TUCSON STARLIGHT AWARDS: PROGRAM INFO


The National High School Musical Awards (also known as the Jimmy Awards) is a national celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theatre that recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance and actng performance.  The Jimmys impact more than 50,000 students annually who participate in high school musical theatre competitions in their own region throughout the U.S.  A Best Actor and best Actress from each competition is sent to New York for a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for their Broadway stage debut at the Jimmy Awards show where an esteemed panel of judges crowns the nations top performers.

Tucson high schools can compete in this competition by entering the Tucson Starlight Awards – High School Musical Theatre Finals.   Organized by Broadway in Tucson and Arts Express, jurors (professional arts educators and theatre artists) will review each participating high school musical.  A selection of finalists will be selected to participate in the regional competition to be held in Tucson in early May (see schedule below).  The winners of the Tucson Starlight Awards will go on to compete in New York at the Jimmy Awards.  All candidate’s expenses for the local and national competition are paid.

HIGH SCHOOLS: REGISTER HERE!

PROGRAM INFORMATION

For the purposes of NHSMTA, an Approved Musical is one that:
(1) Held performances in a major New York City/Broadway theatre, professional regional, or touring theatre outside of New York City prior to being made available for licensing to the regional, amateur, or school theatre /circuit.
(2) Was originally conceived and produced for a core audience over eight years of age.
(3) Is officially available for a performance license by a high school from the licensing entity that manages such licenses on behalf of the rights holder for such musical.
(4) RAP officially licensed from the licensing entity that manages such licenses on behalf of the rights holder for such musical.
(5) Is the standard or school edition/version; The following editions/versions are not eligible: 101 Collection, Broadway Junior, G2K (Getting to Know Series), Young Performers Edition, and Young@Part. Concert versions are not permitted.
For the purposes of NHSMTA, a Qualifying Role in an Approved Musical is a role in which the character has a name, provides a vehicle for the actor or actress to demonstrate the ability to deliver the exceptional performance of a solo song and the ability to interact with other leading and featured performers in scenes and / or songs.
Unless identified as an “Ensemble Cast Musical,” an Approved Musical may have not more than six (6) Qualifying Roles. Such roles do not have to be evenly divided between genders.
For Approved Musicals with both a book and libretto, a Qualifying Role must, at minimum, include: (1) At least one solo, featured song (2) Appearances in more than one scene with spoken dialogue with other leading or featured performers (3) Appearances in both or all acts
For Approved Musicals with a libretto only, a Qualifying Role must, at minimum, include: (1) At least one solo, featured song (2) At least one song featuring solo lines or dialogue with other leading or featured performers in the same song (3) Appearances in both or all acts
Each September, in consultation with the major licensing houses, NHSMTA updates the list of Qualifying Roles and Approved Musical titles made available for high school licensing.
LIST OF QUALIFYING LEAD ROLES
If your high school is producing a full length musical theater production that is not on the approved list, but you believe that it is a good fit for the competition, there is an appeals process for inclusion. Please contact Arts Express if this is the case.
To secure a place in the competition, the Teacher/Director must register below and pay the required $40 application fee. ONLY PRODUCTIONS SCHEDULED BEFORE APRIL 7, 2018 WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE 2017-18 SOUTHERN ARIZONA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS. A team of local judges representing the Awards will attend a regularly scheduled performance of an approved musical theater production at participating high schools. Participating schools must provide up to 4 complementary tickets during their show’s run as requested. These will be used by a team of judges and NHSMTA administrators. Ticket arrangements will be made in advance through the teacher/director. Arts Express will contact you to schedule the performance that they will be attending. Please have the box office place these tickets on hold at “Will Call.” Adjudicators will pick them up on the night of the performance.
The tally of the judges’ scores from these onsite adjudications will determine the student nominees that will move on to the Southern Arizona Awards and the high school winners for Best Musical, Best Director, Best Music Direction and Best Creative Elements. Student candidates are judged on performance elements such as poise, movement, voice, and acting. High Schools are judged on the quality of production values such as direction, casting, sets, lighting, choreography, costumes, orchestra, and crew.
Each high school is asked to submit photos for a montage at the competition and for program promotion (up to 10 photos). See Photo Section Below.
SCHOOL BASED ADJUDICATIONS
October 1st – April 7th On-site adjudications of all registered, qualifying high school musicals. Performances scheduled after 4/07/18 will not be considered for the 2018 So. AZ High School Musical Theatre Awards or for the NHSMTAs.

FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REGISTRATION

Announcement of contestants will be made on February 19th  (for Fall Shows), by March 31st  (for Spring Shows) and within 72 hours of the adjudication of the production for all shows thereafter.

Within 5 days of announcement, the parent/guardian of each BV-So AZ contestant must register giving permission and confirming availability of their student to compete on the local and national level. As part of registration process, a 50-word bio and headshot are due.  Sheet music of the selected Primary Song from the adjudicated High School musical is due no later than April 2nd.

PHASE I (April 7th-16th)
All Contestants will prepare a two-minute segment of a solo song from their school performance and participate in the following:
April 7-11: Coaching to finalize two-minute segment of Primary Song – 1.5 hours of coaching in small groups (3-4 students).  Scheduled online at mutual convenience of coaches and students.
April 12th (Time TBD): Audition Workshop
April 14th (Time TBD): Individual Auditions with Primary Song
April 16th:  Production Group and Medley Group (Semi-Finalists) announced!  Division is based on school adjudication and individual audition (see Scoring below).

PRODUCTION GROUP AND MEDLEY GROUP Based on the 4/14 adjudication, all So AZ Musical Theatre Awards contestants will perform in the May 13th regional event as follows:
  • Production Group: Will perform in three group numbers at the regional event (Opening and Closing Numbers and Production Number) and are eligible for selection as a Production Group Finalist. Production Group Finalists are selected based on a second adjudication of their Primary Song on May 12th.  Production Group Finalists (1-2 students) will perform their Primary Song at the May 13th event and are eligible for Best Actor/Best Actress awards.
  • Medley Group: Will perform Opening and Closing Numbers as well as the male/female medley at the regional event that will include a solo of their Primary Song. The top 6-8 Medley Group Finalists will also perform their Contrasting Song at the May 13th event and are eligible for Best Actor/Best Actress awards.

    PHASE II (April 21st – May 13th)
    Choreography Masters Class for All Contestants (2 Hrs)
    2 Rehearsals of Opening Group Number for All Contestants. (3 Hrs)
    2 Rehearsals of the Closing Group Number for All Contestants (3 Hrs)
    2 Rehearsals of Production Number with Production Group (3 Hrs)
    2 Rehearsals of Male Medley Group (3 Hrs)
    2 Rehearsals of Female Medley Group (3 Hrs)
    2 Small Group (3-4 students) Coaching Sessions with All Contestants to finalize two-minute clip of Primary Song
    2 Small Group (3-4 students) Coaching Sessions with Medley Group to finalize two-minute clip of Contrasting Song
    Friday, May 11th:  Evening Rehearsal
    Saturday, May 12th:  Full day rehearsal with all contestants.  Individual adjudications of Primary (All Contestants) and Contrasting Songs (Medley Group only)
    Sunday, May 13th:  Full day rehearsal with all contestants and show at 7:00 pm
    SOUTHERN ARIZONA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS
    Southern Arizona High School Musical Theatre Awards will be Sunday 5/13 at 7:00 pm at the Fox Theatre.
    BEST ACTOR AND BEST ACTRESS
    May 14th – June 16st: The Southern Arizona Best Actress and Best Actor will each receive four 1 hour sessions with the vocal/acting coach to prepare for nationals.
    June 17th - 25th: The top two contestants (one male and one female) from the regional contest will go to the national contest in NYC. The National High School Musical Theater Awards will take place on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. The program will also include a week-long theater intensive in New York City. All expenses are paid for the participants.
    SCORING Criteria for Determining Production vs Medley Group
    50%        On-Site Adjudication (Date of School Production)
    50%        1st Individual Adjudication – Primary Song (April 14th)

