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Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards

The Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards celebrates the achievements of students involved in high school musicals across the state.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The year-long program consists of three main components.

Professional Review
Each participating musical production receives a professional review. A panel of performing arts educators and professionals (adjudicators) attend each school's musical and provides feedback on everything from individual actors' performances, to the orchestra, set, lighting, costumes and more. Teachers and students use these insights to make their next show even stronger. Schools participating year over year have seen dramatic transformations in skill, student enthusiasm, and community support.

Learning Opportunities
Throughout the school year, workshops led by theater professionals help students grow. While some sessions focus on performance skills, others focus on technical areas such as lighting design, scenic design, and stage management. Many opportunities bring students face-to-face with Broadway professionals. For example, Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster led a vocal audition master class.

Awards Showcase
Stars shine brighter on a big stage. You see it happen at the year end Awards Showcase, when Iowa's best musical theater students take the Des Moines Civic Center stage.

Based on reviewer scores and nominations, outstanding musicals and performers are invited to share highlights from their productions. Rehearsals with a guest Broadway music director and choreographer prepare students for impressive opening and closing numbers. Awards and recognitions are given throughout the evening, including to two students who win the honor of representing Iowa at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City.

2017-2018 SCHOOLS & TITLES

Des Moines Performing Arts invites you to attend a production participating in the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards.

Production titles, dates, and times are subject to change. Please refer to the participating school for up-to-date performance details.


Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center High School, Guthrie Center
THE WIZARD OF OZ
November 11 | 7 PM
November 12 | 2 PM

Follow the yellow brick road with young Dorothy Gale, a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion as they seek the mighty Wizard of Oz to bring Dorothy home. Along the way, they must avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the mysterious magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister—but now belong to Dorothy. Learn the magic of friendship and that “there’s no place like home.” 


Albia High School, Albia
BACK TO THE 80’S
November 10 & 11 | 7 PM
November 12 | 2 PM 

17-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, but she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year with its experiences, fun, heartbreak, love and loneliness—all set to the biggest hits of the 80s!


Algona High School, Algona
DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
November 3 & 4 | 7 PM 

We’re all in this together in this stage adaption of Disney Channel’s beloved musical featuring the students of East High. When basketball team captain, Troy, and brainy Gabriella decide to audition for their school musical, their peers resent the threat posed to the status quo. They soon learn the alliance just might open the door for everyone else to shine as well.


Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny
Title to be announced
April 20 & 21 | 7:30 PM
April 22 | 2 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


Ankeny High School, Ankeny
Title to be announced
April 6 & 7 | 7 PM
April 8 | 2 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


Atlantic High School, Atlantic
Title to be announced
March 9 & 10 | 7:30 PM
March 11 | 2:30 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


BCLUW High School, Conrad
STATE FAIR
November 10 & 11 | 7:30 PM
November 12 | 2 PM 

The Frake family leaves behind the routine of day-to-day farm life for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. While Mom and Pop have their sights set on blue ribbons, their son and daughter find romance and heartbreak on the midway. This stage adaption of Rodger and Hammerstein’s only musical written for the screen provides a ‘Grand Night for Singing’ set in heartwarming American Heartland tradition.


Belmond-Klemme High School, Belmond
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
November 3 & 4 | 7 PM
November 5 | 2 PM 

A day in the life of Charlie Brown has many ups downs, but the constant seems to be his friends (both human and non-human). From the uncertain morning, the disappointing afternoon, to the hopeful evening, discover what it really means to be a friend.


Bondurant-Farrar High School, Bondurant
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
April 19 & 20 | 7 PM 

This delicious sci-fi smash feeds the need for hilarity with the story of a meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, and a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. Things begin to spiral out of control when he discovers the plant’s appetite for human flesh and intent for global domination. This charming tongue-in-cheek musical is sure to devour your heart. 


Boone High School, Boone
THE ADDAMS FAMILY: SCHOOL EDITION
November 3 & 4 | 7 PM 

Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.


Calamus Wheatland High School, Wheatland
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
November 3 & 4 | 7 PM 

If you thought you knew the story of The Princess and The Pea, you may be in for a walloping surprise! King Sextimus is unable to speak and his terror of a wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. In an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, the Queen decrees that only the princess who can pass her test may marry her son. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.


