Jan 25, 2011

Durham Performing Arts Center and Theatre in the Park Present

1.25.11- Durham Performing Arts Center and Theatre in the Park Present Triangle Rising Star Awards at DPAC

May 1 for Chance to Compete on National Stage

 (Durham, NC) - Durham Performing Arts Center and Theatre in the Park are thrilled to announce the debut of the Triangle Rising Star Awards at DPAC. The Triangle Rising Star Awards is an education initiative to celebrate students who participate and excel with wide ranging talents in their high school musical.

The Triangle Rising Star Awards will select Best actor and Best actress nominees through an audition process from roles they performed in their high school musical in the 2010/2011 season. Students will submit a highlight reel of their 2010/2011 lead role performance in a high school musical production and recent headshot and resume to DPAC by April 15th for a preliminary screening process. The top 20 submissions will be selected and invited back on May 1st to perform audition pieces from these roles where they will be viewed and judged by a selection committee. A Best Actor and Actress will be selected and will be invited to attend the National High School Musical Theater Awards.

“Theatre in the Park is proud to once again partner with the Durham Performing Arts Center and be a part of Triangle Rising Stars. The Triangle is full of talent. Bravo DPAC for giving young actors and actresses an opportunity to showcase that talent,” said Program Marketing Director of Theatre in the Park, Brent Simpson.

The Triangle Rising Star Awards are in conjunction with The National High School Musical Theater Awards which is a national celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater. Established by Nederlander Alliances and Pittsburgh CLO, the program recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance, as well as honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to excellence in performing arts education.

“DPAC is thrilled to be able to offer an amazing nationally recognized educational opportunity to two Triangle students for a chance to experience part of our very own Nederlander sponsored program in New York City the Jimmy Awards™,” stated DPAC Director of Public Relations, Rachel Gragg.

These two top triangle students will have the opportunity to compete in the June 27 National High School Musical Theater Awards at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. The two winners will receive a trip to New York which includes master classes and private coaching from theatre professionals. In addition, they will have the opportunity to be seen by casting agents, meet and converse with Broadway actors, perform on a Broadway stage and compete for scholarships and other prizes.

WHEN: Friday, April 15th, Audition Video Submission Due Date
Sunday, May 1st, 2-4pm: 2011- Final Auditions

WHO: 20 students from Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, or Warren Counties will be selected to audition on May 1st. Each student will sing one song from the role they played in their school’s high school musical.

WHERE: Durham Performing Arts Theatre, 123 Vivian Street, Durham , NC 27701

The third annual National High School Musical Theater Awards will be held on Monday, June 27, 2011 at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway. The show will feature the presentation of the Jimmy Award™ for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor. Rehearsals, master classes and private coaching sessions for all participants will take place from Wednesday, June 22 - through Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Students are to be apprised that they are required to travel to New York City to participate in the 5-6 day event that includes private coaching, auditions, interviews, rehearsals for the opening and closing number of the Jimmy Awards™ show.

HOW: Interested students can download the p...