Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m
The Nebraska High School Theater Academy celebrates the outstanding achievements of participating high schools and middle schools with awards for top performers, excellence behind the scenes and more during the annual Tony Awards® style Showcase event presented by Omaha Performing Arts.
At the showcase, participating schools and students the opportunity to win awards for artistic excellence in several categories. All award winners will receive trophies/special recognition live onstage at the Orpheum Theater! Select winners are also invited perform as a part of that evening’s program. This season’s award categories include:
Learn more about each award below.
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTION
Up to 10 high school musical theater productions and up to 2 middle school musical theater productions will be recognized in this award category. Winners will be determined by aa formal adjudication process. High schools receiving awards for Outstanding Musical Theater Production will be invited to perform up to a 5-minute number from their award-winning musical at the Showcase.
Schools will need to submit the piano/vocal scores of their top 3 song choices to potentially perform at the Showcase no later than 2 weeks after being adjudicated. Submit scores to NHSTA@O-pa.org.
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Up to 10 high school musical theater ensembles and up to 2 middle school musical theater ensembles will be recognized as winners in this award category. Winners will be determined by a formal adjudication process.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEAD ROLE
Up to 20 high school students (10 actors and 10 actresses) will be recognized as winners in this award category. Winners will be determined by a formal adjudication process. Student winners in this category are invited to perform in a special musical number at the showcase.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Up to 20 high school students (10 actors and 10 actresses) will be recognized as winners in this award category. Winners will be determined by a formal adjudication process.
BACKSTAGE EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Backstage Excellence Award honors one group of students for demonstrating teamwork, professionalism and a commitment to excellence behind-the-scenes. Student run crews, costume crews, set construction crews, stagehands or any group of students in grades 7-12 who have dedicated time in a backstage capacity are eligible. Teachers are responsible for nominating students for the Backstage Excellence Award.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN STAGE MANAGEMENT
The award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management honors students who demonstrate professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in stage management. Student stage managers or assistant stage managers in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DESIGN
The award for Outstanding Achievement in Design honors students in grades 7-12 who demonstrate artistry, skill and a commitment to excellence in costume, hair/makeup. props, scenic, sound or lighting design. Winners will be determined through an application process. Students in grades 7-12 may submit multiple applications in different design categories (e.g. one application for a costume design and another application for a scenic design). Each application should focus on one design project or concept.
OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD
The Outstanding Educator Award honors teachers for their outstanding achievements in performing arts education. The awards will recognize middle school and high school educators who embody the highest standards in performing arts education and demonstrate a positive impact on the lives of students. Current or past students, fellow educators, school administrators, parents, or community members may nominate teachers for this award.
SENIOR OF THE YEAR
The senior of the Year Award honors one senior for their outstanding achievements in performing arts throughout high school. The award will recognize a student who embodies the highest standards of leadership within their school and demonstrates a positive impact on the lives of their fellow peers and teachers. Educators, fellow students, school administrators, parents or community members may nominate students for this award.
JIMMY AWARDS NATIONAL FINALISTS AND NOMINEES
Each year, the Nebraska High School Theater Academy nominates 2 high school students (1 actor and 1 actress) to compete with other top musical theatre students from across the nation at the 2022 National High School Musical Theatre Awards in NYC. Students are selected through an online application and audition process. Up to 14 students (7 actors and 7 actresses) will be selected as National Finalists – this group of top students will be invited to perform a solo from their lead role in a special medley at the NHSTA Showcase. The 2 national nominees will be announced live onstage at the showcase.
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JIMMY AWARDS STUDENT REPORTER
Each year, the Jimmy Awards invites select Student Reporters from participating Regional Awards Programs to cover Jimmy Awards events through social media on both the official Jimmy Awards channels and the student’s personal channels. The Student Reporter opportunity has been added to the program as an effort to include students who are not eligible to be nominated as performers. This provides a chance to expand connections into local schools’ journalism, film, and other related departments. Student Reporters work directly with the Jimmy Awards Digital team which allows them to receive an insider look at the digital marketing strategy of Jimmy Awards coverage while gaining insight into the field as a whole.
Selected Student Reporters will also cover the Nebraska High School Theater Academy Showcase week and events through social media.
HOW TO APPLY: Create a video up to 3 minutes in length showing or describing how you would uniquely cover the Jimmy Awards on social media, as well as promoting tuning into a live stream performance or attending in-person. The video should be minimally edited and should include at least one unedited segment of at least one minute in length with the applicant speaking directly to the camera. We want to see your personality shine in this video! Think of it as hosting a version of "MTV Cribs" or an audition video to be on a non-performance reality show. Send the following to NHSTA@O-pa.org by Friday, April 15, 2022:
The winner will be notified in early-May 2022. Want an example of a great application video? Check out award-winning student reporter, Hannah Kate-Kinney’s video here!
NHSTA SPIRIT AWARD
Each year 1 student from the Showcase Ensemble will receive this special award for demonstrating professionalism, teamwork and going above and beyond during the NHSTA Showcase rehearsal process.
Showcase Performance Opportunities
Each school is invited to select 1-2 students to join the 2021/2022 Showcase Ensemble and perform in the opening and/or closing number at the showcase with our Broadway guest artist/host. Teachers are responsible for selecting students to participate in the Showcase Ensemble. Please complete the form below with selected student information by Monday, April 11, 2022. This opportunity is not connected to awards and gives ALL participating schools a chance to shine!
Outstanding Musical Theater Production
If your high school is awarded for "Outstanding Musical Production," your students have the opportunity of performing on the Orpheum Theater stage during the NHSTA Showcase! All high schools that would like to be considered for this award must send their top two song selections to NHSTA@O-pa.org no later than two weeks after your production closes.
Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role
If you are awarded for "Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role," you will have the opportunity to perform with your peers and our Broadway guest artist/host on the Orpheum Theater stage during the NHSTA Showcase!
Showcase rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to run Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - Saturday, June 4, 2022 with an afternoon dress rehearsal and evening performance time (7:30pm) on Sunday, June 5, 2022. The showcase performance and rehearsals will take place at the Holland Performing Arts Center and the Orpheum Theater. Meals will be provided throughout the rehearsal and performance period. A detailed rehearsal schedule with specific call times will be provided in spring 2022.
Housing, Meals and Transportation
Because of the intensive rehearsal schedule, O-pa will provide students performing as a part of the Showcase Ensemble, National Finalists, winners of Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role and Student Reporter with free housing the evenings of May 31-June 4, 2022. Students will be staying in the dormitories at Creighton University. O-pa will hire experienced chaperones to stay with students in the dorms and accompany them to/from rehearsals each day. O-pa will also provide students and chaperones with transportation to/from rehearsals each day. Students who elect to stay in the dorms must adhere to Omaha Performing Arts Code of Conduct and complete a Housing Release Form. These documents will be provided in spring 2022. The deadline to submit housing information for National Finalists, Lead Ensemble students and Student Reporter is Friday, May 13, 2022.
Students performing as a part of the Showcase Ensemble, National Finalists, Student Reporter and winners of Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role will receive free lunch and dinner between rehearsals May 31-June 5, 2022. Free dinner will be provided to all performers and award recipients who attend the dress rehearsal on June 5, 2022. Students staying in the dorms will also receive free breakfast each morning. The deadline to submit dietary restrictions/food allergy information is Monday, May 16, 2022.
Metered parking is available throughout the Omaha Downtown/Old Market area for students transporting themselves to rehearsals.
NHSTA Showcase Important Dates and Deadlines
Please note that all dates are subject to change