|Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Noah King, Holly Payne and Melissa Vuletich|
photo courtesy ASU Gammage
Two Mesa teens are in New York this week gearing up for the National High School Musical Theater Awards - also known as the Jimmy Awards.
Noah King & Holly Payne - both from Mesa High School, won the ASU Gammage High School Musical Theater Awards in May. They are now in New York competing with more than 60 other finalists.
All week they will be auditioning, interviewing and competing for the big awards event set for Monday, June 27 at the Minskoff Theatre in Manhattan.
This year’s awards ceremony is hosted by Zachary Levi who is currently starring in Roundabout Theatre Company’s She Loves Me on Broadway. He was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Georg.
Student performers qualify to compete in the national program by winning top honors at regional high school musical theatre awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Over 1,000 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events. Since its inception in 2009, the NHSMTA has enabled over $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 ten-day 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 judges comprised of notable theatre professionals including Tony Award-winning producers and award-winning casting experts.