National Finalists


We're proud to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre 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 NYU Tisch faculty, master classes with Broadway professionals and rehearsals in preparation for a special performance at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway. National nominees are determined through an audition process.

Learn more at jimmyawards.com.

Students in grades 9-12 playing qualified lead roles in their adjudicated 2020/2021 NHSTA musicals are eligible to apply. Qualified lead roles are determined by the Broadway League. See the 2020/2021 list of qualified lead roles here:  2019-2020 Nationals Qualifying Lead Roles


Applications will be accepted starting in late-January 2021. Eligible students should submit an online application by Friday, March 26, 2021. To complete the application, please be prepared to submit the following items:

  • One-page resume
  • Headshot photo
  • Audition video No. 1: Perform a solo (32-bar cut) from the qualified lead role you played in your adjudicated 2020/2021 high school musical 
  • Audition video No. 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 video #1.  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 attend the live callback audition, please be prepared to sing any solo that your lead role performed in your school's musical.

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 Saturday, April 17, 2021 at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Contact Taylor Wyatt, Education Coordinator, at twyatt@o-pa.org or 402-661-8559.