Sep 26, 2019

Playhouse Square Announces Participating Schools for 5th Annual Dazzle Awards

33 openings. 33 shows. From Akron, Cleveland and NEOH, a chance for students to show their talents. 

For 33 schools, the journey does not end when the curtain closes on their final school performance. Each May, nearly 200 students representing those schools come together for a week of rehearsals in preparation for an awards ceremony and showcase that celebrates their hard work and dedication, recognizes the importance of high school musical theater programs and honors excellence.

The 33 schools representing seven counties participating in the 5th annual Playhouse Square Dazzle Awards presented by Pat and John Chapman are:

Amherst Marion L. Steele
The Akron School for the Arts at Firestone CLC
Archbishop Hoban High School
Aurora High School
Avon Lake High School
Chagrin Falls High School
CMSD All-City Musical
Euclid High School
Hathaway Brown School
Hawken School
Highland High School
Hudson High School
Independence High School
Lakewood High School
Lutheran High School West
Magnificat High School
Mayfield High School
Midview High School
Nordonia High School
North High School
Open Door Christian Schools
Orange High School
Padua Franciscan High School
Rocky River High School
Saint Joseph Academy
Shaker Heights High School
Solon High School
South High School
St. Vincent – St. Mary High School
Tallmadge High School
Thomas W. Harvey High School
Wadsworth High School
Walsh Jesuit High School

Applications for participation were made available to public and private high schools located in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties. This regional program offers arts education opportunities throughout the school year and culminates with the Dazzle Awards showcase on May 16, 2020. Awards are presented to outstanding musical theater productions and students in 15 categories, including Best Musical, Best Actor/Actress, Best Student Orchestra, Best Costume Design and Best Scenic Design. Nominations and awards are based on the evaluations of an independent panel of adjudicators. 

The Playhouse Square Dazzle Awards program presented by Pat and John Chapman is affiliated with the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (“The Jimmy Awards”) presented by The Broadway League Foundation. The winners of the Best Actor and Actress categories will represent Cleveland at The Jimmy Awards in June 2020.

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