Arts in Austin: 10 Things We Learned at the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards

April 14th, 2015 marked the Second Annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Long Center- and we learned that Austin students are hella talented. But among the showstopping performances, the ear-deafening cheers, and the moving videos and speeches, we learned a few other things, as well…

10. There’s no wrong way to pronounce GAHSMTA. But there’s a lot of really awkward ways to pronounce it.

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9. Theatre kids will, at any time, shriek and fangirl when Kristen Chenoweth appears on screen. Even if she adorably butchers the name of the awards ceremony.

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8. When in doubt, close with “One Singular Sensation” from A Chorus Line. Show. Stopper.

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7. Never underestimate the power of the spirit fingers.

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6. It’s hard to top the love that musical theatre kids have for their directors- and/or Ginger Morris.

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5. There’s no quicker way to get teenagers’ attention than to put out a photo booth. And pizza.

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4. We may not be able to get #GAHSMTA trending on Twitter, but we can get prettttty darn close.

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3. Need a round of applause or a deafening cheer? Mention any one of the 26 participating high schools.

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2. Put out a red carpet and a photographer and see hundreds of teenagers change from t-shirts and jeans to black tie formal wear in seconds.

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1. Everyone started somewhere- and the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards are where hundreds of future Tony award winners did it.

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Honorable Mention: You can always count on Broadway stars for moral (and social media) support.

Picture4Follow @GAHSMTA on Twitter and “like” on Facebook to keep the musical theatre education going strong (and see some pretty awesome photos).

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