THE SHOW MUST GO ON! Our nation’s healthcare crisis has heavily impacted local students. Imagine your senior year without prom and graduation. Imagine losing the ability to visit with your friends and run across the finish line with your fellow track team members. Imagine finally getting a lead role and rehearsing for weeks on a school theatre production, only to have it cancelled.
Now in our seventh year, the Monte Awards program is the culmination of a year of work for aspiring musical theatre actors. Produced by Arts Express in partnership with Broadway in Tucson, this program is the Southern Arizona division of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (aka The Jimmy Awards). In a typical year, the Best Actor and Best Actress selected at the Monte Awards receives an all-expense paid trip to New York for a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for the national Jimmy Awards event at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Unfortunately, this year is not typical. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event was cancelled.
HOWEVER, WE FEEL THAT NOW MORE THAN EVER, STUDENTS NEED AN OUTLET TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES ARTISTICALLY, AND RECOGNITION FOR ALL THAT THEY HAVE ACHIEVED.
Using innovative online tools, the Monte Awards will CONTINUE to honor the accomplishments of Southern Arizona schools and students this year.
The program will culminate in a FREE live-stream event on Saturday, May 16th at 6:30 pm. RSVP HERE!
Twenty-nine of our region’s top musical theatre students will participate in this intensive educational program and compete for the title of the Southern Arizona Best Actor and Best Actress.
It is our mission to continue promoting excellence in High School musical theatre through the Monte Awards program. Afterall, through this crisis and beyond, the arts play a HUGE ROLE in maintaining and restoring the health of our community. We are honored to work with a team of top-notch professionals and volunteers that are willing to do what it takes to make this innovative virtual program a success.
Due to the crisis, we do not have the typical program funding and are taking a leap of faith that our generous community will help us make ends meet.
PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN TO SUPPORT THE 2019-20 MONTE AWARDS PROGRAM!