Dazzle Awards presented by Patricia and John Chapman

The Dazzle Awards presented by Patricia and John Chapman aim to inspire and honor excellence in high school musical theater, and to 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].

Program Information and Applications

The application period for the 2017/18 Dazzle Awards program is now closed. This year’s participating schools will be announced on Monday, September 25, 2017.

Learn about the 2017 Dazzle Awards Production Team here.

National High School Musical Theatre Awards

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) was established in 2009 to elevate the importance of theater arts education in schools and reward excellence in student performance. The program impacts over 50,000 students annually who participate in high school musical theater competitions sponsored by thirty professional theaters throughout the US. 

The winner of the Playhouse Square Best Actress and Best Actor awards will go on to represent Playhouse Square and Northeast Ohio at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA, known as The Jimmy Awards) in June, 2018. The winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York City where they will receive professional instruction and compete with students from other regional programs for the title of Best National High School Actress and Best National High School Actor. 

To be eligible to participate in The Jimmy Awards, the regional Best Actress and Best Actor winners must have played a NHSMTA-recognized leading role in their school’s production. For this reason, only students playing a NHSMTA-recognized leading role in their school’s production will be eligible for a Best Actress and/or Best Actor nomination. 

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

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