Triangle Rising Stars Program

TRS is a qualifying program for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) that was created in 2011 to recognize and encourage Triangle high school musical theater student achievement.


Congratulations to our 2014 TRS winners, English Bernhardt and Matthew Washington who both won awards at the 2014 NHSMTA!

English was awarded Best Performance in an Ensemble and Matthew was awarded the Spirit of the Jimmy's

Important Dates

We will begin accepting applications for the 2015 Triangle Rising Star Awards in August.

Additional Q&A

What does the TRS Award entail?

The two TRS student winners will be provided with $1,000 academic scholarships and will be invited to represent the Triangle Rising Star Awards in an all-expense paid trip to the National High School Musical Theater Awards program in New York City at the end of June. After a week of coaching, auditions, rehearsals and a final performance “on Broadway,” a handful of students from the elite group will be awarded scholarships and other prizes.

Why are only the above listed counties included?
Unfortunately we only have the capacity to serve and represent students within the immediate Triangle area (within 20 miles of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill). Students in Mecklenburg County should apply through The Blumey Awards

Are there any costs involved?
No, through the generosity of our sponsors, the TRS Awards are run at no cost to those who participate. The Award recipients are provided scholarships that cover all of their expenses (travel, room & board, and entertainment) to attend the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City.

How do I apply?

All interested students must complete the Intent to Participate Form in order to have members of our judging panel attend their school’s performance. Finalists will be invited to a closed audition and performance to be held May 31, 2014 - June 2, 2014. 

How does judging work?
Students will be judged solely on the role performed in their high school-affiliated musical theater production. Two members from a panel of judges will attend the production live and evaluate the performance. Then a DVD of highlights from the applicant’s performance will be required for final adjudication. The vote of the judges who attended the performance will count for 65% of the total score and the panel viewing the DVD will count for 35% of the total score. Students selected to the second round of competition will then particiate in a closed audition process and participate in a final performance at DPAC. Winners will be announced at the final performance on June 2, 2014.

The video quality of the audition tape, and other variables such as the quality of the set production will not be taken into consideration. We realize there are discrepancies between the resources afforded to one school’s program over another, and it is for this reason that we have professional judges that are able to discern talent beyond show and production qualities. We pride ourselves on giving every student that applies a fair opportunity to represent their state on the national stage.

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