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The Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards supports, promotes, and celebrates high school musical theatre throughout the Mid-South.  The program aims to provide access to arts education, create opportunities for self-discovery and self-expression, develop relationships between regional schools and the Orpheum, encourage collaboration, enhance excellence, build community, and instill a lifelong passion for the arts.

This year-long program invites students and schools to join a community of participating schools from a 150 mile radius in a variety of opportunities that meet each school where they are in providing access to arts education programming.

The program is part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, the Jimmy Awards, a program produced by The Broadway League that includes over 40 programs from across the country.

Each year, the program culminates in a celebration of the passion, dedication, and hard work of students and teachers involved in promoting musical theatre.  Participants gather at the historic Orpheum Theatre for an unforgettable night of performance and awards presentations.  Modeled after the Tony Awards, the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards recognizes achievements in all areas of high school musical theatre and brings together hundreds of students from all over the region to share their talents and collaborate with one another.

Save the date for the 2022 HSMTAs: Thursday, May 26, 2022

In our 2021-2022 school year, we are thrilled to offer new ways for students and schools to participate so please pay close attention to all information provided.

For more information about the program or if you have any questions, please contact Lena Wallace Black at


In light of the ongoing challenges the global pandemic continues to bring to those presenting live theatre, the Orpheum Theatre Group is committed to keeping participating schools and those interested in becoming participating schools actively involved in the High School Musical Theatre awards in 2022. We understand changes may have to be made to programming throughout the school year, and we encourage all schools to communicate all changes and any challenges to HSMTA representatives regardless of the performance your school may present, so that we can do our best to meet you where you are.


In order to participate in the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards in any capacity, schools must register as a participating school by submitting an application.

The Orpheum’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are open to all schools located within a 150 mile radius of The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee.

There is no fee to participate in the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards. We are committed to making our programs as accessible as possible.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR – 2 Ways to Participate!

Your school does NOT need to produce a musical for adjudication in order to be a participating school. In an effort to expand access to the HSMTAs and as a result of the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic, schools do not have to be producing a musical for adjudication to participate in this program.

In the 2021-2022 school year, schools that register are able to participate in the following ways:

• Produce and submit a musical that is eligible for adjudication and awards recognition and send up to two students to participate in the opening and closing numbers.

Applications for fall shows are due by Monday, October 11, 2021 and applications for spring shows are due by Friday, January 7, 2022.

Send up to two students to participate in the opening and closing numbers

If you are a student whose school currently does not participate but you wish to be a part of this program in our opening and closing numbers, please fill out this questionnaire and someone from the Orpheum team will follow up with your school about registering to participate so that you can take part.

Please see the individual links listed on the side of this page about each way to participate for further information, important deadlines, and how to register.

Watch last year's Virtual Celebration

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