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 Best Actor and Best Actress winners will represent Playhouse Square and Northeast Ohio at The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (the Jimmy Awards®) in New York City.
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. The depth, scope, and education-centric mission of NHSMTA coupled with its extensive television and media exposure has made participating in the program an aspiration for a growing number of high schools. Based on feedback from participating theatres, school administrators are now directing both human and financial resources to improve the quality of theatre arts education in their districts. This renewed enthusiasm for the performing arts in schools is already helping to invigorate local theatres and the communities they serve. NHSMTA week takes place annually in June in New York City. The Jimmy Awards are presented on Broadway at a Nederlander theatre.
Please review the link below for additional information regarding the NHSMTA® qualifying musicals and roles.