Triangle Rising Stars Scoring And Award Categories


The winners of the below-listed awards are determined by a qualified panel of adjudicators. Two or more judges will attend each production and evaluate the performance. A video of highlights from the applicant’s performance will then 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 video will count for 35% of the total score. Adjudicators use a 0 -10 scoring model when critiquing performances. Sample score sheets are available in the TRS Handbook.

Best Actor & Best Actress Awards

Best Actor and Best Actress awards are provided with $2,000 academic scholarships and will be invited to represent the Triangle Rising Stars in an all-expense paid trip to the National High School Musical Theater Awards program in mid-June of 2018 in New York City. After a week of coaching, auditions, rehearsals and a final performance on Broadway, a handful of students from the elite program will be awarded scholarships and other prizes

Best Ensemble/ Chorus Award

The school with the best ensemble will receive a $1,000 prize. The school best ensemble is one who has the ability to sing with emotional understanding, adequate volume, proper diction, correct pitch and tone, supported breathing and dramatic expression. The best ensemble will have ability to know how their characters support the story and find reasons to be in every scene and song. The best ensemble will have the ability to listen to each other and react accordingly. They should have the ability to demonstrate effective group dynamics and awareness.

Marchael Bayne’s Best Musical Award

The school who wins the Best Musical award will receive a $1,000 prize. This school’s musical should have ability to showcase the diverse talents of the performers. The school’s musical should have ability to have a theme evident through music, movements, props and costumes. This school will be recognized for producing quality high school musical theater.

Triangle Shining Star Award

Triangle Shining Star Award is a new award this year sponsored by Crabtree Valley Mall. The winner of this award is selected not by the panel of TRS adjudicators, but by the top 20 finalists themselves. The award will go to the student who exhibits positivity and an enthusiastic spirit in all TRS related activities as well as in interactions with other finalists. The winner of this award will receive a $250 shopping spree at Crabtree Valley Mall.

Best Dancer Award

New this season! One of the top 20 finalists will be recognized as Best Dancer during the live awards ceremony. This person will be determined during a dance audition during the workshop weekend. Sponsored by American Dance Festival (ADF), the winner of this award will receive a class card for complimentary dance classes at ADF studios and two complimentary passes to a 2019 ADF performance.