The MVHSTA program is open to public and private high schools producing plays and musicals in the Miami Valley region. Remember, participating schools also get to select two students to perform in the opening and/or closing numbers at the MVHSTA Showcase, even if your nominated musical or play doesn’t receive an award.
Please download and read the Participating High School Theatre Handbook.
To be eligible for participation for the 2022-2023 season, a school must meet the following qualifications:
a. The Miami Valley High School Theatre Awards is now a participating member of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards® or The Jimmys®. Please visit the Jimmy Awards page on this site to find out how students nominated in “Lead Actor/Actress In A Musical” categories can be selected to participate in The Jimmy Awards®.
b. Musical theatre productions should fall into one or more of the following categories:
c. Plays should fall into one or more of the following categories:
The cost of the program is $100 per school. This fee gives each school the opportunity to nominate two productions of either a play and/or musical. This fee helps cover the cost of the awards themselves.
If a school would like to nominate an additional play or musical, an additional fee of $50 per show will be assessed. If a school only wants to nominate one play or only one musical, the fee is still $100.
These fees cover the cost of the MVHSTA Showcase.
Visit the Registration page to register your school. If you know you want to participate, but don’t know what shows you’ll be presenting, you can still register! Registration must be completed by the theatre director or official representative from the school. Students may not register productions on behalf of their school.
Theatre directors must complete their performance details and submit them to the MVHSTAs no later than two (2) weeks before the first performance of the nominated production.
Overall Production Musical or Play
Lead Role in a Musical or Play (Actor/Actress)
Supporting Role in a Musical or Play (Actor/Actress)
Ensemble in a Musical or Play
Featured Student Dancer
Student Costume Design
Student Lighting Design
Student Makeup Design
Student Music Director
Student Prop Design
Student Set Design
Student Sound Design
Student Stage Management
Theatre Program Director of the Year
Shows will be rated by trained, experienced adjudicators who will be assessing each school’s production on its own merits. Adjudicators will evaluate students and school productions on the execution of various performance and production elements including overall production, acting, voice, and dance. Students will not be adjudicating shows.