October 1 Deadline to Register for the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards for the 2014-2015 School Year
(Dallas, TX ) October 1, 2014 is the deadline to register for the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards (DSM HSMTA) for the 2014-2015 school year. The program is open to public and private high schools all across North Texas. Since DSM’s First Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting schools as far away as Denton and Allen to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Mineola and Mabank to the east.
In just three years, this awards program has grown to be the largest program of its kind in the state of Texas and one of the largest programs in the nation. DMS’s program is the only official awards program in North Texas recognized by the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, the 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 2014 DSM awarded over $35,000 in scholarships, including several $5,000 scholarships, to outstanding students.
Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, DSM, said, “This program encourages participation in the musical arts throughout our community. We are grateful to founding sponsors Leah and Jerry Fullinwider for their support and vision, which literally brought this awards program to life.”
Tracy Jordan, Director of the HSMTA adds, “DSM feels it is important to encourage these talented students to follow their dreams and goals and to draw attention to the excellent work being done in education in musical theater in our area schools.”
Three judges will visit each school and judge the performers in 15 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 Performer.
Ballots will be submitted to the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton. Students from each participating school as well as finalists in categories of Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical will be invited to perform at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony show at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 when winners are announced. The public is invited to join in this exciting celebration.
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 school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.
HSMTA media sponsors are The Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8.
Dallas Summer Musicals season sponsors are American Airlines, WFAA Channel 8, The Dallas Morning News and Texas Instruments.
For details or any questions, visit the website at http://dallassummermusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm or contact Tracy Jordan at 214.413.3951 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook page is constantly updated at https://www.facebook.com/DSMHSMTA
National program website here: http://www.nhsmta.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions
About Dallas Summer Musicals: As a nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theater, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theater arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, call (214) 421-5678 or visit the website at www.dallassummermusicals.org
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