The 5th Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards

Pearce High School "Singin in the Rain". Photo courtesy of Pearce HS.
Pearce High School “Singin in the Rain”. Photo courtesy of Pearce HS.
Ron Corning. Photo courtesy WFAA
Ron Corning. Photo courtesy WFAA

Channel 8’s Ron Corning comes back as Emcee at this years 5th Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical theater Awards. More than just an Awards presentation, this  is a SHOW patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards. Show business veterans, along with community and national celebrities come together to spotlight the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theatre programs. High schools from all over North Texas participate. Throughout the year, three judges visit each high school and judge the productions in 16 categories: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress.

Each high school’s performance is evaluated by a panel of judges who are all working professionals in the areas of entertainment, arts and theatre education, arts administration, talent management and production design. Ballots are tabulated by the accounting firm of Grant Thornton and the top scoring high schools in each category are nominated as finalists. As in the format of the Nationals, the Best Actor and Best Actress winners will not be decided solely by standings. The nominees will perform the evening before the Awards show for the assembled DSM judges and will be scored at that time. The winners will be revealed the next night at the Awards show at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each will be presented to outstanding participating students. Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress will receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their high school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy TM Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year. To date, DSM has awarded over $100,000 in cash scholarships to outstanding students.

Founding Donors are Leah and Jerry Fullinwider,  DSM President and Managing Director is  Michael A. Jenkins, this years event chair is  John R. Clutts, Honorary Chairs are Holly and Brad Reeves and the Program Manager is Tracy Jordan. This is truly one of my guilty pleasures. My daughter is with the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy and I am on the DSM Board. We wouldn’t miss this for the world and hope you will join us in recognizing the north Texas areas finest in musical theater talent.

Where: The Music Hall at Fair Park 909 1st Ave.

Dallas, Texas 75210


When: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Media Red Carpet photos and interviews 5  pm

VIP reception 6  p.m

show starts 7 pm

Cost: $15-$75

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