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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-expression, develop relationships between 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 performances 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.


2024 Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards

Thursday, May 23, 2024


In our 2023-2024 school year, we are thrilled to continue 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 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 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.

2 Ways to Participate:

  • Adjudicated Schools: Produce and submit a musical that is eligible for adjudication and awards recognition between September 29th, 2023 and April 7th, 2024 and send up to two students to participate in the opening and closing numbers.

    • Any school wishing to submit a musical for adjudication should complete the Intent to Apply form as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, September 15th. Click here to complete the application

    • Applications for fall shows are due by Monday, October 9, 2023 and applications for spring shows are due by Friday, January 5, 2024. Official application link will be available soon, so check this page frequently for updates.

  • Non-Adjudicated Schools: Send up to two students to participate in the opening and closing numbers. Applications for non-adjudicated schools are due by Monday, April 1st, 2024.

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 contact Lena Wallace Black at .

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