Overture to Honor High School Musical Theater Programs at the 2022 Jerry Awards

The 2021/22 Jerry Awards program will conclude with a performance honoring student and school achievement, including performances by the Outstanding Award winners, in the Overture Room on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Two outstanding artists will be selected to represent the program at National High School Musical Theater Awards (Jimmy Awards) in New York.

“We are thrilled to announce more than 400 winners this year from 85 productions across the state in 75 communities of varying sizes and theater programs with varying budgets,” commented Tim Sauers, director of artistic experiences at Overture. . “After a two-year hiatus, it was amazing to get out there and see musical theater performed in high schools across the state. This year saw the cast, crew, and production crews take on new challenges, and everyone rose to the occasion. We look forward to celebrating their work at Overture Hall in June.”

Participation statistics for the 2021/22 season:

  • 85 productions
  • 79 schools/community theater organizations
  • 48 schools are represented in the 81 winners of the Outstanding Lead Performance Award
  • 23 counties
  • 40 reviews (three reviewers attended each production)
  • Over 450 students perform at annual awards shows at Overture Hall
  • 8,500 people involved in the Jerry Awards through their involvement with their local high school musical

Click here to see the full list of recipients.

The Jerry Awards are a high school music awards program that encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater. The program began in the 2009/10 school year with 23 productions within 45 miles of Madison and has since expanded across the state through partnerships with Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, The Grand Theater and Viterbo Fine Arts Center. Educators and industry professionals review productions at Wisconsin high schools and/or community theater organizations and provide valuable feedback to students. In its first decade, The Jerry Awards attracted over 700,000 students, teachers, theater professionals and community members.

To be eligible for the Jerry Awards, high schools apply in the fall or spring for their musical to be considered by the program. Three judges (industry professionals and educators) are tasked with viewing the show and writing a review rating it in various categories such as performance, design, and direction. The reviews are compiled and sent to each school with the nominations. In addition to criticism and being recognized at the awards ceremony, participating students are eligible to audition for the Jerry setbecome a student critic and receive special ticket offers for performances at the Overture Center, Marcus Performing Arts Center, Grand Theater and Viterbo University Fine Arts Center.

The Overture Jerry Awards are sponsored by Old National Bank with additional funding provided by American Girl’s Fund for Children, Katie Dowling-Marcus and Ben Marcus and contributions to Overture Center.

The Jimmy Awards/The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) program involves more than 140,000 students who participate in 46 regional high school musical theater competitions sponsored by presenters of Broadway productions touring across the United States. Named for the Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, the program has been the catalyst for more than $5,000,000 in scholarships. Presented by the Broadway League Foundation, the NHSMTA invites one Best Actress and one Best Actor nominee from each local regional ceremony in New York City for an intensive week of theater that includes coaching, training and rehearsal led by select of Broadway’s most accomplished professionals. . The nominees will spend a week in New York City from Monday, June 20, 2022 through Tuesday, June 28, 2022, and their combined efforts throughout the week will lead to an extraordinary showcase of talent performed live in front of an audience on a Broadway stage. . The Thirteenth Annual Jimmy Awards will take place on Monday, June 27, 2022 at the Minskoff Theater. For more information, please visit www.JimmyAwards.com.

MARCUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER in Milwaukee, is a premier performing arts community gathering space offering high quality cultural and community programming. The Marcus Performing Arts Center is home to the Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera and First Stage, as well as a variety of other important community and family events throughout the year. The traveling Broadway series, sponsored by Johnson Financial Group, is recognized for bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee for the past 20 years.

THE GRAND THEATER in Wausau, Wis., has brought the best of the performing arts to North Central Wisconsin since 1927. With a mission to entertain, educate and enrich the community, The Grand works to develop a lifelong appreciation for the arts and improve the quality of life in the region.

VITERBO FINE ARTS CENTER in La Crosse, Wis., is a regional arts center whose mission is to educate, stimulate, inspire and challenge the university and local communities through the presentation of diverse and quality programming.

OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Madison, Wisconsin, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization that includes seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and four galleries where national and international touring artists, nine resident companies and hundreds local artists engage people in nearly 700,000 educational and artistic experiences each year. With a vision to provide “extraordinary experiences for all,” Overture’s mission is to support and elevate our community’s creative culture, economy, and quality of life through the arts.