Tue, Mar 23

DPAC Presents Triangle Rising Stars Virtual Showcase and Awards Show

DPAC is proud to invite high school students from across Central and Eastern North Carolina to participate in the first ever Triangle Rising Stars Virtual Showcase and Awards Show.  A qualifying competition for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA), this exceptional regional event will take place virtually May 20, 2020.


Students may now fill out a Triangle Rising Stars Application Form to be considered for Best Actor or Best Actress.  All details regarding the application process can be found here.  DPAC encourages all local students who are interested to apply.  This year’s virtual ceremony makes participation more accessible to a wider range of schools and their students.  The deadline to submit an application form is Monday, April 5th, 2021.


Triangle Rising Stars is open to public and private high schools students in the Triangle and surrounding areas.  To be eligible for the 2021 virtual ceremony, all students must choose a role from a musical on a list of qualified productions provided by The Broadway League.  The current qualifying lead roles can be found at nhsmta.com or by clicking here.

Triangle Rising Stars


Triangle Rising Stars recognizes the outstanding achievements of area high school students and their musical theatre productions.  The top-20 finalists will perform select songs for a chance to be named the Triangle Rising StarsBest Actor and Best Actress.


Triangle native and singer/actor, Clay Aiken will once again return as guest host.  With years of experience stretching from the world’s concert stages to Broadway, Aiken brings a diverse repertoire of skills and knowledge to this host role, further enhancing the experience for each participant and guest.


Triangle Rising Stars is made possible with support from our community partners, which include McGregor Hall, Root Media, and Honest Pint Theatre Co.


“I am excited by the incredible inclusiveness that a virtual Triangle Rising Stars will offer our community,” says Megan Rindoks, Community Engagement Manager at DPAC. “This year, students who might not have a theater program at their schools will be able to apply, and students will not be limited by the musical production that their school selects.  I cannot wait to meet these talented theater students this spring and watch them shine!”


As the official Central and Eastern North Carolina qualifying event for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA), Triangle Rising Stars Best Actor and Actress winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and are invited to compete in the virtual national competition in late June/early July of 2021. 


National Competition


The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) is the year-end culmination of awards programs across the country presented by dozens of professional theatre organizations just like DPAC. Finalists competing in the national virtual ceremony were first named Best Actress or Best Actor at a regional competition, representing over 40 cities.


Prior to the virtual National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) ceremony, participants experience a week of private coaching, auditions and rehearsals with theatre professionals. Their week’s journey concludes with a panel of industry experts selecting exceptional students for The Jimmy® for Best Performance by an Actress and Actor. Students receive opportunities for merit scholarships, professional advancement, and other prizes. The Jimmy Award is named in honor of James M. Nederlander, legendary Broadway theatre owner and producer.



Mirroring the mission of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, Triangle Rising Stars (TRS) is a regional celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theatre that recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance, and honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to performing arts education. TRS focuses much needed attention on the meaningful work being done by dedicated teachers and students with wide ranging talents on and off the stage, engages families in the activities of their children, ignites new partnerships between theatres and the schools in their area, and contributes to the development of future audiences for live performing arts in communities across Central and Eastern North Carolina.


For more information about the Triangle Rising Stars, visit: https://www.dpacnc.com/community/triangle-rising-stars   


For more information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards/ JimmyAwards, visit: http://nhsmta.com