The Broadway Education Alliance (BEA), producer of the annual Roger Rees Awards, the Greater New York metro area annual celebration of excellence in high school performance in musical theater, has announced a new process to select students eligible to compete for the title of Best Actor and Best Actress for the 2017-2018 academic year.

High schools located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, and Long Island, may register their school productions with the Roger Rees Awards. To be eligible to participate in the program, schools must be presenting a full-length, licensed production in the current school year.

In accordance with the nomination guidelines established by the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, a team of 3 industry professionals per school will adjudicate the performances of all students in eligible roles in the selected productions. Based on the results of this process, the top 50 students (25 men and 25 women) from across the region will be invited to participate in the Roger Rees Awards event.

This full-day musical event on Saturday, May 19th, includes a group Master Class and individual coaching from Broadway professionals.  These coaches will identify 12 finalists (6 men and 6 women) to perform in a showcase of solo performances.  Each student will sing a song from their school musical.

A panel of industry experts will select the Best Actor and Best Actress of the Greater New York metro area. These two students will represent the New York City region at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, a national celebration of outstanding achievement in musical theatre performance, which will be held on Monday, June 25, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. For more information about The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, visit jimmyawards.com.

BEA’s Award Advisory Board includes Broadway leaders including Peter Avery (NY Board of Education); Frank DiLella (NY1 journalist); Tim Federle (Actor, Director, Writer); Andrew Flatt/Lisa Mitchell (Disney Theatrical Productions); Nancy Gibbs (producer and general manager); Susan Lee (Broadway Education Alliance); and Eva Price (producer).

The Roger Rees Awards is presented by the Broadway Education Alliance, a New York City based 501c3 in association with Camp Broadway LLC and Disney Theatrical Productions and a coalition of Broadway professionals.