Song Audition & Recording Options

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: Have your audition professionally recorded on Saturday, March 20, 2021
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.
Sign ups are now closed for professional recordings of auditions.

Option 2: Self-submit your audition by Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 5 pm
Students may self-submit a song audition video here starting on March 1, 2021. All self-submissions must be received by 5 pm 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.

Mandatory Form

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

In 2021, the two CAPA Marquee Awards student nominees will join top musical theatre students from across the country for a remote theatre intensive where they will experience private coaching, master classes, and rehearsals in preparation for a special showcase performance and the chance to compete for scholarships and the national title. These students must be fully available and conflict-free for rehearsals at the Ohio Theatre from June 20-July 1, 2021. Specific dates and times will be confirmed at a later date.

The virtual 2021 Jimmy Awards® will be broadcast on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm. All Jimmy Awards nominees must be available for a pre-ceremony and post-ceremony event. Details will be communicated as they are available.

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.