Thursday, January 10, 2013
Have you seen any of the movies up for Academy Awards? Check out our recap of the nominees and then tell us who you think should win.
It’s that time of year again, and by that we mean nominations have been made for Hollywood’s own Super Bowl—the Academy Awards. This year’s nominees, announced Thursday morning by funnyman Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone, include Lincoln, which had the most nominations at 12, and Les Miserables, which has nine nominations. Surprisingly, there was no best director nod for Ben Affleck for his critically acclaimed film Argo, which is nominated for seven awards, including Best Picture. The movie will compete alongside Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty in that category. Similar directing shutouts occurred for other highly praised …
Friday, December 30, 2011
It wasn't all good news, but it wasn't all bad, either.
Friday, December 30, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, Pine-Richland Patch is taking a look back at the stories that got people talking. With so many interesting stories throughout the year, we decided the best way to put this particular list together was to compile the 10 stories that got the most readers and reader feedback. So without further ado, let's count them down: #10: The Windmill Atop Pine Township Hill Went Up For Sale #9: A $10 Million Lawsuit Was Filed Against Northern Regional Police Department #8: Bradley Livezey Died in an Accident along Route 910 #7: Local Police Investigated a String of Car Windows, Which Were Shot Out With a BB Gun #6: A Pine-Richland Student Faced Charges in a Middle School Bomb Threat #5: Battles Over The Pine-Richland School…
Monday, July 18, 2011
It's a long, hot road to fame. Or not.
When my son Jeff heard the American Idol auditions were coming to Pittsburgh, there was no question of whether or not he was going to try out -- he's been talking about doing so since he turned 16. Because he's under 18, he had to be accompanied by a parent at all times, and I would never have missed being with him for such an exciting day. Here is how it all went: Wednesday, July 13 at 3:30 p.m. - You have to register before attending auditions, and registration is scheduled for the 48 hours before auditions start. We had heard that thousands lined up first thing in the morning, but you could just walk up to a table if you went after that. True. We had our tickets and wristbands without even having to stand in line. Friday, July 15 at 4 …
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Woodland Hills, North Hills dominate Saturday's awards ceremony.
The Pine-Richland High School student orchestra that performed for the spring musical, "Les Miserables," brought home the school's lone Gene Kelly Award on Saturday night. "Les Miserables" received 11 nominations out of 13 categories for the prestigious awards, which were presented at Pittsburgh CLO’s 21st Annual Gene Kelly Awards ceremony at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh. Woodland Hills High School won the most awards -- six -- with its production of "The Phantom of the Opera." North Hills followed with five awards for "No, No, Nanette. Two Pine-Richland students also received scholarships at the event. Niles Brandon was awarded one of five Gene Kelly Cash Scholarships. The merit-based scholarships, totaling $…
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
PRHS spring musical nominated for Best Musical, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
"Les Miserables," the spring musical performed by Pine-Richland High School, received 11 nominations today for the prestigious Gene Kelly Awards. And the nominees are: (I know it's corny, but I couldn't resist) Best Musical Best Actress -- Megan Hawbaker Best Supporting Actor -- Jake Chavara Best Supporting Actress --Jennifer Rausch Best Scenic Design Best Costume Design Best Lighting Design Best All-Student Orchestra Best Ensemble Best Crew/Technical Execution Best Direction The 2011 award winners will be announced May 28 at Pittsburgh CLO’s 21st Annual Gene Kelly Awards at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Proceeds from cabaret at Point Park University will go to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief fund.
Cast members from "Les Miserables," the spring musical at Pine-Richland High School, are taking to the stage to raise money for victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami. The students have been invited to participate in the Japan Relief Cabaret at 7 p.m. Friday at Point Park University's Lawrence Hall in Pittsburgh. The admission fee is a $10 minimum donation (feel free to donate more) and the money will go to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief fund. The cabaret is organized by Tim Marquette, a Pine-Richland alum who previously served as the school's director of musical theater. He now works in Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts and is involved with professional companies throughout Pittsburgh…
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Pine-Richland High School musical is an amazing production.
There is a reason that Pine-Richland High School musicals are nominated year after year for Gene Kelly Awards – they deserve them. Their latest production, "Les Miserables," is no exception. In Friday's opening night show, the cast performed “I Dreamed a Dream," “On My Own” and other songs made famous by "Les Miserables." "Les Miserables" is known as a difficult musical, but you would never have known that based on the students’ performance Friday night before a packed audience. The musical isn’t what one would call uplifting, with a somber story line set in the mid-1800s in France. Jean Valjean is the main character, a man sentenced to prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. The story follows Jean Valjean’s journey once he is …
Friday, March 18, 2011
Richland High School alumnus visits with students at Pine-Richland High School.
It was a typical high school scene, a bunch of students sitting around, sharing ideas and giving each other advice. Except one of those sharing ideas and tips was an award-winning Broadway director, although you would never have known it from his demeanor or attitude. That is exactly what makes Jeff Calhoun so loved by the students at Pine-Richland High School. “He acts like one of us. He doesn’t talk down to us, but treats us like equals, like friends,” said Katelyn Alcook, a senior at the school. It was an exciting day for many students at Pine-Richland High School when they met Thursday with Calhoun. The 1978 graduate of Richland High School visited with students, teachers and staff, “paying back” to the place that gave him his roots…
Monday, March 14, 2011
Richland High School grad to visit this week, take in spring musical.
It’s a homecoming of sorts when Broadway director and choreographer Jeff Calhoun returns to Pine-Richland High School this week. Calhoun, a 1978 graduate of Richland High School, will be meeting Thursday with students, presenting senior honors awards and taking in the high school’s musical, "Les Miserables." It is a visit that has become annual for Calhoun since he returned for the 50th anniversary of the district in 2008. To his surprise, the school district honored him by inducting him into its Alumni Hall of Fame at the anniversary celebration. Calhoun was planning simply to announce creation of a $5,000 scholarship at the festivities. “Originally, it was to go to a student who would be pursing a career in the theater arts, but that …
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Pine-Richland High School will perform the musical March 17-19, 25 and 26.
Curtain time is drawing near for Pine-Richland High School's production of the musical, "Les Miserables." The show will be performed March 17-19, 25 & 26. The musical, based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, tells the story of Paris's seamy side and centers on the 1832 revolution. Photographer Wendy Compernolle captured a little bit of everything that goes into the production when she attended last weekend's rehearsal. For now, you can enjoy the show in photos. For the real thing, click here for ticket information.