    Criteria for Determining Top 1-2 Production Group Finalists
    30%        On-Site Adjudication (Date of School Production)
    20%        1st Individual Adjudication – Primary Song (April 14th)
    50%        2nd Individual Adjudication – Primary Song (May 12th)
    Criteria for Determining Top 6-8 Medley Group Finalists
    30%        On-Site Adjudication (Date of School Production)
    15%        2nd Individual Adjudication – Primary Song (May 12th)
    15%        Individual Adjudication – Contrasting Song (May 12th)
    40%        Adjudication of Medley Performance (May 13th)

    Criteria for Determining Best Actor and Best Actress
    100%        Adjudication of Contrasting Song Performance for Medley Finalists and Primary Song for Production Finalists (May 13th)

    In addition to the adjudicated scores, the Spirit Award (based on contestant vote) and the Audience Choice Award (based on audience vote) will be awarded during the Southern Arizona High School Musical Theatre Awards competition.
    (1) All high schools that produced qualified musicals in 2017-18 will be recognized during the Southern Arizona High School Musical Theatre Awards event on May 13th.
    (2) High schools will be awarded Best Musical, Best Director, Best Music Direction, and Best Creative Elements based on their scores from the on-site adjudication process.
    Each high school is asked to submit photos for a montage at the competition and for program promotion (up to 10 photos).  Photos should be of the highest possible quality, as they represent all your hard work and will be prominently displayed at the Fox Theatre!   Note: Schools should obtain media releases for all students featured. SUBMIT PHOTOS HERE

