Virtual Ceremony Set for Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards


The Orpheum Theatre Group is pleased to announce that the 12th annual Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) will take place virtually on Saturday, June 12 at 7pm on the Orpheum’s social media channels.

“Despite all the challenges of the past 14 months, the arts have remained a vibrant and powerful source of expression, community-building, and hope,” said Jennifer McGrath, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement.  “We are thrilled to be able to continue to celebrate and honor these passionate students, educators, and schools for their persistence and spirit of resilience.”

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards will operate differently this year.  The virtual celebration will include performances by area high school students filmed on the Orpheum stage, and awards presented will include Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Lead Actress, Spirit of the HSMTA Award (The Jalen Award), and the Inspiring Teacher Award.

The recipients of the Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress awards will represent the Orpheum HSMTA in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards® in a virtual ceremony on Thursday, July 15. 

The nominees are:

For Outstanding Lead Actor

  • Joshua Rickard                   Tipton-Rosemark Academy
  • Marvin Holt                        Briarcrest Christian School
  • Ronald Barboza                 Chester County High School
  • Ben Gray                              Evangelical Christian School
  • Robert Kuntzman             Houston High School
  • Deven Sims                         Olive Branch High School

Outstanding Lead Actress

  • Jada Bunch                         Northpoint Christian School
  • Shy’kira Allen                     Bartlett High School
  • Alexis Steelman                Collierville High School
  • Kasey Davis                         Jackson Christian School
  • Isabelle Johnson               Briarcrest Christian School
  • Jasmine Gillenwaters     Collierville High School

Guests will be able to tune in to the Orpheum’s FacebookInstagramTwitter, or YouTube channels on Saturday, June 12 at 7pm for this virtual celebration. For more information, visit

About the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards:

The Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards supports, promotes, and enhances high school musical theatre throughout the Mid-South. Modeled after the Tony Awards®, the High School Musical Theatre Awards recognizes achievements in all areas of high school musical theatre and brings together hundreds of students from all over the region to share their talents and collaborate with one another. This program is part of The Jimmy Awards®, the national high school musical theatre awards program produced by The Broadway League that includes programs from across the country.

About The National High School Musical Theatre Awards®:

The Jimmy Awards®/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards®(NHSMTA®) program impacts more than 140,000 students who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by presenters of Touring Broadway productions throughout the United States. Presented by the Broadway League Foundation, the program has, in past years, invited two nominees from each of these regional ceremonies to New York City to participate in a theatre intensive including coaching and rehearsals with Broadway professionals in preparation for a one-night-only talent showcase on a Broadway stage. The twelfth Jimmy Awards will be presented on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Due to the ongoing health concerns with COVID-19, this year’s program will be completely virtual. To date, the program has been the catalyst for more than $4,000,000 in educational scholarships, and several student participants have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions. For more information, please

About the Orpheum Theatre Group: The mission of the Orpheum Theatre Group is to enhance the communities we serve by utilizing the performing arts to entertain, educate, and enlighten while preserving the historic Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. For more information, visit

Orpheum Education Declaration of Action: We commit to engaging and collaborating with the people of the Mid-South through the transformative power of the arts.

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