Musical Mondays – October Update for DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards!

Posted on October 5th, 2015

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You are invited to…


500 of the most talented performers from over 70 schools, with a professional 25 piece orchestra, compete for 16 awards and 7 scholarships… live on stage at THE Largest Theatre in Big “D.”

Save the date! Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at the Music Hall at Fair Park! We will kick things off with our RED CARPET EVENT at 5:30 PM followed by our LIVE SHOW at 7:00PM!

Thousands of hours of auditions, rehearsals and performances in high schools across Dallas and North Texas are celebrated each spring when this glittering evening marks an exciting culmination to the high school musical season.

58 schools have already registered to participate in this year’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS program with more school entering every week. DSM has already sent representatives to performances at Highland Park High School of CINDERELLA,  J. J. Pearce High School of SWEENEY TODD, The Covenant School of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and Lake Ridge High School for the 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.

The fun continues next week when the curtain goes up on Ft. Worth Academy of Fine Arts’ production of ALL SHOOK UP which runs October 16-18 and October 22-24, 2015. Halloween weekend will see a number of schools presenting ghoulishly fun shows we’re sure you won’t want to miss! Check out our roster of participating schools for show dates and times by clicking here.

Keep up on all things “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL” by following our Facebook page at and create your own post about your high school’s show on our Facebook group page at and don’t forget to check us out on Instagram by clicking here.

Here are some pics from J Pearce’s SWEENEY TODD!

HSMTA_2016SaveTheDateBannerv3About the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards
Celebrating its 5th year, DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) had 65 high schools participating in 2015 – which is more than double the first year’s total of 30 high schools participating, representing 33 school districts across North Texas. Among the 65 were also 7 private high schools. This represented a new all-time high of high schools, teachers and students taking part in the program.
DSM HSMTA remains the largest program of its kind in the state and the second largest program in the country. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by The National High School Musical Theatre Awards as their official affiliate program for North Texas.
Since DSM’s First Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting high schools as far away as Denton and McKinney to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Paris, Texas to the east.
Slated for Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, the awards show is a red carpet affair and the public is invited to join in the excitement. Red carpet arrival begins at 5:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with performances which include separate medleys of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees, production numbers from Best Musical nominees and an opening number featuring all nominated performers accompanied by a live orchestra. Winners and scholarship recipients are announced. The show is topped off with a finale of performers from each participating high school.
Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in the production of high school musical theatre. Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each are awarded. In 2015, DSM awarded seven cash scholarships of $5,000 each to outstanding participating students. To date, DSM has awarded over $100,000 in cash scholarships to outstanding students.
A three-judge panel of entertainment industry professionals and veteran educators will visit each high school and judge the performers in 16 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 Male Performer and Best Featured Female Performer. Ballots will be submitted to the accounting firm of Grant Thornton.
Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their high school in The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.
Participating high schools and their shows will be listed on the website at or for questions, contact Tracy Jordan, the program manager at 214-413-3951 or