OMAHA, Neb. – (February 10, 2020) – Omaha Performing Arts will welcome Nebraska's theater students back to Omaha Monday, June 7, 2021 at 7:30 PM for the Nebraska High School Theater Academy (NHSTA) Showcase. This year’s event will be held outdoors at the Holland Performing Arts Center and will feature both live and digital performances.
The annual NHSTA showcase recognizes the work of Nebraska theater students and educators on stage and behind-the-scenes. Awards given include top individual, ensemble performances and more. Two students will be selected to represent Nebraska at the Broadway League's National High School Musical Theatre Awards®, known as the Jimmy Awards®, in an online performance held Thursday, July 15, 2021.
“We look forward to bringing Nebraska students and educators together both online and in-person to celebrate their accomplishments,” said Kathleen Lawler Hustead, O-pa Associate Director of Education.
The Nebraska High School Theater Academy supports theater programs by connecting students and teachers to Broadway. More than 8,000 middle and high school students from more than 80 schools participate in the program which features year-round learning opportunities for students, including master classes, workshops, professional performance feedback and more.
Nebraska’s two national nominees named during the NHSTA Showcase will join 70 students from 35 regions across the United States in a week of online coaching with Broadway artists and industry experts culminating in a virtual performance at the national Jimmy Awards. Students will compete for top performance awards along with 20 additional awards and scholarships.
"Although fans won't be in a Broadway theater, we will still have the chance to cheer on all the talented nominees, see amazing performances, and be part of this wonderful celebration of arts education," said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, producer of the Jimmy Awards.
All students from participating NHSTA schools may sign up for the state finalist competition. Find more details on the Nebraska High School Theater Academy website. Ticketing information and details on how to watch both the state NHSTA and national Jimmy Awards® will be available soon.
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