Dazzle Awards 2021

Recognizing the importance of musical theater and arts education in Northeast Ohio high schools, Playhouse Square proudly has hosted the Dazzle Awards presented by Pat and John Chapman since 2015. Although COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 awards ceremony, Playhouse Square held a virtual event on June 1, 2021.


Throughout the 2020-21 program, Playhouse Square offered students of participating schools 12 master classes and three panel discussions with Broadway professionals and three audition workshops, all online. The culminating awards ceremony was a live virtual broadcast. Students representing participating schools performed in virtual choruses of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from HAIRSPRAY and “Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)” from THE WIZ, while the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees performed medleys of songs from their roles.

Not every participating school was able to produce a full musical, so out of the 15 typical award categories, only the Best Actor and Best Actress Dazzle Awards were given this year

2021 Dazzle Award Recipients

Best Actor

Wilson Ha
Hawken School
Watch an interview with Wilson

Best Actress

Lauren Claxton
Wadsworth High School
Watch an interview with Lauren

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