AUSTIN (KXAN) - The bright lights of Broadway may still be in the distance, but for the first in time in Central Texas, hundreds of area high school theater students will be competing for the region's top awards.
The Long Center, University of Texas and ZACH Theatre will host the 1st annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards on April 17, 2014. It marks the first time the three groups have collaborated on the same project.
Students from 20 local schools in Austin and the six contiguous counties will be competing for 15 awards.
The National High School Musical Theatre Awards have recognized students across the nation since 2009 for their time and talent in high school productions. 2014 will be Austin’s first year to hold such an event. In 2015, Austin will be eligible to participate in the NHSMTA in New York.
The April 17 award ceremony will feature a variety of performances from the nominees.
In 2013, the GAHSMTA was created to recognize students on a local level. Ultimately, the goal of GAHSMTA is to have students recognized at the national level starting in 2015.
GAHSMTA are open to all public and private high schools in Travis, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays and Williamson Counties. Only one musical and one cast per school are eligible to compete, and the performance must take place between Thursday, September 19, 2013 and Sunday, March 2, 2014.
Categories will include:
• Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role
• Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role
• Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role
• Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role
• Outstanding Featured Actor or Actress
• Outstanding Ensemble/Chorus
• Outstanding Scenic Design
• Outstanding Costume Design
• Outstanding Lighting Design
• Outstanding Choreography
• Outstanding Musical Direction
• Outstanding Orchestra
• Outstanding Crew/Technical Execution
• Outstanding Direction
• Outstanding Production
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