From their high school auditoriums to the Music Hall stage and potentially onto THE LION KING stage at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City, Broadway Dallas coaches, adjudicates, and celebrates more than 5,000 students from 75 school productions across North Texas each year through the High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA).
Now in its 13th year, HSMTA is one of the largest programs in the country out of a regional network of 47. School-year-long performances and training culminate in a Spring celebration – a cross between a pep rally and the Tony Awards® – where everyone walks the red carpet, outstanding awards are presented in 18 categories and more than $62,500 in college scholarships are awarded through the generosity of our community.
Outstanding Performer winners then head to Broadway for a chance to compete on the national Jimmy Awards stage.
Spotlight on Haley Dortch: The last time Haley Dortch stepped onto the Music Hall stage, she was a senior at Geyer High School, singing and dancing her way to winning the 2019 and 2020 Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) Outstanding Performer Award. This month, Broadway Dallas proudly welcomes Haley back as she performs the iconic role of Fantine in Les Misérables.
“I am just beyond thrilled to come back and perform on this stage again,” Haley told us. “This is where my love for theater began, it is where I watched my first ever national tour, it is where I was sent to the Jimmy Awards in New York City. I am just so thrilled to come back to this stage.”
Spotlight on Corbin Ross: 2023 HSMTA Outstanding Performer winner Corbin Ross ranked in the Top 10 in the country out of more than 120,000 participating students at the 2023 Jimmy Awards
Spotlight on Logan Lowery: 2022 Scholarship recipient Logan Lowery writes: “Broadway Dallas gave me a complete, new confidence in my own art. Your energy, love, and passion for kids is what has made the past two years so special and amazing for me and every single person that gets to compete in this amazing program. You created an atmosphere that didn’t feel like a competition but felt like a community. Therefore, even when I didn’t win, I wasn’t devastated. I was so excited for my friend and new family member that I got to know because of you. THANK YOU. I LOVE HSMTA!”