Announcement

The Long Center is more than just an iconic Austin landmark; it is a showplace for our community’s artistic excellence and commitment to culture. Learn more about our impressive performance spaces and venues.

The HAYAs are back, April 14th!

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The Heller Awards for Young Artists are back in business with a live, in-person show! The Tony Awards-style event takes place April 14th at 7:30pm – grab tickets here.

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About the Awards

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE

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 at the Heller Awards for Young Artists.

For the past 8 years, the program has evaluated school musicals in 15 categories, presenting the nominees at a March event and concluding with a Tony-Award style red carpet ceremony in April. Interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 HAYA ceremony creatively pivoted to a virtual show, still highlighting the hard work of Austin’s schools, educators, and students. 

2021 Impact
12 Workshops Conducted
60 Teachers Engaged
31 Participating Schools
4500 Students Impacted
Over 125 Digital Entries

Participating Schools

Support these performances and gear up for Awards season!

AKINS
Freaky Friday JAN 13-15

BASTROP
Legally Blonde NOV 11-13

BRENTWOOD
Newsies FEB 3-5

CEDAR CREEK
Shrek the Musical OCT 28-30

CEDAR PARK
Something Rotten! JAN 21-23

CEDAR RIDGE
Footloose JAN 26-29

DAVID CROCKETT
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown FEB 11-13

DEL VALLE
Grease NOV 11-13

DRIPPING SPRINGS
Chicago (HS Edition) DEC 2-4

EAST VIEW
A Chorus Line JAN 27-29

ELGIN
A Year With Frog and Toad JAN 21-23

GEORGETOWN
Amelie (HS Edition) JAN 27-29

HENDRICKSON
Once on This Island JAN 27-29

HUTTO
Grease DEC 3 – 5

JACK C. HAYS
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder DEC 3 – 12

LAGO VISTA
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee NOV 11-14

LASA
Beauty and the Beast FEB 10-13

LEANDER
Amelie JAN 20-23

LEHMAN
The Lightning Thief DEC 3-12

MARBLE FALLS
Chaplin JAN 15-16

MCCALLUM
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat JAN 27 – FEB 6

NYOS
Les Miserables FEB 11-12

PFLUGERVILLE
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee JAN 27-29

ROUND ROCK
The Wizard of Oz JAN 12-15

ROUSE
The Hunchback of Notre Dame JAN 27-29

ST. ANDREW’S
The Little Mermaid NOV 10-14

SAN MARCOS
Rent JAN 20-22

STONY POINT
Matilda the Musical JAN 27-29

TOM GLENN
SpongeBob SquarePants JAN 14-22

VISTA RIDGE
Legally Blonde JAN 20-22

WEISS
Freaky Friday DEC 9-11

WESWTOOD
Anything Goes JAN 13-15

Award Categories

Save the Date! 2022 Awards Ceremony takes place Thursday, April 14

With 18 categories this year (that’s 3 new awards!), these Awards aim to honor the entire high school musical experience from start to finish, including all the hard work in between from the front of the house to the back.

Best Lead – Male Category
Best Lead – Female Category
Best Supporting – Male Category
Best Supporting – Female Category
Featured Performer
Ensemble
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Choreography

Musical Direction
Orchestra
Technical Crew
Direction
Production

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Design
Stage Management
Marketing & Publicity

Want to support this program and be a part of all the action?
Learn more about the HAYA Creative Team
Dell Hall
Rollins Studio Theatre

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Select ensemble

Learn about this audition-only ensemble where students from across the area benefit from free training, community building, and performance opportunities. Submissions are due by November 22nd!

the haya creative team

Learn more about the Greater Austin creatives who put together this year-long program and make the Awards Ceremony simply magical.

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