Centerville High School, Centerville
GODSPELL
November 3 & 4 | 7:30 PM 

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.


Clarke Community High School, Osceola
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
November 10 & 11 | 7:30 PM 

Mermaid Ariel’s biggest wish in life is to trade her fins for feet so that she can fall in love with Prince Eric. Unfortunately her Father, King Triton, forbids this wish. Going against her Father’s orders, Ariel trades her beautiful voice for legs to the evil sea witch Ursula, but the bargain is not what it seems. Ariel will need the help from her underwater friends if she is to restore order under the sea.


Clinton High School, Clinton
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
March 2 & 3 | 7 PM
March 4 | 2 PM 

Set in 1922, this musical tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York City in search of a new life for herself. She hopes to find a job as a secretary for a rich man and then marry him. But things go awry when the owner of her dingy hotel starts kidnapping young girls to sell to the Far East, her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage and the man she truly loves doesn’t have a dime to his name. Or does he? This small town girl is about to find out.


Creston High School, Creston
THE WEDDING SINGER
November 10 & 11 | 7 PM
November 12 | 2 PM 

Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer who has big dreams to become a famous rock star. Everything is going swell for Robbie until his fiancée leaves him at the altar which leads him to make every wedding as terrible as his was. Robbie then meets Julia who he falls in love with even though she is engaged to a Wall Street big shot. Robbie must give the best performance of his life to get the girl of his dreams.


Danville High School, Danville
SHREK: THE MUSICAL
November 3 & 4 | 7:30 PM 

The beloved animated film is brought to life on stage as unlikely hero Shrek finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and feisty princess who resists rescue. Complete with fairytale misfits and turns along the way, Shrek ultimately learns acceptance—and that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.


Davenport Central High School, Davenport
NEXT TO NORMAL
November 3 & 4 | 7 PM
November 5 | 2 PM

An atypical suburban family struggles as their mom, Diana Goodman, battles with worsening bipolar disorder. Diana tries many different therapies and treatments that never seem to help. Exploring topics of crisis and mental illness, this deeply moving musical presents the Goodman family’s story with love, sympathy and heart. Together, they find resiliency and strength in the art of getting by.


Davenport North High School, Davenport
LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION
April 6 & 7 | 7 PM
April 8 | 2 PM 

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe he can be good. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.


Decorah High School, Decorah
SHREK: THE MUSICAL
November 9, 10 & 11 | 7:30 PM
November 11 | 1 PM

The beloved animated film is brought to life on stage as unlikely hero Shrek finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and feisty princess who resists rescue. Complete with fairytale misfits and turns along the way, Shrek ultimately learns acceptance—and that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.


Denison High School, Denison 
GUYS AND DOLLS
November 3 & 4 | 7 PM

Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town—with the help of Sky Masterson—while the authorities breathe down his neck. Hailed as the perfect musical comedy, this award-winning classic gambles with luck and love under the bright lights of Broadway.


Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines
Title to be announced
April 26, 27 & 28 | 7:30 PM
April 28 | 2 PM 

Show description not available at this time. 


Dubuque High School, Dubuque
INTO THE WOODS
November 2, 3 & 4 | 7 PM
November 5 | 2 PM

“Isn’t it nice to know a lot… and a little bit not?” Featuring all of fairytale’s favorite characters, the musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that their wish cannot be granted because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break it. In a story about the choices we make, wishes are granted, but the consequences of the characters’ actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.


Earlham High School, Earlham
DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
November 4 | 7 PM
November 5 | 2 PM 

Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, meets the Beast, a handsome young prince trapped under a spell as a hideous beast. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved in return, the curse will be broken. Time is running out, however, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This "tale as old as time" is based on the 1991 Disney animated feature.


East High School, Des Moines
BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL
November 9, 10 & 11 | 7 PM
November 11 | 2:30 PM

Campbell is cheer royalty at Truman High School, which means her senior year should prove the most cheertastic—she’s been named captain of the squad, after all. But, an unexpected redistricting has forced her to spend her final year of high school at the neighboring hard-knock Jackson High School. Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass, and inspired by the hit film, this musical is filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness.


