Spotlight Awards for Local High Schools

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Come out and support local high school musical theater students who'll be recognized at a special ceremony at TPAC this Saturday.

Lipscomb University and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) team up to present the Fourth Annual Spotlight Awards on Saturday, May 13 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.

The Spotlight Awards recognize excellence in local high school musical theater programs. The program currently includes 30 high schools in Middle Tennessee, including Hillsboro High School, Brentwood High School, Davidson Academy, St. Cecilia Academy, Ensworth School, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Ravenwood High School, Lipscomb Academy, Father Ryan High School and others.

A diverse group of judges — including Lipscomb faculty, TPAC staff and Nashville area theater professionals — have attended performances since October 2016 and given evaluations with feedback.

The Spotlight Awards on Saturday follow a full day of workshops on subjects like improv acting, dance, audition technique and more. Nashville-based performers Miles and Erica Aubrey lead the workshops and serve as co-hosts of the awards ceremony. The couple boasts a range of Broadway, TV, film and music credits.

The Spotlight Awards are set up as a Tony Awards-style ceremony where the top 10 schools will perform, and students will receive a variety of awards.

This year, TPAC brings new resources and opportunities to the program with the goal of helping it grow in scope and impact with the help of TPAC Education staff and its connections to the theater industry in New York. TPAC’s relationship with The Broadway League, the national trade organization of the Broadway industry, will allow the two students receiving the Best Male Actor and Best Female Actor Spotlight Awards to travel to New York next month to participate in The Jimmy Awards, the national high school musical theater awards program.

The Spotlight Awards are open to the public. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 – $15, available at

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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