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.
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)
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:
PHASE II (April 21st – May 13th)
Criteria for Determining Top 1-2 Production Group Finalists
Criteria for Determining Best Actor and Best Actress
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.