Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

For your school production to be considered, you must have presented an officially licensed production of a qualifying Broadway musical during the 2016-2017 academic year. A comprehensive list of productions can be found HERE.

  • Nominees must be enrolled in grades 9-12 in a New York City-area, Westchester, or Long Island public or private high school and have performed in a high school affiliated musical theater production during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • To compete in the Roger Rees Awards, the nominated student must have performed a qualifying male or female role in a full-length licensed high school production of a musical. A comprehensive list of qualifying roles can be found at HERE.

Date and Time Requirements

Students participating in the Roger Rees Awards must be available on the dates and times below.  Participation in all events in mandatory for eligibility in the Roger Rees Awards and the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Roger Rees Awards

  • Coaching and Audition Session: (Time slots will be assigned Monday, May 15 – Thursday, May 18 between 4 pm and 7 pm)
  • Awards Event Program Rehearsal and Showcase Performance: Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

National High School Musical Theatre Awards

The students awarded Best Leading Actor and Actress will represent the Roger Rees Awards and the Greater New York Area at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA). Students must be available and willing to participate in the 9-day event and awards show held in New York City from June 19 to June 27, 2017.  During this time students will reside in dormitories at New York University with other student nominees from across the United States.*  Please note: The NHSMTA does not allow absences for any reason including school events such as graduation exercises, prom or similar.

*Expenses related to the students’ participation in the NHSMTA are paid by the Roger Rees Awards.  This does not include any expenses which may be incurred as relates to costume, local travel or similar.

Roger Rees Award Categories:

  • Best Leading Actor in a Musical
  • Best Leading Actress in a Musical
  • Up & Comer (Male)
  • Up & Comer (Female)

Judging Process:

Students nominated by their schools will participate in a Coaching and Video Audition session in advance of the 2-day Roger Rees Awards program and awards event.  A panel of Broadway and education professionals will adjudicate the students based on their video audition created at the coaching session.  All adjudication will follow a rubric distributed by the Roger Rees Awards.  All students will be evaluated by the same panel of adjudicators. Based on their total scores, 40 students will be invited compete at the Roger Rees Awards.

The 10 students with the highest scores (5 male and 5 female students) will perform their solos at the Awards event.  A panel of judges comprised of Broadway industry professionals will evaluate the performances and confer awards in the categories above.  Judge’s decision is final.

In the event the Best Leading Actor or Actress is unable to participate in the NHSMTA, the winner of the Up and Comer Award in the same gender category will represent the Roger Rees Awards at this event.