Imagine Austin’s version of the Tony Awards. Every year, the Long Center brings together over thirty schools from our community to shine the spotlight on the hard work of thousands of students and teachers involved in arts education.
Throughout the academic year, participating high school productions in the Greater Austin area will vie for a coveted award as selected by a panel of arts professionals culminating in a Tony Awards-style ceremony to be held at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
In a spectacular evening of celebration, more than 500 high schoolers will take to the Long Center’s Dell Hall stage to perform in front of a sold out audience and share over $35,000 in awards, scholarships, and grants.
NEWS & IMPORTANT DATES
- Select Ensemble Auditions are Saturday, October 6.
- The Award Ceremony will be the evening of Wednesday, April 17. Tickets will be posted when they are available this spring.
- See the official GAHSMTA Calendar for more upcoming dates.
THE AWARDS CEREMONY
The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony will celebrate the outstanding achievements of high school teachers and students with a combination of school performances, multi-school student performances, beautiful glass trophies, college scholarships, and program grants. Students will experience the thrill of performing on a state-of-the-art stage in a professional venue. The Long Center and its partners are proud to showcase the talent and dedication of our local high school musical theatre students as they perform for the community at large.
Join us at the Long Center to recognize the hard work of students and teachers and to celebrate the importance of musical theatre and arts education within our community.
THE SELECT ENSEMBLE
This prestigious group of students will be chosen by audition only. The Select Ensemble will perform throughout the evening, as well as participating in exclusive opening and closing numbers designed specifically for the awards show.
2018-2019 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
Akins High School Chicago
Austin High School Urinetown
Bastrop High School The Addams Family
Brentwood Christian School The Music Man
Cedar Creek Once on This Island
Cedar Park Legally Blonde
Cedar Ridge Thoroughly Modern Millie
Crockett High School DISASTER!
Del Valle Seussical
Dripping Springs Little Shop of Horrors
East View Newsies
Elgin High School Once on This Island
Georgetown High School The Addams Family
Hendrickson High School (TBD)
Hutto High School Willy Wonka
Jack C. Hays Happy Days
Katherine Ann Porter The Gift of the Magi
LASA/LBJ Sweeney Todd
Lanier High School Little Mermaid
Leander High School Thoroughly Modern Millie
Lehman Be More Chill
Liberty Hill Once Upon a Mattress
Manor High School 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Marble Falls Newsies
McNeil High School Zombie Prom
McCallum Fine Arts Academy 42nd Street
Round Rock High School Kiss Me Kate
Rouse Bring it On
St. Andrew’s Jesus Christ Superstar
Tom Glenn Beauty and the Beast
Weiss High School Annie
Westwood Legally Blonde
Vista Ridge Mama Mia!
If life is measured by the moments that take your breath away, then April 17, 2014—the date of the very first Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards—will forever stand out as unforgettable. Since then hundreds of young lives are impacted by this program every year, and everyone who participates shares in the joy of watching students unlock talents and pursue their passion.Each class becomes its own community, a group of students and volunteers dedicated to supporting each other and the values of musical theatre. Friendships develop across schools and districts with everyone cheering on their counterparts—and that’s what the GAHSMTAs is all about.
From curtain call to the confetti closer, each Awards Show is filled with hundreds of moments that take our breath away. Take a look at award recipients and nominations from previous years, or check out the official GAHSMTA Facebook page for past photos and videos.
We are looking for able-bodied volunteers to help assemble swag bags, take pictures, or help with crowd control during this awesome awards ceremony. All volunteers must be 18 or over.