High School Musical Theatre Awards
The mission of the Orpheum’s High School Musical Theatre Awards program is to support, promote and enhance high school musical theatre throughout Memphis and the Mid South.
Modeled after the Tony™ Awards and now in its sixth year, The Orpheum’s High School Musical Theatre Awards recognize achievements in all areas of high school musical theatre. This event is part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program which includes 30 programs from across the country.
The Orpheum welcomes any high school within a 100 mile radius who meets the eligibility requirements as a participant in the program. Please see the Rules and Guidelines for eligibility. Applications for the 2016 HSMTAs are now closed.
Each submitted musical goes through an adjudication process where community judges attend the high school productions. The HSMTA judges are arts professionals within the Memphis community specializing in performance, directing, sound and lighting design, costume design and music orchestration and direction.
The year of High School Musicals concludes in a celebration of the passion, dedication and energy of all students and teachers involved in producing musical theatre. Participants gather at the historic Orpheum Theatre for a night of performance and awards presentation.
The 2016 Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 7pm.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 HSMTA Student Technical and Creative Achievement Awards.
Follow Orpheum Theatre Students and Families Facebook Page throughout the year for information each participating schools performances. Click Here to view videos from The National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
For more information contact Lindsay Krosnes at [email protected]
Technical and Creative Achievement Awards will be given for individual contributions by students. In order to evaluate the specific contributions made by students in technical and creative capacities, awards in these areas utilize a student-created portfolio in addition to production feedback from a submitted HSMTA musical.
Students whose work or contributions fit in any of the following areas may submit a portfolio to be considered for a technical or creative achievement nomination:
Creative Achievement: (Up to 6 nominees) this category honors students who were part of the creative team for their production. Areas of nomination include:
- Lighting Design, Sound Design, Set Design, Props Design, Costume Design, Hair/Makeup Design, and Choreography
Technical Achievement: (Up to 6 nominees) this category honors students who were a part of the technical execution of their production. Areas of nomination include:
- Stage Management, Technical Direction, Sound Execution, and Video Production (used as part of the show).
There are three components to be considered for a technical or creative achievement awards.
1. Fill Out the online application by March 1, 2016.
2. Submit a Portfolio by April 1, 2016 (digitally or delivered to Orpheum)
- 1-2 page personal essay about your experience
- Director letter of recommendation
3. At least two supplemental pieces or artifacts that demonstrate the student work. The amount of supplemental materials provided in the portfolio is at the discretion of the applicant. Please note that the more information included in the portfolio allows for a stronger evaluation and sets up an applicant for greater success. Supplemental materials can include but are not limited to: Prompt book, Crew lists, Shift lists, Lighting plots, Sound plots, Design renderings or sketches, Cue scripts, Rehearsal materials, Video support or a highlight reel of a student’s process or work, Production photos.
Nominees will be announced on April 25, 2016
Supplemental materials due to Orpheum by May 2, 2016
Nominees will meet with the judges panel at TBD time between May 9-16, 2016
|Arlington High School||The Pajama Game||November 2015|
|Bartlett High School||The Spitfire Grill||October 2015|
|Bolton High School||Weird Romance||April 2016|
|Blytheville High School||Show TBA||March 2016|
|Briarcrest Christian School||Mary Poppins||February 2016|
|Central High School||Xanadu||November 2015|
|Collierville High School||Jekyll and Hyde||April 2016|
|Cordova High School||The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee||April 2016|
|Corinth High School||Little Shop of Horrors||March 2016|
|Evangelical Christian School||West Side Story||February 2016|
|Germantown High School||The Little Mermaid||February 2016|
|Harding Academy||Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella||February 2016|
|Hernando High School||CATS||October 2016|
|Houston High School||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat||February 2016|
|Hutchison School||Legally Blonde the Musical||November 2016|
|Jackson Christian School||Oliver! The Musical||February 2016|
|Lausanne Collegiate School||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||April 2016|
|Lewisburg High School||Beauty and the Beast Jr.||March 2016|
|Memphis University School||Damn Yankees||April 2016|
|Milan High School||Into the Woods Jr.||February 2016|
|Northpoint Christian School||Shrek the Musical||February 2016|
|Olive Branch High School||Anything Goes||November 2015|
|Overton High School||You're a Good Man Charlie Brown||November 2015|
|Ridgeway High School||Smokey Joe's Café||April 2016|
|Senatobia High School||Into the Woods Jr.||April 2016|
|St. Agnes Academy||Children of Eden||March 2016|
|St. Benedict at Auburndale||Kiss Me Kate||April 2016|
|St. Georges Independent School||Bye Bye Birdie||November 2015|
|St. Mary’s School||Godspell||February 2016|
|Tipton-Rosemark Academy||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers||April 2016|
|Whitehaven High School||Once on this Island Jr.||December 2015|
|White Station High School||The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee||March 2016|
|Wynne High School||The Little Mermaid||March 2016|