28 Local High Schools To Appear at the 2016 Nominations Announcement for the Third Annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theater Awards

February 18, 2016 AUSTIN, TX— Five, Six, Seven, Eight! Hold your breath and get Twitter ready- nominations for the third annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards will be announced at an exclusive event on Friday, March 4th, in the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre. Join 28 local high schools as representatives from the Long Center, ZACH Theatre, and the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Fine Arts announce this year’s GAHSMTA nominees. RSVP here.

On the morning of March 4th, students from 28 participating Austin-area schools will be on hand to cheer their nominees, in addition to a performance by the awards’ own Select Ensemble. Nominees will then return to the Long Center on April 13th, for the amazing Tony-Awards style production, where the winners will be announced!

The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards is an educational program of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. When making your Amplify Austin donation, simply specify that you want your donation to benefit the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards, and help over 2,000 students pursue their passion of musical theatre. These awards also create greater visibility for high school arts programs, build community between schools and students, and celebrate the excellent work of student artists and teachers alike. Furthermore, GAHSMTA provides ten scholarships for college-bound students, five scholarships for high school theatre programs, and training scholarships valued at $15,000.

Debuting in April 2014 in Dell Hall with nearly 400 onstage participants, the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards return this April, growing from 19 to 28 participating high schools. Funded by generous sponsors, and the result of collaboration between the Long Center, ZACH Theatre and The University of Texas College of Fine Arts, the third annual nominations event is but a glimpse of the excitement, talent, and future success of greater Austin high school musical theatre students.

Since September 2015, a panel of judges attended shows produced by each of the 28 participating schools. More than 1,500 students were involved in the various productions. Students from each participating school are expected to attend the nominations announcement.

Students, staff, and sponsors will be on hand to cheer on their peers and celebrate the musical theatre event that continues to bring our community together.

About the Show              

First debuted in April 2014, the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards has grown from 19 participating high schools to 26. The upcoming April 14th awards ceremony will feature a variety of performances from the nominated casts, a medley showcasing lead actors and actresses; musical numbers performed by lead, supporting and featured actors; a finale including a male and female from each participating school; a select ensemble chosen through audition; and performances from each of the eight Outstanding Musical nominees throughout the event.

The event will be held in Michael and Susan Dell Hall on the Meredith Family Stage of the Joe R and Theresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. Of the 26 schools and over 2,000 local students competing, nearly 500 of those students will perform live onstage at the ceremony.  The three-hour event will acknowledge outstanding student achievements in 15 categories, ranging from set design and musical direction to acting and production. Students and schools are encouraged to work from a list of pre-approved musicals to be considered for nomination.

The 2016 Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards is made possible by Carolyn and Marc Seriff, Deanna and Jeff Serra, scholarship sponsor Wells Fargo, Carolyn Lewis, Camille and Clay Cipione, IATSE Local 205, Stage Alliance, and media partner KXAN.

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