Two of Overture’s Tommy Awards Recipients Made Their Broadway Debut!
Jessica Minter, Senior at Craig HS in Janesville, and Max Pink, Junior at Shorewood HS in Milwaukee, represented Overture Center at the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA), also known as The Jimmy® Awards, held in New York City on Monday, June 26th at 7:30PM. They were two of 74 high school students from 37 regional awards programs across America competing for the Jimmy® for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the ninth annual presentation. The talent showcase, hosted by 2017 Tony® winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen, Pitch Perfect), featured dynamic ensemble and solo performances at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre!
Jessica Minter | Senior at Craig High School in Janesville, Wis.
• Received two ‘Outstanding Leading Performance’ Tommy Awards this year:
- Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel – Janesville School District – summer program 2016
- The Witch in Into the Woods – Craig High School
“I am blessed and humbled to represent Overture Center’s Tommy Awards in New York City, which has been a goal of mine for the last three years and is a dream come true. The possibility of my going to college to pursue a career in musical theater wasn’t realized until I began performing at Overture Center, but they inspired me to follow my dreams. Throughout the journey, they have taught me so many skills and lessons to help me in my future endeavors, and this opportunity is another indicator that I have found my place in this world and what I am meant to do.”
Max Pink | Junior at Shorewood High School in Milwaukee, Wis.
• Received one ‘Outstanding Leading Performance’ Tommy Awards this year:
- Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
“My first involvement with Overture’s Tommy Awards was in 8th grade and it was an incredible opportunity to perform on such a large scale and rehearse in a tightened schedule. It’s always the best part of the end of the school year to come to Madison for the Tommy’s, which really gives students an idea as to whether we want to go on to start performing professionally. New York is one of my favorite cities, and representing Overture at the competition is a great honor.”
Student performers qualify to compete in the national program by winning top honors at regional high school musical theatre awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Over 1,000 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events. Since its inception in 2009, the NHSMTA has enabled over $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships to be awarded to talented students at the national and local level—several of whom have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions.
The annual Broadway-focused talent showcase featured performances by all 74 nominees and solos by select finalists. Their debut on a Broadway stage followed eight days of rehearsals and private coaching with faculty at the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama and other professionals. Broadway stars Andréa Burns, Randy Graff, Adam Kantor, Michael McElroy, Howard McGillin, and Schele Williams served as coaches for the nominees in preparation for the ceremony. Students also enjoyed a performance of Come From Away, including a talkback with the cast.
Founded in 2009 by Nederlander Alliances LLC, Pittsburgh CLO, and Broadway Educational Alliance (BEA), NHSMTA’s mission is to raise the profile of musical theatre in schools, recognize dedicated teachers and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. Also known as The Jimmy® Awards, in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theatre owner James M. Nederlander, the NHSMTA is supported by many leading theatre industry organizations. More information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards can be found at JimmyAwards.com.
The Broadway League conducts the program through The Broadway League Foundation, which acts as its philanthropic arm. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to enlighten and increase the public’s knowledge, appreciation and awareness of the theatrical arts, and since its founding in 1993 has supported several projects to help preserve Broadway’s heritage and introduce new audiences to Broadway theatre. The Foundation is a corporation organized under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York, the purposes of which are exclusively charitable as defined in Section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
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