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    2017 Rules & Regulations

    Regional Awards Programs (RAP) must adhere to the following Rules & Regulations in order to participate in the 2017 National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA). Please review the rules and regulations below carefully, as qualifications for participation have changed from last year.

    • The RAP is sponsored by a legitimate professional theatre/company that is a member of The Broadway League.
    • The sponsoring legitimate professional theatre/company that is a member of The Broadway League has sponsored only one (1) RAP this year (unless an exception is approved by the NHSMTA Advisory Board).
    • The RAP is expected to adjudicate student performances through either (a) a full-scale Awards Program Model based on a Tony Awards® model (for reference please refer to similar programs such as Gene Kelly Awards, Tommy Tune Awards, or Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards); or (b) through an Audition model. The RAP uses the Audition model to adjudicate student performances under the condition that it demonstrates an intention to develop an Awards Program Model next season. All Regional Awards Programs must utilize an adjudication model by the 2017 – 2018 season.
      • (a) Awards Program Model: The RAP sends qualified judges to review high school musical theatre productions presented by individual schools during the 2016-17 school year. All aspects of shows, such as actors, choreography and designers, etc. are judged on performance and production quality. Awards are presented in a full-scale event in which Nominees perform/participate. At this event, a Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress are chosen based on his/her performance of a Qualifying Rolein an Approved Musical in a full-length high school production that took place during the 2016-17 school year. Both winners are invited to attend NHSMTA.
      • (b) Audition Model: A Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress are selected through an audition process based on his/her performance of a Qualifying Rolein an Approved Musical in a full-length high school production that took place during the 2016-17 school year. Eligible students must be nominated by a teacher, or the director of the full length high school production of an Approved Musical. Qualified judges assess audition solos from these roles in a live performance. A winner is chosen in each category. Both winners are invited to attend NHSMTA.
      • Both models must adjudicate Nominees who perform in a Qualifying Role in an Approved Musical in a full-length high school production that took place during the 2016–17 school year. For the purpose of NHSMTA, qualifying roles will be defined per a list found here. Approved RAP(s) can appeal roles and musicals for inclusion that may not be on the current list. School editions/versions of musicals are permitted; “junior” versions are not. Junior versions are usually referred to as: G2K (Getting to Know Series), Young @ Part, Middle School Editions (from 101 School Editions), Broadway Jr., and Young Performers. Concert versions are not permitted.
    • New Regional Awards Programs may send Nominees to New York in the first year of their program.
    • Every participating program must pay the $10,000 participation fee in full; the payment must be made by the League member sponsoring organization.
    • In addition to the non-refundable participation fee, the RAP is responsible for funding round-trip travel to New York City for its two Nominees. NHSMTA will arrange and pay for Nominees’ expenses in New York City including housing, meals, and other expenses necessary to the program.
    • A high school has participated in one (1) RAP only.
    • A Nominee has participated in one (1) RAP only.
    • Nominees are judged only on his/her performance of a Qualifying Role in an Approved Musical in a full length high school production.
    • Nominees must be conflict free and available for all days during NHSMTA week of Monday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
    • Nominees are required to travel to New York City to participate in a rigorous week that will include individual coaching and group rehearsals for the Jimmy® Awards ceremony.
    • Nominees understand and agree to all possible videotaping, televised opportunities, photos, press interviews, and print advertising. (Waivers are provided in the Participant Information Packet.)
    • Once accepted to participate in the NHSMTA Program, the RAP is required to submit the following necessary documentation in digital form (specific upload instructions will be provided upon acceptance to the program):
      • A list of all participating high schools in your program and the high school’s participating musical
      • Each high school musical director’s name, mailing address, email address and phone number
      • The name of another primary contact at the high school, including phone number, email, and mailing address
      • RAP logo
      • RAP ceremony score sheet
      • Three digital images from RAP’s 2017 ceremony
      • A one-minute highlight video of the RAP’s 2017 ceremony
      • RAP Selection Form for Chaperone/Travel Companion
      • Chaperone Personal Release/Waiver Form/Medical Information
      • Nominee Release/Waiver Forms and Parental Release Form
      • Nominee Medical Information Form
      • Nominee headshots (current)
      • Nominee resumes formatted to NHSMTA-provided template
      • Nominee one-page essays
      • Nominee bios
      • A highlight video demonstrating both Nominees’ performances were from a 2016–17 school year Qualifying Role in an Approved Musical in a full length high school production (if video is not available, please include at least three production photos)
      • A video submission featuring each Nominee’s topic response (guidelines to be provided in Participant Information Packet)
      • Nominee audition video (guidelines to be provided in Participant Information Packet)
      • Nominee music submissions

    Please note that all documentation is to be submitted to NHSMTA by the RAP, not by Nominees.