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Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards

Presented by EMC Insurance Companies

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.

2018-2019 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.

2018-2019 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS AND TITLES

For information about how your school can participate, please visit our 'Info for Directors' section.

2018-2019 ADJUDICATORS

Click here to learn more about the 2018-2019 Adjudicators!

For information about how to apply to become an IHSMTA adjudicator, please visit our 'Info for Adjudicators' section.

PAST PRODUCTIONS

2017-2018

Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center High School, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Albia High School, BACK TO THE 80s
Algona High School, DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Ankeny Centennial High School, THE BRAIN FROM PLANET X
Ankeny High School, THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Atlantic High School, BIG FISH THE MUSICAL
BCLUW High School, Conrad, STATE FAIR
Belmond-Klemme High School, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Bondurant-Farrar High School, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Boone High School, THE ADDAMS FAMILY SCHOOL EDITION
Calamus-Wheatland High School, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Cedar Rapids George Washington High School, DISNEY'S NEWSIES
Cedar Rapids John F. Kennedy High School, HEATHERS THE MUSICAL (SCHOOL EDITION)
Centerville High School, GODSPELL
Clarke Community High School, Osceola, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Clinton High School, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Creston High School, THE WEDDING SINGER
Danville High School, SHREK THE MUSICAL
Davenport Central High School, NEXT TO NORMAL
Davenport North High School, LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION
Decorah High School, SHREK THE MUSICAL
Denison High School, GUYS AND DOLLS
Des Moines East High School, BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL
Des Moines Hoover High School, RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA
Des Moines Lincoln High School, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Des Moines Roosevelt High School, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, SMARTY PANTS
Dubuque Senior High School, INTO THE WOODS
Earlham High School, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Fairfield High School, THE ADDAMS FAMILY SCHOOL EDITION
Forest City High School, BATTLE OF BOAT
Fort Dodge Senior High School, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Grand View Christian School, Des Moines, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Grinnell High School, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Harlan High School, HAIRSPRAY
Hudson High School, FOOTLOOSE
Indianola High School, WEST SIDE STORY
Johnston High School, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Knoxville High School, DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Linn-Mar High School, Marion, SHREK THE MUSICAL
Montezuma High School, THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Mount Vernon High School, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Nevada High School, SEUSSICAL
North Polk High School, Alleman, BYE BYE BIRDIE
North Union High School, Armstrong, THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Norwalk High School, THE PAJAMA GAME
Ottumwa High School, THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Pella Christian High School, LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION
Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Pleasantville High School, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Red Oak High School, INTO THE WOODS
Sioux City East High School, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Sioux City North High School, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill, THE MUSIC MAN
Spencer High School, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Spirit Lake High School, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Union Community High School, La Porte City, GREASE
Urbandale High School, BROTHER WOLF
Wahlert Catholic High School, Dubuque, LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
Waukee High School, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Waverly-Shell Rock High School, THE MUSIC MAN
Webster City High School, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
West Des Moines Valley High School, THE SECRET GARDEN
West Monona High School, Onawa, RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA
Williamsburg High School, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Winterset High School, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, FOOTLOOSE

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

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