The 2006 made-for-Disney Channel movie “High School Musical” and its sequels have given voice to countless kids who have found their best selves performing on or behind the stage in their own high school productions.
For the past five years, Cleveland’s Playhouse Square has been providing high school triple-threats and stage crafters with an annual opportunity to actually meet, work with and compete against like-minded teens. Called the Dazzle Awards, this initiative is intended to inspire and honor excellence in high school musical theatre and recognize the importance of the performing arts and arts-education within the Northeast Ohio community.
Earlier this year, 31 participating high schools prepared to have a panel of trained adjudicators attend one performance of their musical and evaluate the performers and the production across 15 categories that include Best Actor and Best Actress, Best Student Orchestra, Best Costume Design, Best Technical Execution and Best Musical, and provide each school with educational feedback. To date, approximately 9,000 students have participated in productions represented at the Dazzle Awards.
This year’s process was to culminate with winners announced on May 16, at a gala Dazzle Awards ceremony in the Connor Palace Theatre at Playhouse Square. However, the adjudication process and the event were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, Playhouse Square created a virtual Dazzle Awards chorus video as a culminating project for the schools enrolled in this year’s program.
Read more about Dazzle at: http://canvascle.com/playhouse-squares-dazzle-awards-hone-high-school-talent-inspire-broadway-dreams-even-during-pandemic/
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