Voting opens Jan. 8, and readers are encouraged to participate below.
The Playbill Community Service Award was created to acknowledge all of the ways young people at the Junior Theater Festival are giving back across the country. All groups attending JTF 2016, which kicks off next weekend in Atlanta, GA (Jan. 15-17), were encouraged to document their organization's community service projects and apply for this award. The projects could be anything from hosting a weekly afterschool program for underserved students to holding a food drive, to performing at a nursing home.
Five finalists were chosen by a panel of adjudicators; 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 Jan. 15.
The JTF Community Service Award nominees follow:
Community Theatre of Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
The students went door to door collecting items to help the flood victims in South Carolina.
Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (Fairhope, AL)
ESRT created and produced a special show they could perform alongside special needs adults and underserved children in their local area.
Jeter Backyard Theater (Gibsonia, PA)
The students raised money, wrote letters and provided necessities to local and international orphans.
Nashville Christian School (Nashville, TN)
They are partnering with a local inner-city school to assist them in producing a musical.
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.
Vote for your favorite below!
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 and Kids Collection 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.