The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards 2014 - At the Long Center photogrpahed by James Goulden

Honoring Excellence. Building Confidence. Launching Careers.

Welcome and thank you for choosing to compete in the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards!

Guidelines and Procedures Please read the 2015-2016 Guidelines & Procedures to learn everything that’s required of participating schools.

GAHSMTA Program Ads will be available for 2015-2016. Choose which format best suits your program needs. Please be sure to put one of these options in your show program.

DVD Requirements for 2015-16. See details here.

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Physical Awards – An engraved trophy will be presented to the winner of each award category. Students who win individual awards will receive personal trophies. Schools represented by individual student winners will receive duplicate trophies as well as school trophies won for production or group categories.

Perform live on stage at the Long Center – The Second Annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony will be held in Dell Hall at The Long Center for the Performing Arts. Select students from each participating school perform in the ceremony. Each school nominated for Best Musical will perform a fully orchestrated number. All nominees for Best Lead Actor and Actress perform a medley using songs from their respective roles. Opening and closing numbers will incorporate students from all participating schools as well as individual award nominees.

Clinics – The GAHSMTA Choreographer and Musical Director visit each school nominated for Best Production to conduct a clinic, preparing the students for their performance on the Dell stage.

School Program Grants (funded by Wells Fargo) – As part of our dedication to supporting the growth of arts-in-education, $10,000 will be distributed to participating GAHSMTA schools as determined by an application review. In 2015, five schools each received $2,000.

College Scholarships (funded by Wells Fargo) – The college scholarship program offers a total of $10,000 annually to students after an extensive application process. Two students from each GAHSMTA school are selected by their directors. Made up of community leaders, the Scholarship Committee thoroughly reviews the applications and award recipients are announced during the GAHSMTA Ceremony.

Training Scholarships – In our commitment to furthering young talent in their professional development, program participation scholarships are awarded from a number of training institutions. In 2014 and 2015, scholarships were awarded from The University of Texas, Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, ZACH Theatre Pre-Professional Program, and the Long Center’s Texas Arts Project.

Written Evaluations – Comments and evaluations by adjudicators will be compiled and sent to each participating school after the awards ceremony. Similar programs have reported that these evaluations increased administrative support for specific departmental needs.

Workshops, Master Classes, Meet the Artist – Special events may be scheduled throughout the year for participating schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?
All high schools in Travis, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson Counties are eligible to participate. Only one musical per school may be adjudicated and it must be presented between September 18, 2015 and February 26, 2016.

What’s the cost for schools and individuals?
There’s no cost to participate in the competition. Tickets for the Awards Ceremony must be purchased by each attendee. Each participating school will receive 2 complimentary tickets.

Who adjudicates the competition?
A panel of qualified arts professionals are recruited annually. All adjudicators will attend an extensive orientation to learn about the program and the evaluation process.

What are the award categories?
There will be 15 categories:

  • Best Actor in a Lead Role
  • Best Actress in a Lead Role
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Featured Performer
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Scenic Design
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Lighting Design
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Musical Direction
  • Best Orchestra
  • Best Technical Execution
  • Best Direction
  • Best Production

What’s expected of a participating school?

  • Designate a primary teacher contact and two (2) student liaisons
  • Submit completed forms as they come due
  • Designate two (2) students to perform in the finale
  • Produce a full-length musical within the designated time period
  • Arrange for complimentary tickets for adjudicators
  • Submit an archival DVD, a 10-minute reel, a copy of the playbill and show poster, and a group photo within a week after closing performance.
  • Submit photos of nominees
  • Submit orchestral scores for nominated categories

For a more detailed look at these expectations, please see the official Guidelines and Procedures.

What if I have additional questions?
If you have any questions about the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards that were not covered in this FAQ, download and read this years copy of the Guidelines & Procedures.

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The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards are presented by the Long Center for the Performing Arts with the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts and ZACH Theatre, in partnership with the Austin Aztex, Scholarship Sponsor Wells Fargo, Founding Sponsors Carolyn and Marc Seriff, and Media Partner KXAN.