Each month, the HAYAs will facilitate virtual meetings for middle and high school arts educators to brainstorm, share resources and concerns, and generally socialize with each other. These meetings will be organized in a way to support all educators through a year of great change.
GUEST LECTURES FOR EDUCATORS
Each month, from October through December, middle & high school educators will be invited to a Guest Lecture by teachers and/or industry experts in topics that may include: Zoom for performance, recording and editing from home, directing over Zoom, etc.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS
Any middle school that produces a musical in any form during the 2020-21 school year is eligible to submit one to five minutes of video for inclusion in our new middle school social media highlights. Submission deadline is March 23, 2021.
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NATIONAL RECOGNITION Broadway veterans and current stars send video shout outs to our awards. Playbill’s Tyler Mount hosted the event in 2018 & 2019. Presenters in 2020 included: Laura Benanti, Rachel Chavkin, Jonathan Groff, Rachel Hauck, Bob Mackie, Laura Osnes, Justin Paul, Stephen Schwartz, and Susan Stroman.
RAISING THE BAR The HAYAs, and programs like it, elevate musical theatre training and performance in their respective communities to compete on-level with the best the country has to offer from its young performers.
BUILDING COMMUNITY Over the years students build lasting friendships and enjoy supporting each other by attending other schools’ musicals. Growing and connecting the community of arts participants has become a cornerstone of the program.
ADMINISTRATIVE AWARENESS & SUPPORT Since the HAYAs began several schools have begun to do annual musicals. Others have received additional funding and/or staffing to support increased student participation. Schools have mentioned an increase in audience size and some schools have noticed more parental support alongside holistic program growth.
PHYSICAL AWARDS An engraved trophy will be presented to the winner of each award category.
PERFORM FOR THOUSAND OF FANS – EITHER ON THE LONG CENTER STAGE or ON A STREAMING PLATFORM
The HAYA Ceremony will either be held in Dell Hall at The Long Center for the Performing Arts or streamed virtually. Select students from each participating school perform in the ceremony whether it’s in-person or streamed.
Finalists for Solo Musical Theatre Category.
The Select Ensemble (based on auditions)
The closing number includes 2 students from each participating school. Students are chosen by the director to perform in a finale created for the HAYAs.
WORKSHOPS/MASTER CLASSES As part of the support the Long Center is providing this year, a team of professional artists will offer workshops and group classes focused around producing virtual theatre during COVID-19. Classes will focus around various elements of video editing, virtual rehearsal, live virtual theatre, and more. These programs are free of charge for students and educators participating in the awards.