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Due to the school closures and the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have adjusted deadlines and requirements for the 2020 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards. At this time all production awards have been suspended but we are recognizing the 24 Outstanding Actors and Actresses.
For 2021 IHSMTA: Musicals taking place between Sept 18- March 28 will be considered. Eligibility for dates in April 2021 are TBD.
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).
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 evaluated at least one month prior to opening night.
Schools that choose to double cast their musical must select one cast for adjudication. 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 evaluated.
Educators must include all performance dates the selected cast will be performing when completing their school application. Once these dates are submitted, no changes will be accepted.
Schools and educators who choose to double cast must let the students know which cast will be evaluated at least one month prior to opening night.
2020 IHSMTA Categories and Evaluation Categories
12 Outstanding Performances by an Actor: Evaluates the student’s complete proficiency in the areas of singing, acting, and dancing.
12 Outstanding Performances by an Actress: Evaluates the student’s complete proficiency in the areas of singing, acting, and dancing.
PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO COVID-19 THE BELOW CATEGORIES ARE SUSPENDED FOR 2020 IHSMTA
Best Scenic Design presented by SPL: Evaluates how well the set supports the production and helps to create a cohesive vision.
Best Choreography: Evaluates how the movement and choreography contributes to the overall storytelling, as well as, its execution in the production.
Best Ensemble presented by Jimmy John’s: Evaluates how the ensemble is utilized appropriately throughout the entire show, as well as their overall proficiency in the areas of singing, acting, and dancing.
Best Direction: Evaluates how the director has used all the elements at their disposal to create the strongest production they can with their available resources.
Best Production: Evaluates the overall excellence of the production and considers all above elements. Best Production is awarded to a school who produces an outstanding example of a high school musical.
Eligibility Requirements for Outstanding Actors and Actresses:
Student applicants for Outstanding Actors/Actresses 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. Applicants must have performed in a full-length high school affiliated musical theatre production. NOTE: If a student applicant’s show was cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, students cast in a Jimmy Awards Qualifying role are still eligible to apply. Double casting rules above still apply.
To compete in the Outstanding Performance categories, a student must have played or been scheduled to play, 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 Jimmy Awards® and IHSMTA, students are adjudicated in the category corresponding to their gender identification, not the gender of the role that they played. For example, if a female identifying actress plays Pugsley in The Addams Family, without any changes to the script, they would be considered for Outstanding Actress. The role must be performed as written in the script.
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 Outstanding Actors/Actresses 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.
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A list of qualifying roles for Outstanding Actors and Actresses can be found here (subject to change).