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National High School Musical Theater Awards 

Jimmy Awards

JUN 25, 2014 - JUL 1, 2014

Minskoff Theatre | New York City, NY


Jimmy Awards auditions will be held on MAY 31, 2014.  Registration and details will be released mid-May, 2014.

Overture will again apply to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards program.  Outstanding Lead Performer recipients are eligible to audition to be one of two participants, one actor & one actress, sent to New York City for nationals.


The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) is a celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater. The program recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performance, and honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to excellence in performing arts education.  

The fifth annual National High School Musical Theater Awards was held on Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Activities commenced on Wednesday, June 26, with rehearsals, master classes, private coaching and interviews with theater professionals leading up to the live awards show where the Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress were presented. The program  concluded on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.  


Check out this video to watch 2013 Tommy Award representative and 2013 Jimmy Awards finalist Martha Hellerman's performance.  And this video of 2013 Tommy Award representative and 2013 Jimmy Awards Best Performance in an Ensemble recipient Billy Krager in his medley.



Registration will begin mid-May, 2014

SAT, MAY 31, 2014 | 9 AM

Promenade Hall

2014 Tommy Award Outstanding Lead Performer recipients


On Saturday, May 31, 2014 auditions will be held for all interested and eligible students.  Tommy Award reviewers will select two students based on the applicant's audition.  Guests and school representatives are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Students are eligible to audition if they:

  •     Receive an Outstanding Lead Performer Award this season

                 (Tommy Award recipients will be announced in May 2014)

  •     Are available to go to New York City in late June or early July.
  •     Are able to complete the additional NHSMTA requirements (see below)


*There is no financial obligation for the students who are chosen to travel to nationals.  All travel, accommodation, and food costs will be paid for by NHSMTA and Overture Center.

For the audition students are asked to prepare*:


  •    5 minute video of their performance in their high school musical this year
  •    1 song from their performance this year
  •    1 contrasting piece from musical theater genre (story songs recommended)
  •    Completed Musical Submission Form for NHSMTA
  •    Completed a 1-page essay
  •    Signed Participant Waiver form
  •    Current Resume and headshot (or photo)

Students may be asked to return in the afternoon for a call back audition and interview.

The two students selected are asked to perform one song at Overture's Take The Stage fundraising dinner on June 4, 2014.


2014 TENTATIVE Audition Schedule: 

9am - 10:30am - Auditon group 1

10:30am - 12pm - Auditions group 2

12pm - Call back announcement (if needed)

12pm - 1pm:  Lunch break

1pm - 2:30pm - Call back performances and interviews

Once the audition is complete the reviewer panel will convene to choose the two representatives and two alternates.  The two representatives will be notified by phone by the Monday after the audition.  All others will be notified by email. 


*The NHSMTA has additional requirements the selected students must complete prior to their arrival in NYC.  Students should consider whether they are able to complete these additional requirements before deciding to audition.


Interested students and directors should email Karra Beach at [email protected] with any questions and to register and submit their audition materials.


If chosen, to represent the Tommy Awards at the NHSMTA, students are required to prepare:
(For the two students selected to represent the Tommy Awards in NYC)


  • Participant Waiver (completed for audition)
  • 5-minute Topic Response Video (filmed after the audition)
  • 5-minute video highlighting award winner in their performance in their high school musical (prepared for audition)
  • Headshot (Overture will assist in getting a headshot if the student does not have one)
  • Resume (See Sample Resume)
  • Essay (1 page, double-spaced) describing participants experience while participating in the high school musical
  • Medical Information Form
  • Music Submission Form
  • Prepare four (4) songs:

              The two (2) most prominent songs from Participant's winning performance

              One (1) musical theater ballad and one (1) musical theater up tempo piece.


NHSMTA official list of qualifying leading roles.

For more information about the NHSMTA, please visit their website.