The CAPA Marquee Awards Presented by American Electric Power Foundation gives participating schools and students the opportunity to win awards for artistic excellence in several categories.

  • Best Musical Production

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Best Direction

  • Outstanding Ensemble

  • Outstanding Student Orchestra

  • Outstanding Technical Execution

  • Outstanding Student Designer

  • Backstage Excellence Award

Awards Criteria

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Five high school musical theatre productions will be recognized as nominees in this award category. The five nominees and one winner will be determined by adjudicator scores. High schools receiving nominations for Best Musical Production will be invited to perform a 5- minute number from their award-winning musical at the Awards Showcase.

BEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

To be eligible to participate in The Jimmy Awards®, the Best Actor and Best Actress winners must have played a NHSMTA®-recognized leading role in their school’s production. For this reason, only students playing a NHSMTA®-recognized leading role in their high school’s production will be eligible for the Best Actor and/or Best Actress in a Leading Role categories. View the list of Qualifying Roles here.

Due to the nature of the award, the Best Actor and Best Actress in a Leading Role will be determined by both a production and audition score. Eligible students receive a production score from the adjudicators that attended their school productions. The adjudicated score will count as 65% of the total score. Additionally, these students must complete an audition for an adjudication panel. Participation in the audition is mandatory to be eligible for the Best Actor and/or Best Actress in a Leading Role categories. The audition score will count as 35% of the total score. The combined production and panel audition score will determine the nominees and the winners for this category.

The ten students (5 actors and 5 actresses) receiving nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Leading Role will be invited to perform a solo from their award-winning role at the Awards Showcase as part of the Best Actor and Best Actress medleys.

BEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

A supporting role will be classified as a role below that of a leading role and above that of a bit or ensemble part. An actor/actress in a supporting role should have solo lines of dialogue and a musical solo during the musical production.

Ten student performers (5 actors and 5 actresses) will be recognized as nominees in this award category. Nominees and winners will be determined by adjudicator scores.

Please note: Only registered high school students will be eligible to receive this award.

BEST DIRECTION

Five directors will be recognized as nominees in this award category. The nominees and winners will be determined by adjudicator scores.

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE

Five ensembles will be recognized as nominees in this award category. The nominees and winners will be determined by adjudicator scores.

Please note: At least 80% of the total ensemble must be high school students to be eligible for an Outstanding Ensemble. No more than 20% of the total ensemble may consist of non-high school students.

OUTSTANDING STUDENT ORCHESTRA

Up to five student orchestras will be recognized as nominees in this award category. The nominees and winners will be determined by adjudicator scores.

Please note: At least 60% of the total orchestra must be high school students to be eligible for an Outstanding Student Orchestra award. No more than 40% of the total orchestra may be adults and/or professionals. If the conductor plays with the orchestra, she/he is counted as an adult and/or professional musician, unless the conductor is a registered high school student.

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL EXECUTION

Five high school musical theatre productions will be recognized as nominees in this award category. The five nominees and one winner will be determined by adjudicator scores.

Please note: At least 80% of the total technical run crew must be high school students to be eligible for an Outstanding Technical Execution award. No more than 20% of the technical run crew may consist of non-high school students.

BACKSTAGE EXCELLENCE AWARD

Five backstage crews or group of students demonstrating excellence behind-the-scenes may be recognized as nominees in this award category. Teachers are responsible for nominating students for this award. An adjudication panel will select the final nominees and winners in this category.

View Backstage Excellence Guidelines

OUTSTANDING STUDENT DESIGNER

Five students demonstrating excellence in costume, hair & makeup, lighting, scenic, sound, and props design may be recognized as nominees in this award category. Students are responsible for applying for this award. An adjudication panel will select the final nominees and winners in this category.

View Outstanding Student Designer Guidelines

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