The program’s mission is to visibly and powerfully impact area high school students, their school communities and their families by encouraging and recognizing student excellence in musical theater productions.
A panel of Broadway Dallas-selected judges attend and score each participating production based on detailed guidelines. When all of the evaluations have been received, a final meeting of all Broadway Dallas HSMTA adjudicators takes place to review the productions and complete the scoring process. Scores are be tabulated and certified by BDO, a certified public accounting firm. The highest score determines the winner in each category and winners are announced during the awards ceremony.
Broadway Dallas has recruited a diverse panel of adjudicators consisting of qualified arts professionals to serve as Broadway Dallas HSMTA adjudicators. Adjudicators are required to attend a mandatory meeting in the fall that provides an extensive orientation of the program and the evaluation process. Judges evaluate how well a school does, based on that school’s unique resources and challenges. The awards criterion emphasizes achievement and celebration of student work, not budget or size of production.
The Broadway Dallas HSMTA program culminates at the Music Hall with an awards ceremony, modeled after the Tony Awards®, to recognize outstanding musical theatre productions and students. Winners are announced for each category. The ceremony also entertains the audience with production numbers from the eight shows nominated for Best Musical. Finalists for Best Actor and Best Actress also perform. Additionally, all students nominated for individual categories perform in the opening number and two students from each participating school perform in the closing number. A full orchestra accompanies all of these performances, with music direction and choreography by local theatre professionals.
Yes! 45 other cities across the country similar programs. Patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards, a competition for high school musicals was conceived 20 years ago by Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Since then, the concept has spread across the nation, and in 2009, an annual national awards program, The Jimmy Awards, named after James M. Nederlander, chairman of the Nederlander Producing Company of America, was created to provide a week of professional training in New York for students named best actor and best actress at the regional awards.