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Giving Back Profiles: Overture Center for the Arts (Madison, WI)

Tommy Awards recognize excellence in High School Musical Theater

The Alliant Energy Foundation is thrilled to support Overture Center for the Arts’ Tommy Awards program through a $5,000 community grant. The Tommy Awards are an innovative program that set the stage to showcase the creative spirit, energy and talents of aspiring musical theater students.

Tommy AwardsThe Alliant Energy Foundation’s community grants program not only contributes to arts and culture, but also targets human needs, education, civic and the environment. Grants are awarded to initiatives and programs that address community needs and benefit a large number of people.

First implemented in the 2009-2010 season, Overture’s Tommy Awards is an education initiative that honors and celebrates excellence in musical theater among area high school students. Twenty three participating schools and one Community Theater had their musicals reviewed by a panel of educators, theater experts and industry professionals. Based on the reviewers’ comments and tabulations, productions and individuals received awards in specific categories at a ceremony held at Overture Center on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

The ceremony featured performances and production numbers from award winners in several categories. Approximately 350 students performed and over 90 awards were distributed.

Tommy AwardsAdditionally, Tommy Awards students had opportunities to participate in other musical theater-related events held at Overture throughout the school year including Broadway workshops in acting, dance, music and stage combat. Students interested in journalism and writing were encouraged to apply for the Student Critics Program, a component of the Tommy’s which aims to foster critical thinking and writing skills.

The Tommy Awards and Broadway workshops bring students of musical theater together from a range of participating schools across the state, which establishes a positive network for students to interact, collaborate and compete in a healthy environment.

(photo courtesy of Mark Frohna)