Fairfield High School, Fairfield
THE ADDAMS FAMILY: SCHOOL EDITION
April 20, 21 & 28 | 7:30 PM
April 29 | 2 PM 

Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.


 
Forest City High School, Forest City
BATTLE OF BOAT
November 2, 3 & 4 | 7 PM 

Set during WWI, this heartwarming musical follows the adventures of a gang of kids called The Defenders who are forced to cope without their leader when he goes to France to fight in the War. Wanting to do their bit to help, the kids build themselves a boat and try to join him, while at the same time finding their place in a world at war.


Fort Dodge High School, Fort Dodge
Title to be announced
April 25, 26, 27 & 28 | 7 PM

Show description not available at this time. 


George Washington High School, Cedar Rapids
DISNEY’S NEWSIES
November 9, 10 & 11 | 7:30 PM 

Jack Kelly is a newsboy and leader of many young “newsies” in 1899 New York City. These hardworking boys dream of a better life away from the chaos and troubles on the streets. Big publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst make life harder for the newsboys when they raise distribution prices. Jack rallies newsies all throughout New York City to protest for what’s right.


Grand View Christian School, Des Moines
Title to be announced
April 26, 27 & 28 | 7 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


Grinnell High School, Grinnell
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
March 8, 9 & 10 | 7:30 PM 

Mermaid Ariel’s biggest wish in life is to trade her fins for feet so that she can fall in love with Prince Eric. Unfortunately her Father, King Triton, forbids this wish. Going against her Father’s orders, Ariel trades her beautiful voice for legs to the evil sea witch Ursula, but the bargain is not what it seems. Ariel will need the help from her underwater friends if she is to restore order under the sea.


Harlan High School, Des Moines
HAIRSPRAY 
November 2 & 4 | 7 PM
November 5 | 2 PM 

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire—to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, she is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the heart of Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network—all without denting her ‘do!


Hoover High School, Des Moines
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA
November 9, 10 & 11 | 7 PM 

Don’t be late to the ball! Rodgers and Hammerstein’s enchanting adaptation of this timeless fairytale brings new life to the story of a young woman forced into servitude who dreams of—and achieves—a better life. 


Hudson High School, Hudson
Title to be announced
April 13 & 14 | 7 PM

Show description not available at this time.


Indianola High School, Indianola
WEST SIDE STORY
April 26, 27 & 28 | 7 PM 

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the “Puerto Rican” Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of all time.


John F. Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids
HEATHERS THE MUSICAL (HIGH SCHOOL EDITION)
September 15, 16, 21 & 22 | 7 PM 

17-year-old Veronica Sawyer is fed up with the hierarchy of cliques at Westerburg High School, so she finds a way to get on the inside of the most elite clique of them all: the Heathers. While getting used to being on the top of the high school food chain, she falls in love with the mysterious new kid J.D. Leader of the clique, Heather Chandler, kicks Veronica out of the group. With J.D.’s help and persuasion, Veronica seeks out revenge on the Heathers and bullies of high school, but revenge isn’t all so sweet. 


Johnston High School, Johnston
Title to be announced
April 20 & 21 | 7 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


Knoxville High School, Knoxville
Title to be announced
March 2 & 3 | 7 PM
March 4 | 2 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


Lincoln High School, Des Moines 
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
November 2, 3, & 4 | 7 PM 

This delicious sci-fi smash feeds the need for hilarity with the story of a meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, and a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. Things begin to spiral out of control when he discovers the plant’s appetite for human flesh and intent for global domination. This charming tongue-in-cheek musical is sure to devour your heart. 


Linn-Mar High School, Marion
Title to be announced
April 26, 27 & 28 | 7:30 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


Montezuma High School, Montezuma
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
November 4 & 11 | 7 PM
November 5 & 12 | 3 PM 

Before World War II in Salzburg, Austria, Maria Rainer is not fitting in at the Nonnberg Abbey with the other nuns. Mother Abbess suggests Maria takes a break from the monastic life by becoming the governess to the seven children of widower Captain Georg von Trapp.


Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon
Title to be announced
April 14, 20 & 21 | 7 PM
April 15 | 2 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


Nevada High School, Nevada
SEUSSICAL
March 2 & 3 | 7 PM
March 4 | 1:30 PM 

Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, this musical tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos. He faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from the dangers of the world, but he must also guard an abandoned egg. The power of friendship emerges triumphant as the familiar Seuss characters learn “a person’s a person no matter how small.”


