Heads Up: Sean Gardner, '17, and Maya Mathews, '17, Receive Theatre Awards

Congratulations to Sean Gardner on receiving the Omaha Performing Arts' Nebraska High School Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management. Maya Mathews is one of six finalists for The Broadway League's National High School Musical Theatre Award and the chance to participate in New York this summer.

The winners will receive their awards at the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Holland Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the Showcase are $10 general admission. To reserve tickets, contact the Ticket Omaha Box Office at 402.345.0606 or visit

Modeled after the Tony Awards, this red carpet event will feature performances by more than 350 students from 60 Nebraska schools, with awards for outstanding productions, top ensembles and performers, and artistic excellence behind-the-scenes.

Representatives from all participating schools will perform in the awards opening and closing numbers. All showcase performers will work with leading local musicians and a professional Broadway choreographer during the week leading up to the awards.

The lead actor and actress selected to participate in the Broadway League's 2017 National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York will be announced at the awards showcase. The 12 finalists will perform a special number in the showcase. The 20 winners for Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role will have a chance to perform in an interschool medley at the showcase.

Now in its fourth year, the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards program has expanded to schools from Omaha to North Platte with nearly 6,000 students participating this year. Omaha Performing Arts will expand the program next year to accept up to 70 schools across the state of Nebraska. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year opens online at in August 2017.