The 5th Annual National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards, will take place July 1. Playbill.com checks in with the students, who hail from 31 regions across the United States, as they spend the week in New York City and prepare for the highly anticipated competition that will take place at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre.
As 62 teenagers from around the United States made their way onto the campus of New York University in lower Manhattan June 26, the Tisch School of the Arts began to pulse with ambition and hope (and show tunes, of course), as aspiring young performers began their journey to the 2013 Jimmy Awards.
A pizza party kicked off the week-long schedule of events that take place at Tisch, which include meetings with seasoned Broadway performers and creative artists, vocal coachings, rehearsals and the staging of this year's National High School Musical Theater Awards, where the students will perform and represent musical theatre competitions (where they were previously presented with an award for their performance in their high school production) sponsored by professional theatre organizations in cities across America. A panel of judges determine the recipients of the Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress awards.
"We'll get to be with people of our own nature. We're all representing our regions," explained Tim Hart, 16, who attends Palm Harbor University High School in Tampa, FL, and was named the Broadway Star of the Future for his performance as the Baker in Into the Woods. "We're all really dedicated to theatre, and we get to spend almost a week with other people who are just as dedicated as we are, and we get to put together a production as our characters — so we [are able to showcase] that piece of us from our home production with new people. And, it's on a Broadway stage… I'll say it again, it's crazy! I'm excited."