North Polk High School, Alleman
Title to be announced
April 6 | 7 PM
April 8 | 2 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


North Union High School, Armstrong
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
November 9 & 10 | 7 PM

Before World War II in Salzburg, Austria, Maria Rainer is not fitting in at the Nonnberg Abbey with the other nuns. Mother Abbess suggests Maria takes a break from the monastic life by becoming the governess to the seven children of widower Captain Georg von Trapp. 


Norwalk High School, Norwalk
THE PAJAMA GAME
November 10 & 11 | 7 PM

Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful as sparks fly between new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 ½ cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.


Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
October 27, 28,  30, 31 | 7:30 PM
October 29 | 3 PM 

Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.


Pella Christian High School, Pella
LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION
October 26, 27 & 28 | 7 PM 

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe he can be good. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. 


Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
November 2 & 4 | 7 PM
November 5 | 2 PM 

In this loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, a man puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life in his apartment as he watches – creating a madcap evening that pokes fun at all the tropes that characterize musical theatre.


Pleasantville High School, Pleasantville
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
November 10 & 11 | 7 PM
November 12 | 2 PM 

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, they learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything.


Red Oak High School, Red Oak
Title to be announced
February 23 & 24 | 7 PM
February 25 | 2 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


Roosevelt High School, Des Moines
Title to be announced
April 27 | 7:30 PM
April 29 | 2:30 PM

Show description not available at this time.


Sioux City East High School, Sioux City
DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
November 9, 10 & 11 | 7 PM
November 11 | 2 PM

Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, meets the Beast, a handsome young prince trapped under a spell as a hideous beast. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved in return, the curse will be broken. Time is running out, however, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This "tale as old as time" is based on the 1991 Disney animated feature.


Sioux City North High School, Sioux City
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
March 22, 23 & 24 | 7 PM
March 24 | 2 PM 

Mermaid Ariel’s biggest wish in life is to trade her fins for feet so that she can fall in love with Prince Eric. Unfortunately her Father, King Triton, forbids this wish. Going against her Father’s orders, Ariel trades her beautiful voice for legs to the evil sea witch Ursula, but the bargain is not what it seems. Ariel will need the help from her underwater friends if she is to restore order under the sea.


Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill
THE MUSIC MAN
November 10 & 11 | 7 PM

There’s trouble in River City when fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, cons the people of the community into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. Yet, he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by Marian, the town librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.


Spencer High School, Spencer
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
November 3 & 4 | 7:30 PM
November 5 | 2 PM

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the award-winning tale centers on Tevye the Dairyman and his five daughters. With the help of a tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and growing anti-Semitism in Russia.


Spirit Lake High School, Spirit Lake
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
November 10 & 11 | 7 PM

If you thought you knew the story of The Princess and The Pea, you may be in for a walloping surprise! King Sextimus is unable to speak and his terror of a wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. In an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, the Queen decrees that only the princess who can pass her test may marry her son. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.


Union Community High School, La Porte City
Title to be announced
March 9 & 10 | 7 PM

Show description not available at this time.


 
Urbandale High School, Urbandale
BROTHER WOLF
April 27 & 28 | 7 PM
April 28 | 2 PM

Blending folklore, myth, bluegrass music and mountain religion, this Appalachian adventure tale is based on the story of Beowulf. High in the mountains of North Carolina, a family is threatened by a demon named Grinn Dell. When a preacher named Brother Wolf arrives to lend a hand, the death of the demon sets off a cycle of revenge that can only be stopped by learning to forgive.


Valley High School, West Des Moines
Title to be announced
April 27 & 28 | 7 PM
April 29 | 2 PM

Show description not available at this time.


Wahlert Catholic High School, Dubuque
Title to be announced
April 20 & 21 | 7:30 PM
April 22 | 2 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


Waukee High School, Waukee
Title to be announced
April 19, 20 & 21 | 7 PM
April 21 | 1 PM 

Show description not available at this time.


Waverly-Shell Rock High School, Waverly
THE MUSIC MAN
November 10 & 11 | 7:30 PM
November 12 | 2 PM 

There’s trouble in River City when fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, cons the people of the community into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. Yet, he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by Marian, the town librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.


