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 score from the three adjudicators that attend their school’s production.  The adjudicated score will count as 65% of the total score. Additionally, these student performers will be required to audition for an adjudication panel. The panel 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.

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.

Panel Audition


In compliance with Governor DeWine’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people, CAPA has suspended all events and performances scheduled at the Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre, Lincoln Theatre, McCoy Center for the Arts, and Riffe Center Theatre Complex through at least Sunday, April 5.

Unfortunately, this means we have to cancel the CAPA Marquee Awards Panel Audition on March 21, 2020.   

We will update you on what this decision means for the CAPA Marquee Awards as soon as more information is available.  In the meantime, please stay safe and stay well.

The panel audition will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Participation in the panel audition is mandatory to be eligible as a nominee for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role.  For the panel audition, students must perform a 2-2 ½ minute audition song (ballad or up-tempo) from the 2020 NHSMTA®-recognized leading roles list. The song may not be from the same musical as the CAPA Marquee Awards-eligible role.   A full list of rules and requirements can be found in the Participation Handbook.

Students are required to sign up for a half-hour audition slot. A link to sign-up will be available here starting at noon on Friday, February 14, 2020, and will close at noon on Monday, March 9, 2020.

Required Panel Audition Participation Forms

The Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Intent to Participate Form and the Panel Audition Form are now closed.

You are required to bring the 2019-20 Informed Consent & Media Release Form and 2019-20 Emergency Medical Form to the panel audition if you have not already submitted the forms at a previous master class or workshop this season. The signature of the performer’s parent/guardian is required on both forms if performer is under the age of 18. If you have already turned these forms in to us, you are not required to submit them again.

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

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, CAPA Marquee Award students who are performing in a NHSMTA®-eligible leading role during the 2019-2020 CAPA Marquee Awards season and are participating in the Panel Audition are invited to attend a Panel Audition Prep Session.  We will be holding two sessions, 10am-12:30pm and 1-3:30pm at the Ohio Theatre.  Each eligible student will have the opportunity to sign up for one of these sessions. While participation is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged.

Workshop sign-ups are now closed.

Please note:  Only students eligible for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role may participate in these workshop sessions.