Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards Rules and Guidelines

 

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New for 2022: Due to COVID-19, Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards is adopting a hybrid production/audition model for the 2022 program.  Participating schools are encouraged, but not required to produce a full musical. The Student application deadline for 2022 is April 24, 2022 at 11:59 PM.  Students whose schools are producing a full musical should prepare a video of them performing in their musical, as their official audition, as well as a second audition video for additional consideration, from a qualifying song list from The Jimmy Awards® list here (subject to change).  Students whose schools are not producing a full musical, or whose musical falls after the deadline of April 24 should select the Audition Video Option, and students should submit two video auditions, the first video as their official audition, and the second for additional consideration.  All video auditions should be from shows and roles from The Jimmy Awards® list here (subject to change).

Due to COVID-19, no adjudicators will be sent to evaluate any productions for 2022 IHSMTA.

School Rules (Full Musical Option)

  Eligible high schools must be public or private schools within the state of Illinois.
  Schools may only submit an application for one high school musical per school year. The show must be a qualifying show from The Jimmy Awards® list here (subject to change).
  Only students who perform a Jimmy Awards® qualifying role in their school’s musical are eligible to apply.
  Students who perform a qualifying role in their schools musical should submit their student application, approx. 2 weeks following the closing of their production. All Student applications are due by 11:59 PM on April 24, 2022.
  Directors must communicate to the students in the cast/ crew that their show is participating in our program once the show has been cast. If the show is double cast, they must let the students know which cast will be eligible to apply for Best Actor and Best Actress at least one month prior to opening night.
  All Student Application submissions will be reviewed and adjudicated by a panel of qualified judges selected by Broadway In Chicago.
  Schools must communicate to their students: In order to keep participants safe during the live in person ceremony on May 23, 2022, all participants (including the 24 nominees, event staff and audience attendees) will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

      Double Casting

  Schools that choose to double cast their musical must select one cast for eligibility. The students in the selected cast will be eligible to be nominated and apply for Best Actor and Best Actress. An exception will be made only if both students who are double cast in the same role have been previously nominated for IHSMTA.
  If a school chooses to double cast and has a student who was previously nominated for IHSMTA, the cast with the previously nominated student is the cast that will be eligible.
  Schools and educators who choose to double cast must let the students know which cast will be eligible to apply at least one month prior to opening night.

School Rules (Audition Video Option)

  Eligible high schools must be public or private schools within the state of Illinois.
  Schools unable to produce a full musical, or whose musical falls past the application deadline of April 24, 2022 may nominate up to 6 students per school for Best Actor and Best Actress for the 2022 program (student nominations do not need to be evenly dispersed between Best Actor or Best Actress candidates).
  Each student nominated must submit by video 2 songs, the first from a qualifying role from The Jimmy Awards® list here (subject to change). The second from a qualifying song list from The Jimmy Awards® list here (subject to change).
  Directors must communicate to the students they are being nominated for our program.
  All Student Application submissions will be reviewed and adjudicated by a panel of qualified judges selected by Broadway In Chicago.
  Schools must communicate to their students: In order to keep participants safe during the live in person ceremony on May 23, 2022, all participants (including the 24 nominees, event staff and audience attendees) will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Please email [email protected] should schools have any questions regarding these requirements. No adjudicators will be sent to evaluate productions for 2022 IHSMTA.  As such the following categories are suspended for 2022: Best Scenic Design, Best Choreography, Best Ensemble, Best Direction, Best Production.

2022 IHSMTA Categories and Evaluation Categories 

Best Performance by an Actor: Evaluates the student’s complete proficiency in the areas of singing, acting, and dancing/movement.

Best Performance by an Actress: Evaluates the student’s complete proficiency in the areas of singing, acting, and dancing/movement. 

Eligibility Requirements for Best Actor and Best Actress (For Schools Producing a Full Musical):

Student applicants for Best Actor/Actress must be enrolled in grades 9-12 in an Illinois public or private high school participating in IHSMTA, have performed in a full-length high school affiliated musical theatre production during the 2021-2022 academic year, and must be a resident of the state of Illinois.