Webster City High School, Webster City
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
April 27 & 28 | 7:30 PM
April 29 | 2 PM 

A day in the life of Charlie Brown has many ups downs, but the constant seems to be his friends (both human and non-human). From the uncertain morning, the disappointing afternoon, to the hopeful evening, discover what it really means to be a friend.


West Monona High School, Onawa 
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA
November 3 & 4 | 7 PM 

A day in the life of Charlie Brown has many ups downs, but the constant seems to be his friends (both human and non-human). From the uncertain morning, the disappointing afternoon, to the hopeful evening, discover what it really means to be a friend.


Williamsburg High School, Williamsburg 
THE WIZARD OF OZ (RSC)
November 2 & 4 | 7 PM
November 5 | 2 PM 

Follow the yellow brick road with young Dorothy Gale, a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion as they seek the mighty Wizard of Oz to bring Dorothy home. Along the way, they must avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the mysterious magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister—but now belong to Dorothy. Learn the magic of friendship and that “there’s no place like home.”


Winterset High School, Winterset 
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
November 3 & 4 | 7 PM
November 4 | 2 PM 

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and a lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors when he brings a new monster to life. The stage adaption of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches.


Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids
FOOTLOOSE
November 10 & 11 | 7 PM
November 12 | 2 PM 

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for is the ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. 

2017-2018 ADJUDICATORS

Bios for this year's adjudicators coming soon!

PAST PRODUCTIONS

2016-2017

Abraham Lincoln High School, Des Moines, DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Adel DeSoto Minburn High School, Adel, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Algona High School, Algona, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny, GUYS AND DOLLS
Ankeny High School, Ankeny, LITTLE WOMEN
Atlantic High School, Atlantic, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
BCLUW High School, Conrad, SISTER ACT
Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Bondurant-Farrar High School, Bondurant, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
Boone High School, Boone, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Calamus-Wheatland High School, Wheatland, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Carlisle High School, Carlisle, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA
Centerville High School, Centerville, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
City High School, Iowa City, GUYS AND DOLLS
Clarke Community High School, Osceola, FOOTLOOSE
Clear Lake High School, Clear Lake, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
Clinton High School, Clinton, ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA
Creston High School, Creston, BYE BYE BIRDIE
Dallas Center-Grimes High School, Grimes, BYE BYE BIRDIE
Davenport North High School, Davenport, IN THE HEIGHTS
Des Moines Christian School, Urbandale, CHARLOTTE'S WEB
Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH'S MARY POPPINS
Dubuque Senior High School, Dubuque, LES MISÉRABLES: SCHOOL EDITION
Earlham High School, Earlham, SEUSSICAL
East High School, Des Moines, HAIRSPRAY
Emmetsburg High School, Emmetsburg, OKLAHOMA!
Forest City High School, Forest City, ANNIE
Fort Dodge Senior High School, Fort Dodge, THE PAJAMA GAME
George Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, GREASE
Grand View Christian School, Des Moines, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
Hoover High School, Des Moines, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Hudson High School, Hudson, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
Indianola High School, Indianola, GREASE
John F. Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Johnston High School, Johnston, SEUSSICAL
Knoxville High School, Knoxville, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA
Le Mars Community High School, Le Mars, LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE
Linn-Mar High School, Marion, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Montezuma High School, Montezuma, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Nevada High School, Nevada, SHREK THE MUSICAL
Newton Senior High School, Newton, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
North Polk High School, Alleman, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Osage High School, Osage, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
Pella Christian High School, Pella, PETER PAN
Perry High School, Perry, PETER PAN
Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf, SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Pleasantville High School, Pleasantville, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, 42ND STREET
Sioux City North High School, Sioux City, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Spencer High School, Spencer, DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH'S MARY POPPINS
Union High School, La Porte City, ANYTHING GOES
Valley High School, West Des Moines, OKLAHOMA!
Waukee High School, Waukee, LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
Waverly-Shell Rock High School, Waverly, ANYTHING GOES
West Burlington Arnold High School, West Burlington, BARRY MANILOW'S COPACABANA
Williamsburg High School, Williamsburg, DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Winterset High School, Winterset, OLIVER!
Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL

