Direction

In addition, sophomore Luke Whittaker, who played the Young Selfish Prince as well as a villager and castle object, was selected for a Pittsburgh CLO Scholarship.

All nominees will be recognized at the 25th annual Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (Midland, Pa.). Tickets are $25 per person.

Keynote speaker will be Christopher Jackson who earned a 2016 Tony Award nomination for his original role as George Washington in “Hamilton.” The awards ceremony will feature performances by each school nominated for Best Musical and those students nominated for individual awards and two representatives from each participating school will join in a “show-stopping” finale number.

Through the sponsorship of the Pittsburgh CLO, the students who win Best Actor and Best Actress will advance to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy Awards) at Broadway’s Minskoff Theater.

The annual Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards recognize achievement in high school musical theater in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. For ticket information, call (724) 576-4644 or visit