Triangle Rising Stars

In 2009, the Nederlanders established The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) nicknamed "The Jimmy Awards," in honor of Jimmy Nederlander, Sr. This national competition celebrates outstanding student performances in high school musical productions across the United States. Triangle Rising Stars is the regional competition that brings together high school musical theater students from Central and Eastern North Carolina to perform and compete for the chance to represent the Triangle in the national finals in New York City each summer.

Throughout the school year judges from DPAC, Theatre in the Park, and WTVD ABC 11 attend High School Musical Theater productions across the region. Regional finalists are then selected to attend a weekend retreat with their peers, culminating with the Triangle Rising Stars awards show at DPAC. Awards in this regional competition include Best Actor and Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Musical, and more. The Triangle Rising Stars Best Actress and Best Actor receive $1,000 academic scholarships and are invited to represent the Triangle in an all-expense paid trip to the NHSMTA program in New York City. In New York, they are immersed in a week of professional coaching from Broadway directors, actors, actresses, vocal coaches, and choreographers. The National Awards program takes place at Nederlander's Minskoff Theatre, home theatre for Disney's The Lion King. In total, 30 regional competitions send finalists to New York representing the best High School musical theater students from 1,000 high schools nationwide that participate.

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Tue, May 16, 2017 • 7:00 PM


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Please note that all guests require a ticket, regardless of age. Children must be able to sit quietly in their own seat without disturbing other guests.

Camera Policy

No flash photography allowed. Cameras with detachable lens are not allowed into the building.

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time.

Event Schedule

6:00pm- Lobby Doors & Seating Area Opens
7:00pm- Performance Begins

The performance is 1 hour and 30 minutes long with no intermission.

*Please note all times are approximate and subject to change.

Safety First - Bag Check

For your safety, all guests and their bags are subject to inspection before entry. This inspection may include the use of metal detectors. Restricted items include, but are not limited to, Alcohol, Cameras, Glass Bottles, and Weapons of any kind. In addition, we will also now restrict backpacks and any oversized bags larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 10 inches (about the size of a standard milk crate). Safety first is our goal. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback at [email protected].

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All performances scheduled at DPAC normally take place as planned. For more information on our inclement weather policy, please visit INCLEMENT WEATHER FAQ.