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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

The Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards recognizes the 2020-2021 achievements of the 56 participating productions that were reviewed by adjudicators this season.

For a complete list of recognitions, click HERE.

 

Outstanding Musical Production

This cumulative award honors high achievements across all performance, technical and creative areas. It is considered the program’s top honor.

 

Des Moines Christian - Mary Poppins
Xanadu - Dubuque Senior
Spelling Bee, Indianola
Once Upon a Mattress - Johnston

 

 

Descendants, North Scott
Joseph, Pella Christian
Wizard of Oz, Southeast Polk
Into the woods - Union High School

 

 

Wahlert Catholic Frog and Toad
Wahlert Catholic - Charlie Brown
Valley High School, Bright Star

 

 

 

Outstanding Overall Performance

This cumulative award honors high achievements across all performance areas, including principal roles, ensemble, and orchestra.

 

Spelling bee, Dallas Center Grimes
Working - Red Oak
Newsies - Roland Story

 

Outstanding Overall Technical and Creative Achievement

This cumulative award honors high achievements across all technical and creative areas, including scenic design, lighting, costuming and sound.

 

Meet me in St. Louis - Knoxville
Bright Star - Mount Vernon
 
Freaky Friday - Shenandoah
Bye Bye Birdie - Spirit Lake
Shrek - Waukee

 

Outstanding Ensembles

 

Dallas Center Grims
Des Moines Christian - Mary Poppins
Xanadu - Dubuque Senior
Spelling Bee, Indianola
Bright Star - Mount Vernon
Descendants, North Scott
Joseph, Pella Christian
Newsies - Roland Story
Wizard of Oz, Southeast Polk
Into the woods - Union High School
Wahlert Catholic Frog and Toad
Wahlert Catholic - Charlie Brown
Valley High School, Bright Star

 

Outstanding Student Orchestra

 

Mamma Mia - Clarke
Spelling bee, Dallas Center Grimes
Spelling Bee, Indianola
Raining Cats and Dogs - Ogden
Valley High School, Bright Star

 

Outstanding Community Engagement

Theater inherently has the power to move, enlighten and to promote change. The Community Engagement Award is presented to schools that utilize their production and its themes in a meaningful way to make a difference within their communities. See a summary of each outstanding project by clicking on the icons below.

 

 

Impact Award

The Impact Award is a student-nominated award which recognizes educators and community members who go above and beyond to support the high school musical experience. Learn about this year's Impact Award recipient by clicking on the icon below.

 

 

TECHNICAL THEATER SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by Doug & Debbie West

The Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Technical Theater Scholarship is open to students advancing their theater training as a technical theater major or minor. Annually, one student will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship to be applied towards tuition at an accredited college/university. The scholarship is to be distributed $2,500 per year, renewable for up to four years pending qualifying academic status. Learn about this year's recipient by clicking on the icon below.

 

Individual Student Awards

Learn about the individual student award recipients by clicking on the icons below.

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