Rules and Guidelines
All high schools that produce a musical located within a 80 mile radius from Overture Center, located at 201 State Street, Madison, are eligible to participate. This includes the following counties: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock, Sauk and parts of Grant, Milwaukee, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha.
If you are not located within this region, but would like to partcipate please contact Tim Sauers at [email protected] or 608.258.4420.
Productions entered must fall into one of the following categories:
Musical productions for each season must take place between July 1, 2013 and May 12, 2014. Summer productions are eligible for the following year's Tommy Awards.
How the Program Works
For each submitted musical, a team of 3 adjudicators is assigned to review the musical. The production is critiqued based on a predetermined rubric. Each reviewer submits a completed critique form that also includes nominations for Tommy Awards. For a complete list of awards please see Award Categories. The comments are compliled into one document and sent to the school. In the spring, Overture Center announces the recipieints for the Tommy Awards. Awards are distributed during an annual ceremony that features performances by outstanding musicals, musical numbers/scenes and performers. Please see Awards Ceremony.
Teachers and directors of schools participating in the Tommy Awards will be required to:
Student Liason Responsibilities:
Parent Liason Responsibilities:
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013/14 Tommy Awards. Applications for all musicals taking place between July 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 must be received by September 15, 2013. Applications for all musicals taking place between Januray 1, 2014 and May 12, 2014 must be received by January 1, 2014.
A $50 application fee must be submitted with each application.
For further information or to download applications please see the How To Participate page.
Tickets for Reviewers
Three reviewers will attend each production on behalf of the Tommy Awards. Each school must provide Overture Center with six complimentary tickets (two for each reviewer) on the date(s) selected by Overture. Tickets should be held at the box office for reviewers to pick up before the performance under the name "Overture Center for the Arts."
Conflict of Interest
Reviewers are required to alert Overture Center immediately if there is a conflict of interest with a participating school.
During the course of the program, there may be times when Overture Center will need to photograph/videotape students, faculty, and other staff and volunteers. Please be aware that by participating in the program, teachers and students are giving full rights and permissions to Overture Center for the use of such video and photos. Please also be aware that Overture Center may use a school’s name and students’ names in any press releases associated with the Tommy Awards.