Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role Eligibility

To be eligible to be nominated for Best Actor/Actress in Leading Role, performers must be nominated by their school’s CAPA Marquee Awards coordinator and must have played a National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®)-recognized leading role in their school’s production. For this reason, only students who play a NHSMTA®-recognized leading role in their high school’s production will be eligible for the Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role categories.

Due to the nature of the award, the Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role nominees and winners will be determined by both a production and audition score. Eligible student performers will receive a combined adjudication score for their school’s production. The adjudicated score will count as 65% of the total score. Additionally, these student performers will be required to submit a song audition. The combined song audition score will count as 35% of the total score. The combined production and audition score will determine the nominees and the winners in this category.

2021 Jimmy Awards® Eligibility

To be eligible for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role, students must be available to participate in the 2021 virtual Jimmy Awards® program and must be available and without conflicts from Sunday, June 20 – Thursday, July 1, 2021. A detailed list of all required dates/times will be available in the Spring.

Student Participation Handbook

Information about the adjudication process, panel audition, nomination process, Marquee Awards Showcase participation, and the National High School Musical Theatre Awards® can all be found in the Student Handbook for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role-Eligible Performers.

Song Audition

CAPA Marquee Award students who are performing in a NHSMTA®-eligible leading role in the 2020-2021 CAPA Marquee Awards season and wish to be considered for a nomination for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role are required to complete a song audition. For the audition, students must perform an audition song from the 2021 NHSMTA®-recognized leading roles list. The song may not be from the same musical as the CAPA Marquee Awards-eligible role. Participation in the song audition is mandatory to be eligible for a nomination for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role.

For the 2020-2021 school year, we are allowing two song audition submission options:

Option 1
CAPA Marquee Award students who are eligible may sign up to have their song audition professionally recorded by CAPA on Saturday, March 20, 2021.  An accompanist will also be provided.  Students may sign up here for an individual timeslot beginning at NOON on March 1, 2021. Sign-ups will remain open until NOON on Monday, March 15, 2021.

Option 2
Students may self-submit a song audition video here starting on March 1, 2021.  All self-submissions must be received by 5pm on March 20, 2021 in order to be eligible.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

A full list of rules and requirements for both song audition options can be found in the Participant Handbook.

Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role Song Audition Prep Workshop

CAPA Marquee Award students who are performing in a NHSMTA®-eligible leading role during the 2020-2021 CAPA Marquee Awards season are invited to attend a Song Audition Prep Session on Zoom on Saturday, February 27 from 10:30am-12:30pm.  Registration for the workshop will be available here beginning at NOON on Monday, February 8.