Music Theatre Wichita officially announced on Monday that Pittsburg High School was among the nominees for the 16th Annual Jester Awards, a program designed to celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre. Each year, trained volunteer judges attend and evaluate dozens of performances. Last year, PHS was nominated for 18 awards, receiving 14 plus a Jester scholarship.
This year, 94 judges viewed 129 performances of 44 productions, involving more than 2,500 students and 38 schools across the state of Kansas. The program began in Wichita, but now extends as far as Liberal, Hays, Salina, and Pittsburg, in addition to the greater Wichita area.
In total, PHS received 17 Jester nominations this year. They are:
The Jester Awards Ceremony will take place at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita on Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m. Honorees in 24 categories will be announced during the ceremony, and several of the honorees will perform numbers from their shows, including Pittsburg High School. One leading male honoree and one leading female honoree will receive a scholarship award of $2,500, and one student will receive a scholarship for their achievements in technical theatre.
Tickets to the ceremony are $10 each. Parents or family members planning on attending with Pittsburg High School should contact Andra Stefanoni ASAP to put your name on the list; Director Greg Shaw is handling sign-up for cast, crew, band, and other students, who will ride busses to the event.
Alumni of the Jester Awards program can be seen onstage and backstage at Music Theatre Wichita this summer, as well as in regional theatres across the country and on Broadway, including in this year’s new Broadway musical Anastasia.
“The Jester Awards program has become one of the most gratifying aspects of Music Theatre Wichita," said Producing Artistic Director Wayne Bryan. "The dedication of these students and teachers is a vibrant reminder of the how powerful the arts can be in opening minds, unlocking potential, and enriching a community.”
Congratulations to all the nominees from our school and others!