Tuesday, May 16

In 2011, DPAC established Triangle Rising Stars, a regional qualifying event as part of The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA). 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 theatre students from Central and Eastern North Carolina to perform and compete for the chance to represent DPAC in the national finals in New York City each summer.

Throughout the school year judges from DPAC, Theatre in the Park, Playmakers Repertory Theater, and WTVD ABC 11 attend high school musical theatre productions across the region. Twenty regional finalists are then selected to attend a weekend retreat and compete with the best of their peers, culminating with the Triangle Rising Stars showcase and awards show at DPAC each June.

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 an all-expense paid trip to the NHSMTA program in New York City. The National Awards program takes place at Nederlander's Minskoff Theatre, home theatre for Disney's The Lion King. In total, over 30 regional competitions send finalists to New York representing the best High School musical theater students nationwide that participate.

Student performers all across the U.S. compete in the national program by winning top honors at regional high school musical theatre awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers just like DPAC. Over 1,000 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events. Since its inception in 2009, the NHSMTA has enabled over $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships to be awarded to talented students at the national and local level—several of whom have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions.

NHSMTA nominees will prepare for their Broadway debut during a ten-day professional training intensive with NYU Tisch School of the Arts' New Studio on Broadway faculty members plus other theatre professionals.

Winners are selected by a panel of judges comprised of notable theatre professionals including Tony Award-winning producers and award-winning casting experts.

Founded in 2009 by Nederlander Alliances LLC, Pittsburgh CLO, and Broadway Education Alliance (BEA), NHSMTA's mission is to raise the profile of musical theatre in schools, recognize dedicated teachers and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. Also known as The Jimmy™ Awards, in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theatre owner James M. Nederlander, the NHSMTA is supported by many leading theatre industry organizations. More information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards can be found at NHSMTA.COM.

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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.


Wake County, Apex High School: Livia Marsden (Rosalind, 9 to 5)
Wake County, Cary High School: Allie Jessee (Baker’s Wife, Into the Woods)
Durham County, Durham Academy: Lily Tendler (Amalia, She Loves Me)
Durham County, Durham Academy: Ellie Dusek (Ilona Ritter, She Loves Me)
Alamance County, Eastern Alamance High School: Caroline Segars (Godmother, Cinderella)
Wake County, Millbrook High School: Gabrielle Goodman (Morticia, The Addams Family)
Wake County, Panther Creek High School: Kaylee Terrell (Elle Woods, Legally Blonde)
Wake County, Ravenscroft School: Gabrielle Phillips (Millie, Thoroughly Modern Millie)
Wake County, Southeast Raleigh High School: Taria Daughtridge (Adelaide, Guys & Dolls)
Wake County, St. Thomas More Academy: Paulette Perez (Aida, Aida)
Chatham County, Jordan-Matthews High School: Jasmine Brower (Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof)
Wake County, Wakefield High School: Cameron Ransome (Nancy, Oliver)

TRIANGLE RISING STARS BEST ACTOR FINALISTS:                                                                                                                            

Wake County, Cary High School: Chris Inhulsen (Baker, Into the Woods)
Durham County, C.E. Jordan High School: Brandon Martin (Prof. Callahan, Legally Blonde)
Johnston County, Clayton High School: Nicholas Kraft (Frank Jr., Catch Me If You Can)
Durham County, Durham Academy: Niall Schroder (Georg, She Loves Me)
Wake County, Heritage High School: Jacob Phipps (Ren, Footloose)
Durham County, Hillside High School: Jordan Jarmon (Scarecrow, The Wiz)
Wake County, Holly Springs High School: Ethan Baker (Raoul, The Phantom of the Opera)
Wake County, Millbrook High School: Carson Weddle (Gomez, The Addams Family)
Chatham County, Northwood High School: Connor Lewis (The Minstrel, Once Upon a Mattress)
Chatham County, Northwood High School: Andrew Bonomolo (The Jester, Once Upon a Mattress)
Wake County, Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School: Adam Greene (Nicely-Nicely, Guys & Dolls)
Wake County, Wakefield High School: Jared Scott (Fagen, Oliver)

Into the Woods, Cary High School
She Loves Me, Durham Academy
Aida, Enloe High School
Footloose, Heritage High School

Oliver, Wakefield High School
Catch Me If You Can, Clayton High School
Bring It On: The Musical, Leesville Road High School
Guys & Dolls, Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School

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.