National Jimmy Awards


We're proud to participate in the Broadway League's National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. Each year, two outstanding student performers (one lead actor and one lead actress) are nominated to join top students from across the country for a week of private coaching with University faculty, master classes with Broadway professionals and rehearsals in preparation for a special performance. All travel, accommodation and food costs will be paid for by O-pa.  National nominees are determined through an audition process. 

This year, the National High School Musical Theatre Awards will be held in New York City from Friday, June 14, 2024 - Tuesday, June 25, 2024. 


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Students in grades 9-12 playing qualified lead roles in their adjudicated 2023/2024 NTA musicals are eligible to apply. Qualified lead roles are determined by the Broadway League. See the 2023/2024 list of qualified lead roles here:  23/24 Qualifying Shows and Roles List



Applications are now open. Eligible students should submit an online application by Monday, April 1, 2024. To complete the application, please be prepared to submit the following items:

  • One-page resume
  • Headshot photo
  • Audition video 1: Perform a solo (32-bar cut) from the qualified lead role you played in your adjudicated 2023/2024 high school musical
  • Audition video 2: Perform a solo (32-bar cut) of a musical theater ballad OR musical theater up-tempo piece of your choice
  • Music: Attach the piano/vocal score for the full song (not just the 32-bar cut) featured in both videos. If the qualifying lead role you played performs more than one solo in the musical, please attach all other piano/vocal scores for those songs. If you are invited to the live callback audition, please be prepared to sing one or both songs submitted.

Please note! Videos should showcase your audition abilities. Do NOT submit video from a fully staged or costumed production.



The Nationals Callback Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, April 28, 2024 at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

The callback will include vocal auditions, an opportunity to workshop with Broadway Artist, Q. Smith, a dance call, where students will learn a short piece of choreography to perform, and interviews. O-pa will hire a professional accompanist – please bring hardcopies of your sheet music with cuts clearly marked.


Callbacks and other details will be announced in April 2024.  


Contact Taylor Wyatt, Education Manager, at or 402.661.8559.