Waco ISD nominated for four HSMTA awards

Waco ISD nominated for four HSMTA awards
Posted on 03/14/2016


The nominations were just released for the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards, and Waco ISD has garnered four nominations.

University High's Production of Cinderella received 2 nominations. One for "Best Crew & Technical Execution" and one for "Best Choreography."

Waco High's Production of She Loves Me also received 2 nominations. One for "Best Scenic Design" and one for "Best Lighting Design."

There were 73 productions in this year's competition, including many from the Waco area. To receive a nomination is a truly phenomenal accomplishment.

The 5th annual awards take place on Thursday, April 14 at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.

Great things are happening in the Fine Arts of Waco ISD!

 About the HSMTA

Patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards®, show business veterans and community celebrities come together to spotlight the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theatre programs.

High schools from all over North Texas participate. Throughout the year, three judges visit each high school and judge the productions in 16 categories: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress.

Each high school’s performance is evaluated by a panel of judges who are all working professionals in the areas of entertainment, arts and theatre education, arts administration, talent management and production design. Ballots are tabulated by the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton and the top scoring high schools in each category are nominated as finalists.

As in the format of the Nationals, the Best Actor and Best Actress winners will not be decided solely by standings. The nominees will perform the evening before the Awards show for the assembled DSM judges and will be scored at that time. The winners will be revealed the next night at the Awards show at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each will be presented to outstanding participating students.

Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress will receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their high school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy TM Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

For more information about the DSM's HSMTA, please visit DallasSummerMusicals.org