Dazzle Awards presented by Pat and John Chapman

The Dazzle Awards presented by Pat and John Chapman inspire and honor excellence in high school musical theater, and recognize the importance of musical theater and arts education within the Northeast Ohio community. A panel of adjudicators attend one production at each participating school, provide educational feedback on the official evaluation form and determine nominees and awards for participating schools. This regional program culminates at the Connor Palace with the Dazzle Awards, modeled after the Tony Awards®, to recognize outstanding musical theater productions and students. The winners in the Best Actor and Best Actress category will have the opportunity to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards® in New York City.

For additional details and information, please contact Amber McIntyre at [email protected].

2019 Participating Schools 

Akron School for the Arts at Firestone CLC
Aurora High School
Avon Lake High School
Beachwood High School
Bedford High School
Buckeye High School
Chagrin Falls High School
CMSD All-City Musical
Euclid High School
Hawken Upper School
Highland High School
Hudson High School
Lake Ridge Academy
Lutheran West High School
Magnificat High School
Marion L. Steele High School
Mayfield High School
Nordonia High School
Open Door Christian Schools
Orange High School
Padua Franciscan High School
Rocky River High School
Saint Ignatius High School
Saint Joseph Academy
Shaker Heights High School
Solon High School
Thomas W. Harvey High School
Wadsworth High School
Walsh Jesuit High School
Willoughby South High School

Program Information and Applications

The application period for the 2018/19 Dazzle Awards is now closed.

National High School Musical Theatre Awards

NHSMTA®, otherwise known as The National High School Musical Theatre Awards®, was established in 2009 by Pittsburgh CLO and Nederlander Alliances, a division of The Nederlander Organization, to elevate the importance of theatre arts education in schools and reward excellence in student performance. The program impacts over 100,000 students annually who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by forty professional theatres throughout the US. 

Since its inception, the NHSMTA has been the catalyst for more than $2,000,000 in educational scholarships awarded to deserving young performers. Also known as The Jimmy Awards®, named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, this year-round program is administered by The Broadway League Foundation Inc.

The winner of the Dazzle Award Best Actress and Best Actor categories will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York City where they will represent Playhouse Square and Northeast Ohio at The Jimmy Awards® in June.

Please review the link below for additional information regarding the NHSMTA® approved musicals and qualifying leading roles.