2015-2016

Algona High School, Algona, ANNIE
Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny, DAMN YANKEES
Ankeny High School, Ankeny, THE MUSIC MAN
BCLUW High School, Conrad, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Bondurant-Farrar High School, Bondurant, GODSPELL
Carlisle High School, Carlisle, BYE BYE BIRDIE
Centerville High School, Centerville, HONK!
Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, BYE BYE BIRDIE
East High School, Des Moines, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Fairfield High School, Fairfield, GUYS AND DOLLS
Forest City High School, Forest City, SHREK THE MUSICAL
Fort Dodge Senior High School, Fort Dodge, CRAZY FOR YOU
George Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
Grinnell High School, Grinnell, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Hoover High School, Des Moines, 13
Hudson High School, Hudson, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Indianola High School, Indianola, ANYTHING GOES
John F. Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, THE PAJAMA GAME
Johnston High School, Johnston, FOOTLOOSE
Knoxville High School, Knoxville, LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
Linn-Mar High School, Marion, THE MUSIC MAN
Maharishi School, Fairfield, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, LES MISÉRABLES: SCHOOL EDITION
Nevada High School, Nevada, GUYS AND DOLLS
North Polk High School, Alleman, DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Norwalk High School, Norwalk, GREASE
Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa, OKLAHOMA!
Pella Christian High School, Pella, WEST SIDE STORY
Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, SHREK THE MUSICAL
Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill, THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Union High School, La Porte City, STATE FAIR
Waukee High School, Waukee, LES MISÉRABLES: SCHOOL EDITION
Williamsburg High School, Williamsburg, THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Winterset High School, Winterset, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

2014-2015

Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny, URINETOWN
Bondurant-Farrar High School, Bondurant, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
Boone High School, Boone, LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
Carlisle High School, Carlisle, THE MUSIC MAN
Centerville High School, Centerville, THE WIZARD OF OZ
City High School, Iowa City, MARY POPPINS
Dallas Center Grimes High School, Grimes, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
East High School, Des Moines, ANNIE
Forest City High School, Forest City, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Grand View Christian School, Des Moines, THE MUSIC MAN
Hampton-Dumont High School, Hampton, THE MUSIC MAN
Hoover High School, Des Moines, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Hudson High School, Hudson, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Indianola High School, Indianola, GUYS AND DOLLS
John F. Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Lincoln High School, Des Moines, CHICAGO
Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, FOOTLOOSE
Nevada High School, Nevada, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
North High School, Des Moines, THE ADDAMS FAMILY
North Polk High School, Alleman, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Pella Christian High School, Pella, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
Perry High School, Perry, DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, HAIRSPRAY
Union High School, La Porte City, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Urbandale High School, Urbandale, CAROUSEL
Valley High School, West Des Moines, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, WEST SIDE STORY
Waukee High School, Waukee, DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Williamsburg High School, Williamsburg, GREASE

2013-2014

Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
Ankeny High School, Ankeny, GREASE
Bondurant-Farrar High School, Bondurant, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, 42ND STREET
East High School, Des Moines, DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Grinnell High School, Grinnell, DISNEY'S BEAUTY & THE BEAST
Hoover High School, Des Moines, ANYTHING GOES
Indianola High School, Indianola, INTO THE WOODS
Lincoln High School, Des Moines, FOOTLOOSE
Nevada High School, Nevada, FOOTLOOSE
North Polk High School, Alleman, SEUSSICAL
Norwalk High School, Norwalk WAND
Pella Christian High School, Pella, THE MUSIC MAN
Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, PIPPIN
Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
Urbandale High School, Urbandale, GUYS AND DOLLS
Waukee High School, Waukee, THE WIZARD OF OZ

2012-2013

Ankeny High School, Ankeny, SPAMALOT
Carlisle High School, Carlisle, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, DAMN YANKEES
East High School, Des Moines, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Nevada High School, Nevada, THE MUSIC MAN
Pella Christian High School, FOOTLOOSE
Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, CHICAGO:  A MUSICAL VAUDEVILLE
Urbandale High School, Urbandale, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Waukee High School, Waukee, GUYS AND DOLLS

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

Past award recipients lists coming soon.

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2015-2016
2014-2015
2013-2014
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