“I was blown away by the talent pool of young actors in Texas!
This program is a strong stepping stone that shines a light on our future stars.
DSM is pretty much the Super Bowl for for Texas Musical Theatre.”
-Zach Woodlee, Choreographer (Glee, Hairspray, Step Up)
“DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards have done an incredible job of encouraging support for the theater arts, building bridges between communities, creating opportunities and helping theater kids feel like the stars they are in a dazzling annual show that honors teachers and parents as well.”
-Nancy Churnin, The Dallas Morning News
“The level of commitment by Dallas Summer Musicals to support and showcase the extraordinary talents of high schoolers is unmatched. They are helping dreams come true for young people who aspire to have a career in the arts. It’s amazing to witness first hand.”
-Ron Corning, News Anchor for WFAA-TV
Dallas Summer Musicals is a nonprofit organization committed to education, which led us to begin the awards program patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards®. DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards brings stars, community celebrities, show business veterans and Dallas leaders together for an evening of celebration.
We put the spotlight on the educational achievements of high school students and their high school musical theatre programs. Nominees arrive on the red carpet before entering the Music Hall at Fair Park. The award show begins with our opening number featuring students nominated for Best Actor & Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, and Best Featured Actor & Actress. The show ends with 2 representatives from each participating high school together on stage. Between the opening downbeat and the final curtain, we present 16 awards and 8 Best Musical Nominee performances. In addition, we award several university scholarships to outstanding high school seniors. The energy and excitement in the Largest Theater in Big “D,” the Music Hall at Fair Park, is thrilling!!!
In five years, DSM HSMTA has become the second largest program in the country! We have grown from 33 high schools to 67 high schools presenting 70 productions. Each school’s performance is evaluated by a panel of judges, who are working professionals in the arts, entertainment, acting, music, dance, theatre education, arts administration, talent management and production design. Ballots are tabulated by the accounting firm of Grant Thornton LLP, and the top scoring schools in each category are nominated. Awards are given to: Best Actor & Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, Best Featured Actor & Actress, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Ensemble, Best Orchestra, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Crew and Best Musical. In addition, several cash scholarships will be presented this year to outstanding students nominated by their teachers.
The Best Actor & Actress winners receive an all-expense paid five-day trip to New York City. They perform on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre, where they represent DSM HSMTA in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Nederlander Awards) for a chance to win prizes and scholarships.
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The objective of the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards program is to create visibility for high school arts programs and generate an event that builds community while celebrating excellent work by teachers and students.
WHAT ARE JUDGES EVALUATING?
How well you are meeting or exceeding your potential. Judges are not competing schools against each other, but rather are challenging schools to create the best possible work they can in their unique circumstances.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN, EXACTLY?
As an example, assume that School A is producing their first musical, has a $500 budget, and one teacher is doing everything. Also assume that School B has done musicals for years, has a budget of $10,000, and tremendous support from the school and the principal. If School A makes really good choices in terms of the show, the casting, and the design plus creates a strong theatrical experience, their production will more than likely be scored high because the judges perceive that they are meeting or exceeding their fullest potential. If School B has bigger, flashier sets and costumes, strong singers, and a full orchestra it could still score lower than School A, if the judges do not perceive that School B is meeting or exceeding its fullest potential. If comparing the two schools to each other, some audience members may have an opinion that the work by School B is “better” than School A, but judges are charged to not compare schools. Rather, they assess a production’s overall quality as it pertains each individual school’s ability to do their best work possible.
Please Note: All judges must be fluent in Microsoft Word and have an e-mail address to receive communications and submit performance reports as attachments. Only applicants with computer literacy and internet access will be considered.
All tabulations are tallied for Dallas Summer Musicals by the independent accounting firm of Grant-Thornton, LLC.