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.
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 partner with the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, The Grand Theater and Viterbo University expanding the reach of the Jerry awards to Milwaukee, Wausau and LaCrosse area schools.
2019 Jerry Awards shows will be in June of 2019.
Overture’s JERRY 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. On June 9th WPT live-streamed the 2018 Jerry Awards in its entirety. You can watch the full show, or just replay your favorite moments on WPT’s Website. The one-hour highlights program will air this fall. The Jerry Awards is thrilled to be a 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
Photos of the 2018 Awards Show
Jerry Awards Title Sponsor
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Past Award Recipients
Overture Center is pleased to partner with Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, The Grand Theater in Wausau, Viterbo University and Wisconsin Public Television.
Additional funding provided by Wahlin Foundation, LLC on behalf of Stoughton Trailers, Konya & Matt Schuh and contributions to Overture Center for the Arts.
Contact Programming and Community Engagement Manager Karra Beach