The Jerry Awards, one of Wisconsin’s High School Musical Awards Programs, encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater. The program began in the 2009/10 school year as the Tommy Awards, and was renamed in 2017/18 season to The Jerry Awards after philanthropist and arts supporter W. Jerome Frautschi. Educators and industry professionals review productions at more than 85 high schools in 30 counties around the state providing valuable feedback. The program elevates the importance of musical theater within high schools.
School and student achievements are honored and featured in an awards show held at Overture Center in June and two outstanding performers are selected to represent the program at The National High School Musical Theater Awards (The Jimmys) competition in New York City.
2018 Jerry Awards Recipients have been announced!
Students at participating high schools can participate in The Jerry Ensemble, become a Student Critic, and receive special ticket deals to Broadway and other performance at Overture Center, The Marcus Center and The Grand Theater. Check out the Participation Guide for more information.
Overture Center is pleased to collaborate with the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and The Grand Theater expanding the reach of the Jerry Awards to the greater Milwaukee and Wausau area schools.
2018 Jerry Awards Show will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 6 PM
Overture’s High School Musical Theater Awards on Wisconsin Public Television
Overture and WPT collaborated in celebrating the important work done in high school musical theater and are excited to share the talent and dedication with viewers around the state. The one-hour program will air November 13, 2017 at 8 PM, featuring highlights from the annual awards show, and is part of WPT’s multiyear Young Performers Initiative, which celebrates Wisconsin’s young artists and those who inspire them. Videos from past awards shows can be found on the WPT website.
Photos of the 2017 Awards Show
Tommy Award Recipients
Tommy Award Newsletters
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Overture Center is pleased to partner with Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, The Grand Theater in Wausau and Wisconsin Public Television.
This program is supported in part by American Girl’s Fund for Children, A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust, Wahlin Foundation LLC, Milwaukee Bucks, and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Contact Programming and Community Engagement Manager Karra Beach