The Henry Mancini Musical Theater Awards will be very different this year. It will be a virtual ceremony, held on Saturday, May 22nd at 7 p.m.
With many schools unable to produce traditional in-person musicals this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center has created the first online event in the program's 27 year history. Rather than the traditional awards ceremony, this year's Mancinis will recognize the efforts of the 18 participating schools whether they are producing a full show, a musical review, or simply applauding the efforts of last year's shows which most were not able to perform.
Thus there will not be the traditional Best Musical, Best Pit Orchestra, Best Ensemble, etc. nominations, instead there will be a recognition of each participating program, and just two Nominee Categories: Best Actress and Best Actor.
Congratulations to Knoch's two Mancini Nominations:
Best Actress - Abby McAuley
Best Actor - Jack Walker
Abby and Jack will audition at the Pittsburgh CLO in early May. If they are chosen, they will participate in the virtual Jimmy Awards, which will be presented virtually on July 15th, 2021.
Additionally, Knoch's musical was featured in Sunday's Post-Gazette: https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2021/04/05/High-school-musicals-streaming-2021-South-Park-Westinghouse-Arts-Penn-Trafford-Pine-Richland-Knoch-Beaver-County-Christian/stories/202103220086