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Stay tuned... the HAYAs are celebrating 10 years!

 

The Heller Awards for Young Artists are back in business and celebrating 10 years of excellence in musical theatre. More info is coming soon.

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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 22-23

Support these performances and gear up for Awards season!

BASTROP
Chicago SEP 24 – OCT 1

BRENTWOOD
The Addams Family OCT 13-15

CEDAR CREEK
The Wizard of Oz JAN 6-8

CEDAR PARK
Big Fish JAN 26-28

CEDAR RIDGE
Chicago JAN 12-14

CONNALLY
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown OCT 24-28

DAVID CROCKETT
The Lightning Thief JAN 20-22

DEL VALLE
The Wizard of Oz JAN 6-14

DRIPPING SPRINGS
The Phantom of the Opera NOV 9-12

EAST VIEW
Little Shop of Horrors DEC 2-4

ELGIN
The Wizard of Oz NOV 18-20

GEORGETOWN
Kiss Me, Kate JAN 27-29

HENDRICKSON
Urinetown JAN 26-28

HUTTO
Little Shop of Horrors DEC 2-4

JACK C. HAYS
The Addams Family DEC 2-11

JARRELL
The Little Mermaid DEC 2-4

LAGO VISTA
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas DEC 1-4

LASA
Into the Woods FEB 10-11

LEANDER
Mamma Mia! JAN 26-29

LEHMAN
Curtains DEC 2-10

MANOR
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee NOV 8-9

MARBLE FALLS
The Wizard of Oz JAN 14-15

MCCALLUM
Pippin JAN 26 – FEB 5

NORTHEAST
All Shook Up JAN 26-28

NYOS
Into the Woods DEC 9-10

PFLUGERVILLE
SpongeBob SquarePants JAN 27-29

ROUND ROCK
Anastasia JAN 25-28

ROUSE
Anastasia JAN 26-28

SAN MARCOS
The Little Mermaid JAN 19-22

TOM GLENN
Chicago JAN 12-16

VISTA RIDGE
The Drowsy Chaperone JAN 19-22

WEISS
Mamma Mia! JAN 26-28

WESWTOOD
SpongeBob SquarePants JAN 26-28

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.