Through CAPA’s standing as a member of the Broadway League, Columbus is an official Regional Awards Program of The Jimmy Awards®/National High School Musical Theatre Awards®. CAPA sponsors the prestigious national program for high school musical theatre students through its local awards program—the CAPA Marquee Awards.

To be considered for participation in the CAPA Marquee Awards, schools must submit an online application, and present a full-length musical from a list of Jimmy® Awards-approved productions between October 15, 2020 – April 18, 2021. Schools accepted into the program will be eligible for awards in the following categories:

  • Best Musical Production

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role

    Sponsored by Danbert, Inc.

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role

    Sponsored by White Castle

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role

    Sponsored by Johnson Investment Counsel

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role

    Sponsored by the Voice Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

  • Best Direction

    Sponsored by Denison University 

  • Outstanding Ensemble

  • Outstanding Student Orchestra

    Sponsored by The DiMarco Family Fund of The Columbus Foundation

  • Outstanding Technical Execution

  • Outstanding Student Designer

    Sponsored by the Pam and Jack Beeler Family Fund of The Columbus Foundation

  • Backstage Excellence Award

    Sponsored by The Owens Family

Additional Support provided by Mary Beth and Luke McCormick, and the Falcone Family.

Three adjudicators from the CAPA Marquee Awards program will attend a performance of each participating school’s qualifying musical theatre production to evaluate nominated students/productions and provide valuable written feedback to the production’s cast, crew, and creative team. On April 22, 2021, the (up to) five nominees selected for each category will be announced.

The CAPA Marquee Awards will culminate with a red-carpet ceremony and student showcase at the Ohio Theatre on May 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm, at which the winners of each category will be announced. Students selected as Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role will be designated as official Jimmy Awards® nominees and will receive a CAPA-sponsored trip to New York City to attend a nine-day professional training intensive with theatre professionals and industry experts and compete on the national level for the 2021 Jimmy Awards® for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.

Goals of the CAPA Marquee Awards

  • To recognize, honor, and encourage excellence in high school musical theatre through a constructive review process of nominated productions by qualified adjudicators;
  • To deliver educational master classes, workshops and advancement in dance, voice, acting, technical theatre for high school students locally, regionally, and nationally;
  • To offer professional development and networking opportunities for students, directors, and school programs;
  • To give students an opportunity to perform on a CAPA stage;
  • To create positive attention for theatre arts and music departments at local schools and school districts; and
  • To showcase the importance of theatre arts education in our schools.

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards®

To qualify as Best Actor in a Leading Role or Best Actress in a Leading Role, nominees must perform in a Qualifying Role in an Approved Musical in a full-length high school production during the 2020-2021 school year. To review the current Qualifying Role in an Approved Musical list, please click here.

To learn more about The Jimmy Awards®, please click here.

About CAPA

Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) aims to present and produce artistic programming of the highest quality to serve and educate diverse audiences and feature renowned artists of all cultures; operate and maintain world-class performance venues; strengthen our arts communities by providing facilities for resident companies, and through partnership and collaboration, support those organizations; and bolster the economy of the community we serve.