    SOUTHERN ARIZONA WINNERS

    Samantha Adams (Canyon Del Oro High School)
    Sarah Chico (Marana High School)
    Tyler Crokett (Marana High School)
    Sophia Duclo (Rincon University High School)
    Danny Fapp (Ironwood Ridge High School)
    Sophia Rose Franklin (Ironwood Ridge High School)
    Ravelle Fredrickson (Desert Christian High School)
    Luke Gaff (Desert Christian High School)
    Jay Haynie (Cienega High School)
    Aurora Hunter (Rincon University High School)
    Randall Irby (Flowing Wells High School)
    Elizah Knight (Ironwood Ridge High School)
    Kasey Kuhlmann (Ironwood Ridge High School)
    Xander Mason (Canyon Del Oro High School)
    Sarah Maxwell (Empire High School)
    Samuel Nardi (Basis North High School)
    Arianna Nuno (Marana High School)
    Marina Olono (Cienega High School)
    David Oppel (Tanque Verde High School)
    Piper Runge (Catalina Foothills High School)
    Lily Skyler (The Gregory School)
    Vaune Suitt (Canyon Del Oro High School)
    Ian Welker (Empire High School)
    Justyn Zeider (Catalina Foothills High School)
    TUCSON BEST ACTOR: Luke Gaff, Into the Woods, Desert Christian High School
    TUCSON BEST ACTRESS: Sophia Rose Franklin, Guys & Dolls, Ironwood Ridge High School
    TUCSON BEST MUSICAL: The Addams Family; Chris Pankratz, Director; Flowing Wells High School
    TUCSON BEST DIRECTOR: Jessica Armistead, Director; Rock of Ages; Cienega High School
    TUCSON BEST CREATIVE ELEMENTS: Mary Dickson, Director; Guys and Dolls; Ironwood Ridge High School
    Colton Anderson (Catalina Foothills High School)
    Samara Attridge (Catalina Foothills High School)
    Monica Baricevic (Salpointe Catholic High School)
    Sarah Chico (Marana High School)
    Kelly Coates (Mountain View High School)
    Kaitlyn Fabry (Empire High School)
    Luke Gaff (Desert Christian High School)
    Kyle Horstmann (Mountain View High School)
    Tor Isachsen (Marana High School)
    Elizah Knight (Ironwood Ridge High School)
    Xander Mason (Canyon del Oro High School)
    Matt Milne (Salpointe Catholic High School)
    Danielle Ochoa (Marana High School)
    Katherine Phillips (Ironwood Ridge High School)
    Clarrissa Rodriguez (Tucson High Magnet School)
    Daniel Rosenberg (The Gregory School)
    Madelynn Sizer (Canyon del Oro High School)
    Vaune Suitt (Canyon del Oro High School)
    Andrew Tkachyk (Salpoint Catholic High School)
    Justyn Zeider (Catalina Foothills High School)
    TUCSON BEST ACTOR: Daniel Rosenberg, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Gregory School
    TUCSON BEST ACTRESS: Sarah Chico, Aida, Marana High School
    TUCSON BEST MUSICAL: White Christmas; Dana Milne,Director; Salpointe Catholic High School
    TUCSON BEST DIRECTOR: Carson Wright, Director; Legally Blonde; Catalina Foothills High School
    TUCSON BEST CREATIVE ELEMENTS: Shannon Kerrstetter, Director; Annie; Mountain View High School
    Gino Cocchi (Tucson High Magnet School)
    Quinn Corrigan (Catalina Foothills High School)
    Sophia Crawley (Tucson High Magnet School)
    Manuel D’Auria (Rincon University High School)
    Maya Encila (Gregory School)
    Kaitlyn Fabry (Empire High School)
    Connor Griffin (Empire High School)
    David Grijalva (Tucson High Magnet School)
    Clarissa Rodriguez (Tucson High Magnet School)
    Daniel Rosenberg (The Gregory School)
    Savannah Runge (Catalina Foothills High School)
    REGIONAL BEST ACTOR AND SPIRIT OF BEN VEREEN AWARD: Gino Cocchi
    TUCSON BEST ACTOR: Daniel Rosenberg, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Gregory School
    TUCSON BEST ACTRESS: Clarrissa Rodriguez, Young Frankenstein, Tucson High Magnet School
    AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: David Grijalva, Young Frankenstein, Tucson High Magnet School
    TUCSON BEST MUSICAL: Richard Gremel, Urinetown, Empire High School
    TUCSON BEST DIRECTOR: Art Almquist, Young Frankenstein, Tucson High Magnet School
    TUCSON BEST CREATIVE ELEMENTS: Terry Erbe and Norm Testa, The Addams Family, Catalina Foothills High School
    Rafael Acuna (Mountain View High School
    Brianna Barnhart (Mountain View High School)
    Jessica Blackburn (Empire High School)
    Connor Griffin (Empire High School)
    Matt Milne (Salpointe Catholic High School)
    Elijah Renteria (Catalina Foothills High School
    Lexis Rorrer (Desert Christian High School)
    Savannah Runge (Catalina Foothills High School)
    Eric Yanes (Desert Christian High School)
    REGIONAL BEST ACTOR RUNNER-UP: Eric Yanes
    REGIONAL SPIRIT OF BEN VEREEN AWARD WINNER: Brianna Barnhart
    TUCSON BEST ACTOR: Eric Yanes, Javert, Les Miserables, Desert Christian High School
    TUCSON BEST ACTRESS: Megan Gleason, Fantine, Les Miserables, Desert Christian High School
    TUCSON BEST MUSICAL: 13, presented by Salpointe High School
    TUCSON BEST DIRECTOR: Dana Milne, 13, Salpointe High School
    TUCSON BEST CREATIVE ELEMENTS: Terry Erbe and Norm Testa, Chicago, Catalina Foothills High School