Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards
The Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards was a huge hit last year! We had over 12 schools, totaling 300 students, participate in this exciting program dedicated to honoring the talents, friendships and educational endeavors of Nashville high school theater programs. We expect even more school participation this year, so make sure you sign up today!
Through this program, area high schools are invited to submit one musical per school year. We then send three judges to view a performance, including a Nashville theater professional, a Lipscomb University faculty member and a student from the theatre department. On Saturday, May 9, 2015, all participating schools are invited to Lipscomb’s campus for a day of workshops taught by industry professionals and an awards ceremony hosted by Broadway legend Chuck Wagner.
We seek to recognize exemplary work of all participating schools. Awards include best actor and actress, best show, best direction, all-star cast and crew and many other exciting awards. Lipscomb University Department of Theatre will also be presenting two $1000 scholarships, one in acting and one in technical theatre, to study theater at Lipscomb. This year, two students will also be selected to represent Nashville at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (“The Jimmy Awards”) in New York City.
We are proud to have Chuck Wagner, a Nashville-area native, bring his considerable experience from both stage and screen to this event. His extensive experience includes the recent tour of Anything Goes, and originating the Broadway roles of Beast in Beauty and the Beast and Wolf/Prince in Into the Woods. An avid musical theater historian, Wagner serves as visiting artist-in-residence at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. He performs concerts and teaches in high schools and colleges throughout the United States. He performed in Lipscomb Theatre’s production of Les Miserables in 2013!
To enter the festival, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form. Once we receive the form, we will coordinate a team of adjudicators to view one of your performances.
At the end of the school year, we will compile the critiques and scores from each show to determine?the awards for the festival. While we do not encourage a spirit of competition, we do want to recognize performers and productions for outstanding work.
As we get closer to the May 9 event, schools will be asked to register each student who plans to attend the day of workshops and the evening awards ceremony.
The cost per school is $250 with a maximum of 20 schools and a total of 400 students participating. The fees are applied towards the full day of workshops, judges’ costs and awards reception after the ceremony. Parents will also be able to buy tickets to the awards ceremony in May. Registration fee may not be returned if production is canceled within 14 days of first performance.
A Sample Itinerary
Saturday, May 9, 2015
11 a.m.-12 p.m.—Lunch
3-6 p.m.—Dinner (on own)
6-7 p.m.—Dessert Reception
7-9 p.m.—Awards Ceremony
A few of our judges...
Artistic Director for Nashville Shakespeare Festival
Nashville Theatre Critic and Founder of the First Night Awards
Artistic Director and Resident Writer, Blackbird Theatre
Broadway Actress and Acting coach on ABC’s “Nashville”
Chair of Theatre Department and Professional Director
2014-2015 High Schools Participating (no particular order)
- Brentwood High School
- Father Ryan High School
- Cookeville High School
- Franklin Road Academy
- Davidson Academy
- Central Magnet High School
- Siegel High School
- St Cecilia's Academy
- Montgomery Bell Academy
- Harpeth Hall
- Ensworth School
- Pope John Paul II High School
- Wilson Central High School
- Ravenwood High School
- Lipscomb Academy
- Centennial High School
- Christ Presbyterian Academy
- Hillsboro High School