To compete in the Best Performance by an Actor or Best Performance by an Actress categories, a student must have played a qualifying role in a full-length high school musical theater production. A supporting role does not qualify. A comprehensive list of eligible roles can be found at jimmyawards.com.

For the purposes of the IHSMTA program, students are adjudicated in the category corresponding to their gender identification, not the gender of the role that they played. Students identifying as non-binary or gender-fluid may choose to either select the category in which they wish to be adjudicated (regardless of the gender of the role) OR they may be adjudicated based on the gender of the role they played.

All roles must be performed as written in the script. For example, in Big Fish, if two actors share the role of Edward Bloom (i.e., Young Edward and Old Edward) or if two or three actors share the role of the narrator in Joseph…, none of these students would be considered eligible to apply for IHSMTA.

Student applicants for Best Actor/Actress must agree to the possible videotaping, televised opportunities, photos, press interviews, and print advertising in conjunction with the Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards.

If selected as one of the 24 nominees for Best Actor or Actress, students must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to participating in the ceremony.

Students must be willing and available to participate in both the Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards on May 22 and May 23, 2022 and The Jimmy Awards® (National High School Musical Theatre Awards®) on June 27, 2022 and the week leading up to it.

A list of qualifying roles for Best Actor and Best Actress can be found here (subject to change).

Eligibility Requirements for Best Actor and Best Actress (For Schools Utilizing the Audition Model):

Student applicants for Best Actor/Actress must be a resident of the state of Illinois, enrolled in grades 9-12 in an Illinois public or private high school participating in IHSMTA.

Student applicants must be nominated by their school and theatre director they are representing. To compete in the Best Actor or Actresses category, a student must submit 2 video auditions, the first video as their official audition, and the second for additional consideration.  All video auditions should be from shows and roles from The Jimmy Awards® list here (subject to change).

Student applicants for Best Actor and Actress must agree to the possible videotaping, televised opportunities, photos, press interviews, and print advertising in conjunction with the Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards.

If selected as one of the 24 nominees for Best Actor or Actress, students must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to participating in the ceremony.

Students must be willing and available to participate in both the Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards on May 22 and May 23, 2022 and The Jimmy Awards® (National High School Musical Theatre Awards®) on June 27, 2022, and the week leading up to it.

A list of qualifying roles for Best Actor and Best Actress can be found here (subject to change).

2022 IHSMTA Nominees and Award Recipients:

24 nominees will be chosen from all qualifying Best Actor and Actress applicants (12 per category) from a panel of qualified adjudicators. The 24 nominees will be invited to audition in person at the Broadway Playhouse in downtown Chicago and will be evaluated through an audition process that includes two live performances of two solo songs: one song (up-tempo or ballad, if applicable) from the qualifying role they played in the musical or auditioned via video for which they have been nominated and one song of the nominee’s choosing from a provided list of The Jimmy Awards® approved songs. Nominees must provide their own clearly-marked sheet music in a 3-ring binder in page protectors. All nominees must perform with the provided accompanist – no recordings or a cappella singing will be allowed. Two students (One Best Actor and One Best Actress) will be selected as the IHSMTA award recipients to compete at The Jimmy Awards® on behalf of Illinois.

If selected as the Best Actor or Best Actress Award Recipient:

  • The student must be available and willing to participate in The Jimmy Awards® held in New York City on June 27, 2022 (and the week leading up to that date).
  • The two award recipients will travel on an all-expense paid trip with a Broadway In Chicago chaperone. Air transportation, meals, and housing in New York will be provided for the week of the program.
  • Additional release forms for the trip and for the NHSMTA® program must be signed by the student and a parent/guardian.
  • The Jimmy Awards® week includes one-on-one coaching, auditions and rehearsal for The Jimmy Awards®. Finalists are selected by a panel of judges made up of Broadway professionals.