Patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the event celebrates the power of the Arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Show business veterans and community celebrities will come together to spotlight the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theatre programs. Awards will be given in 15 categories including Best Orchestra, Best Director, Best Musical Direction, Best Supporting Actor/Actress Best Musical Production, and Best Lead Actor/Actress, to name a few.
The top nominated shows will be invited to perform a production number from their show at the Awards Ceremony. Also, the top nominated Leading Actors and Actresses will perform in a medley highlighting their performances.
This is a national program, with over 30 cities participating.
1. Based on Broadway’s Tony Awards©, the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in the production of high school musical theatre in 15 categories. See # 5 below.
2. All Dallas metropolitan area high schools (private and public) are invited to participate. Fort Worth has their "Tommy" Awards, and we do not want to compete with them, so no Tarrant County. Eligible school districts include Collin County, Denton County, Kaufman County, Ellis County, Rockwall County, Highland Park ISD.
3. Each school can register for 1 musical to be judged. If they want to submit another one, the fee is $300. (Kansas City does that, as well.)
4. Link to the national web site: http://www.nhsmta.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions
5. Three judges will visit each school and judge the performers in 15 categories:
Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Featured Performer.
6. The top eight finalists in each category will be announced.
7. DSM will be awarding scholarships of not less than $1,000 to several deserving students.
8. Deadline for registration is September 30, 2011.
9. Scores are submitted to an accounting firm, just like the Tony Awards©, and announced the night of the awards ceremony.
10. Awards Ceremony: Spring 2012: Top eight schools will perform a production number from their show. It will be at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
11. Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress will receive an all expenses paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy Nederlander Award) for the chance to win up to a full four year scholarship to the NYU Tisch School of Drama.