Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre is proud to sponsor the Sixth Annual Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards in 2016, a musical theatre scholarship program that rewards excellence at the high school level. During the 2015-2016 school year, representatives from UFOMT will travel across the state to adjudicate high school productions. Nominated schools and artists will perform and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Spencer Fox Eccles Auditorium – Ogden High School. The winner of Best Actress and Best Actor will be sent to New York City to participate in the
National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
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UFOMT Professional Musical Theatre Internship |
The National High School Musical Theatre Awards impacts more than 50,000 students annually who participate in high school musical theater competitions sponsored by top professional theatres throughout the US. A Best Actress and Best Actor winner from each of these competitions is sent to New York for a weeklong theater intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only showcase at The Jimmy™ Awards on Broadway, where a panel of judges crowns the nation’s top performers. Since its inception in 2009, the program has been the catalyst for nearly $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships to be awarded to talented students at the national and local level–several of whom have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions. NHSMTA nominees will prepare for their Broadway debut during a week-long professional training intensive with NYU Tisch School of the Arts' New Studio on Broadway faculty members plus other theatre professionals. Winners will be selected by a panel of industry experts. In 2012, the program inspired preeminent broadcaster WGBH Boston to produce a 3-part documentary series called "Broadway or Bust," which follows students on a journey from their hometown competitions to their debut on Broadway. The series remains popular viewing at
The Jimmy™ Awards will be held on Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. For more information, please visit
The UHSMTA is a ONE-NIGHT ONLY musical theater extravaganza at the Utah State University Kent Concert Hall on Saturday, May 9th @ 7pm. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased
HERE. The evening will feature performances from the following categories and many more!
Fremont High – The Drowsy Chaperone
Layton High – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Lehi High – Urinetown
Logan High – Curtains
Lone Peak High – Guys & Dolls
Northridge High – The Wedding Singer
Pine View High – Les Misérables
Salt Lake SPA – The Pirates of Penzance
Timpview High – The Pirates of Penzance
Woods Cross High – Mary Poppins
Alta High – Noah Martinez – J. Pierrpont Finch, How to Succeed...
East High – Jacob Taylor – Tony, West Side Story
Layton High – Adam Moon – Caractacus, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Northridge High – Jordan Kirkham – Robbie, The Wedding Singer
Ogden High – Peyton Davis – Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz
Pine View High – Nathan Bennion – Jean Valjean, Les Misérables
St. Joseph Catholic High – Jonathan Robbins – Cosmo, Singin' in the Rain
Salt Lake SPA – Joseph Price – Pirate King, The Pirates of Penzance
Uintah High – Collin Peterson – Bert, Mary Poppins
Woods Cross High – Ben Butters – Bert, Mary Poppins
Bountiful High – Sarah Wilson – Reno, Anything Goes
Clearfield High – Allison Allred – Olive, 25th Annual...Spelling Bee
Layton High – Amorah Pratt – Truly, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Lehi High – Gabrielle Limpert – Hope, Urinetown
Lone Peak High – Ali Fisher – Adelaide, Guys & Dolls
Mountain Crest High – Tierssa Johnson – Lizzie, 110 in the Shade
Northrdige High – Mackenzie Smith – Julia, The Wedding Singer
Salt Lake SPA – Alaina Robb – Ruth, The Pirates of Penzance
Skyline High – Mary Nikols – Dolly, Hello, Dolly!
Timpview High – Carolyn Baird – Mabel, The Pirates of Penzance
Woods Cross High – Abby Watts – Mary, Mary Poppins
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Canyon View High – Matthew Matheson – Willard, Footloose
DaVinci Academy – Silas Hassrick – Fester, The Addams Family
Fremont High – Braxten Lucas – George, The Drowsy Chaperone
Lehi High – Matthew Lenhart – Lockstock, Urinetown
Lone Peak High – Jaxson Dayton – Sky, Guys & Dolls
Northridge High – Jacob Porter – Sammy, The Wedding Singer
Pine View High – Jake Parkinson – Enjolras, Les Misérables
Salt Lake SPA – Christian Earl – Sergeant, The Pirates of Penzance
Skyline High – Ben Engel – Barnaby, Hello, Dolly!
Timpview High – Taylor Thompson – Sergeant, The Pirates of Penzance
Woods Cross High – Harrison Young – Mr. Banks, Mary Poppins
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bountiful High – Lauren Sandorf – Erma, Anything Goes
Canyon View High – Kylee Groft – Vi, Footloose
Clearfield High – Taylee Bingham – Marcy, 25th Annual...Spelling Bee
DaVinci Academy – Ella Spurlock – Wednesday, The Addams Family
Fremont High – Bailey DeVries – Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone
Lehi High – Ashley Coombs – Pennywise, Urinetown
Logan High – Sami Aguilar – Bambi, Curtains
Northridge High – Bethany Briesmaster – Holly, The Wedding Singer
Skyline High – Allison Klippel – Irene, Hello, Dolly!
Uintah High – Hannah Benedicto – Mrs. Banks, Mary Poppins
2014 UHSMTA BEST ACTRESS WINNER RECOGNIZED BY BROADWAY.COM |
Broadway.com published an article on Sept. 9th highlighting "jaw-dropping performances" from high school musical productions as a Back-to-School special. According to the article, their tops picks were chosen "after hours of intense Googling, YouTube spirals and snack breaks."
And who was chosen for their "Please Come to Broadway Now" Award? Utahn, and Woods Cross High School alumni, Aitana Alapa! Miss Alapa was the Best Actress winner of the 2014 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards and represented our program at the Jimmy Awards in NYC last summer.
The video Broadway.com posted features Alapa singing the duet "Elaborate Lives" with 2014 UHSMTA Best Actor nominee Harrison Young as Radames in Woods Cross' production of Aida. Woods Cross High School also took home the Best Musical Award in 2014. Check out the video below!
MATTHEW RICHARDS PERFORMS AT THE 2014 JIMMY™ AWARDS |
Matthew Richards from Northridge High School was selected as the Best Male Actor winner at the 2014 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards for his portrayal of Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel. Richards was chosen as one of the three male finalists at The Jimmy™ Awards in New York City. Here is a video of him performing "She Cries" from Songs for a New World for the finals.
'UNBELIEVEABLE' THEATER EXPERIENCE FOR 2 UTAH STUDENTS |
Read about Aitana and Matt's amazing time in New York competing in the NHSMTA in this Deseret News article by Blair Howell |
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2014 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS IN NYC |
BROADWAY OR BUST! |
This exciting new series chronicles the lives of America's top high school musical performers and their once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the 2012 National High School Musical Theatre Awards, including Utah's Peter Lambert and Malia Morley!
For more information or to watch online |