The Tommy Tune Awards Program celebrates the educational value, artistry, and community of high school musical theatre in the Greater Houston area through adjudication, healthy competition, and creative programming. This program offers an opportunity for students and educators to share their creative accomplishments while instilling in young people the value of engaging in the performing arts as a lifelong pursuit.
Every year, Houston area High Schools produce a full-length musical in order to compete in 15 categories: Leading Actor, Leading Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Featured Performer, Ensemble, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Stage Crew & Technical Execution, Orchestra, Musical Direction, Choreography, Direction, and Overall Best Musical.
Each school is adjudicated by a team of volunteer Adjudicators who are professional Houston-based performers, directors, designers, musicians, arts educators, etc. (Who are the Tommy Tune Adjudicators?) Productions are evaluated in each category based on a 100 point scale rubric. This process runs from October to March, and the top scores are nominated and announced mid-March. For more information about the process, please check out our the Schools Page.
Program Vision Statement and Core Values
The Tommy Tune Awards Program celebrates the educational value, artistry, and community of high school musical theatre in the Greater Houston area.
Education: No matter your role in the creative process, experiences in the arts cultivate confidence, spark creative thinking, and inspire life-long learning.
Artistry: The arts are a safe haven for exploration, reflection, and innovation. The Tommy Tune Awards is an opportunity for students and educators to share their creative accomplishments as individuals, as collaborators, and as members of the greater Houston community.
Community: We believe in the power of learning, collaborating, and growing together. As we celebrate our shared experience of musical theatre, we as an artistic and educational community enhance the future of our students, our art, and our city.
Tommy Tune Awards Facts & Figures:
•Each year approximately 3500 students participate in the Tommy Tune Awards Program.
•146 number of college scholarships, totaling $454,000 have been awarded to Houston’s young performers, designers, musicians, directors, and playwrights.
•20 students have participated in the Jimmy Awards. For more information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards and the Jimmy Awards, please go to: jimmyawards.com.
Theatre Under The Stars acts as the administrative body of the Tommy Tune Awards, coordinating school and adjudicating schedules, facilitating the scholarship award process, and producing the awards show.