Voting opens Friday, January 6, and readers are encouraged to participate below.
The Playbill Community Service Award was created to acknowledge the ways young people at the Junior Theater Festival are giving back across the country. Groups attending JTF 2017, which kicks off next weekend in Atlanta, GA (January 13-15), were encouraged to document their organization's community service projects. The projects could be anything from hosting a weekly after-school program for underserved students, to holding a food drive, to performing at a nursing home.
Five finalists were chosen by a panel of adjudicators; and we now ask readers to vote on which project is their favorite. The organization receiving the most votes will win a $1,000 cash prize to support its continued charitable efforts, with an award presented during JTF.
Voting ends at 11:59 PM ET January 14.
The JTF Community Service Award nominees follow:
Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (Fairhope, AL)
ESRT partnered with the USA Children and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama to bring Miracles Under the Big Top to life for children of the hospital.
Off Broadway Children’s Theatre (Alpharetta, GA)
The students worked to give back to their community through Blessing Bags for the homeless, Meals by Grace for the underprivileged and assisting with Special Olympics.
Roy Waldron Elementary School (La Vergne, TN)
The Drama Students promoted helping others within their community by sponsoring a local food drive.
Mill Springs Academy (Alpharetta, GA)
The Students created Gift of the Arts to bring art, musical supplies and performance opportunities to the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and the Rainbow Children’s Home.
Musical Mayhem Productions (Elk Grove, CA)
The students collected coats for the Mustard Seed School in Sacramento, which educates and feeds homeless children.
Founded in 2003, the Junior Theater Festival is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts students and instructors from across the U.S. who gather to participate in workshops and lectures and perform highlights from their respective productions. The three-day event celebrates musical theatre and the numerous Broadway Junior titles available for school-age performers.
As in previous years, Playbill.com will report live from the event, keeping readers up to date on the exciting weekend of performances and special events.
Vote for your favorite below!