The Stage Top Honor/Young Critics Program
and Summer Conservatory

(est. 2009)

Stage Top Honor AwardsThe 2013 Stage Top Honor Awards
June 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm
California Theatre
345 South First Street in San Jose


On June 3, 2013, students from Bay Area high schools will participate in The Stage's Fourth Annual Top Honor Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in public and private high school musicals throughout the Bay Area. A Red Carpet Recognition Night will feature performances by the nominated high schools.

 

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The 2012 Stage Top Honor Awards
June 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm
California Theatre
345 South First Street in San Jose


On June 4, 2012, students from 16 Bay Area high schools participated in The Stage's Third Annual Top Honor Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in public and private high school musicals throughout the Bay Area. A Red Carpet Recognition Night will feature performances by the nominated high schools.

Two Bay Area students, Nicholas Wetherbee from San Mateo High School and Hanna Berggren from Menlo-Atherton High School, won Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress Awards. By virtue of their awards, they were selected to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York on June 25, 2012, and compete for a four-year scholarship to New York University's Tisch School for the Arts.

The 2011 Stage Top Honor Awards
June 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm
California Theatre
345 South First Street in San Jose


On June 6, 2011, students from 15 Bay Area high schools participated in The Stage's Second Annual Top Honor Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in public and private high school musicals throughout the Bay Area. A Red Carpet Awards Ceremony featured performances by the nominated high schools.

Two Bay Area students, Trevor Bates from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose and Maya Maniar from Castilleja School in Palo Alto, won Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress Awards. By virtue of their awards, they were selected to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York on June 27, 2011, and compete for a four-year scholarship to New York University's Tisch School for the Arts. Ms. Maniar won the Best Performance in an Ensemble Award at the competition.

 

The 2010 Stage Top Honor Awards - June 7, 2010


On June 7, 2010, students from 16 Bay Area high schools participated in The Stage's First Annual Top Honor Awards. At a gala ceremony at the California Theatre, winners were announced in sixteen categories, including Best Actor and Actress, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Orchestra.

Two Bay Area students, Matt Hill from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose and Katherine Dela Cruz from Irvington High School in Fremont, were won Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress Awards. By virtue of their awards, they were selected to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York on June 28, 2010, and compete for a four-year scholarship to New York University's Tisch School for the Arts.

 

We would like to thank our sponsors Broadway San Jose, Heritage Bank of Commerce, Xilinx and Symphony Silicon Valley.

 

 

The Top Honor Awards Program encourages and rewards exceptional accomplishments in the production of high school musical theatre. Private and public high school musical theatre program participants in the Bay Area are invited to compete in the “The Stage’s Top Honor Awards, modeled after Broadway's Tony Awards, culminating in a Gala Ceremony with performances by the nominated high schools.

 

Recognition of outstanding achievement by students and educators will be awarded in performance, design, direction, choreography, technical production and overall production excellence.


The Top Honors Award Adjudicators (comprised of theatre professionals, performing artists, designers, and theatre arts educators) will fan out across the Bay Area between the end of January through April to evaluate the participating high schools’ musical theatre productions, followed by nomination recommendations.


Young Critics Program


Young Critics Program will focus on providing students, grades 9-12, with an opportunity to observe performances at The Stage, attend workshops to better understand and discuss the role of review/theatre critic and draft reviews for publication in school newspapers.


Summer Musical Conservatory


The Summer Musical Conservatory will offer professional training in advanced singing, acting and dance classes. The Conservatory curriculum strives to support high school theatre and music students’ vocational endeavors. Top Honors Award winners, featured in the Summer Musical session’s finale are eligible for Conservatory scholarships.


For more details about The Stage’s Top Honor Awards, please contact Spencer T. Williams, Education Director at (408) 283-7142 or via .