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 seventh 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 2017 HSMTAs are now open.

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 2017 High School Musical Theatre Awards will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 7pm.

Join the Orpheum Students and Families Facebook group to get inside scoop about the HSMTAs and more. View or download a full gallery of photos from the 2016 awards ceremony on the Orpheum's Flickr account.

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:

Technical Direction, Sound Mixing, Light Operation, Assistant Stage Managers and Video Production (used as part of the show).

Achievement in Stage Management: (Up to 6 nominees) this category honors students who were primary stage managers for their high school production:

Application process

There are three components to be considered for a technical or creative achievement awards.

  1. Fill out the online application by March 10, 2017.  
  2. Submit a Portfolio by April 10, 2017 (digitally or delivered to Orpheum)
  3. Portfolio Requirements:
  • 1-2 page personal essay about your experience
  • Resume
  • Director letter of recommendation

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 24, 2017
Nominees will meet with judges panel at TBD time between May 9-14, 2017


2017 Participating Schools

Arlington High School  The Sound of Music Feb. 23-27, 2017
Blytheville High School Lucky Stiff March 30 - April 1, 2017
Bolton High School Zombie Prom March 2-7, 2017
Briarcrest Christian School Into the Woods Feb. 16-18 & 23-25, 2017
Central High School  RENT February 2017
Christian Brothers High School The Drowsy Chaperone Dec. 1-3, 2016
Collierville High School Zombie Prom March 30 - April 2, 2017
Cordova High School All Shook Up Feb. 23-25, 2017
Corinth High School The Little Mermaid April 7-10, 2017
Evangelical Christian School Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Nov. 2-3, 5, 9-10, 12, 2016
Germantown High School The Mystery of Edwin Drood Feb. 23-25, Mar. 2-4, Mar. 9-11, 2017
Harding Academy Sister Act Feb. 2-4, 2017
Hernando High School In the Heights March 31, April 1-2, 6-9, 2017
Houston High School 42nd Street Feb. 17-20, 2017
Hutchison School Beauty and the Beast Nov. 18- 21, 2016
Jackson Christian School The Addams Family Jan. 19-21, 2017
Lausanne Collegiate School The Drowsy Chaperone April 6-9, 2017
Madison Academic High School Grease Nov. 3-5, 2016
Memphis University School Man of La Mancha March 25-28, 2017
Milan High School Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat February 2017
Northpoint Christian School My Fair Lady Feb. 27, 28 and March 2-4, 2017
Olive Branch High School The Drowsy Chaperone Nov. 3, 5, 6, 2016
Overton High School Sister Act Nov. 18-21, 2016
Ridgeway High School The Wiz March 30-April 2, 2017
Sacred Heart High School Peter Pan, Jr. Feb. 17-18, 2017
Senatobia High School Back to the 80s March/April 2017
St. Agnes Academy Sister Act March 30-April 1, 2017
St. Benedict at Auburndale Into the Woods March 30-April 2, 2017
St. George's Independent School Big Fish Nov. 10-12, 2016
St. Mary's School Little Women Nov. 18-20, 2016
Southaven High School Big Fish March 30-April 1, 2017
Tipton-Rosemark Academy  Oklahoma!  March 23-27, 2017
University School of Jackson The Little Mermaid Nov. 3, 5, 6, 2016
White Station High School High School Musical March 30-April 1, 2017
Wynne High School Shrek the Musical March 9-12, 2017


2016 High School Musical Theatre Awards Videos