Rules & Registration
Registration for the 2017-18 Shuler Awards season is now full. Please check back summer 2018 regarding next season's registration!
Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All subsequent applicants will be added to a waiting list in order of receipt. Waiting list applicants will be admitted to the official participant list upon the withdrawal of a registered applicant.
Eligible schools must adhere to the following:
- All participating schools must pay a nonrefundable program fee of $150.
- High School must be located in the state of Georgia.
- Musical productions must take place between October 6, 2017 and March 18, 2018*.
- Schools must participate in a Director's Orientation on Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m.
To be adjudicated, a musical production qualifies if it is a full-length musical listed on the current National High School Musical Awards Qualifying Role list**.
*Due to resources, The Shuler Awards will only accept 15 schools for each of the last two weekends, March 8-11 and March 15-18, 2018. The first 15 schools to submit their dates for each of these two weekends, will receive those dates.
**Please Note: Grease is not considered an approved musical for the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, even though it is listed on the attached form as approved.
The 2018 Awards Show will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Cobb Energy Centre.
The Adjudication Process
Adjudicators evaluate how each participating high school musical meets or exceeds its potential, utilizing its available resources. Each musical is evaluated and scored against itself for consideration, rather than against all other school productions, charging schools to create the best possible work in their unique circumstance and environment. The Shuler Hensley Awards Category Criteria for Excellence provides suggestions and helpful ideas for what Shuler Hensley Awards adjudicators may consider excellent, which would be an eight (8) on the Shuler rating scale.
Each school receives comments on their production within 30 days of the evaluated musical. Schools also receive their scores after the Awards Ceremony in April. Feedback is intended to serve as an educational tool for directors and students, not strictly a review or critique. It is up to the discretion of the director to share these reports with their students, creative staff or administration but often all of those involved in the production will view the adjudicator feedback.
Only High School Students (grades 9-12) registered at a participating high school and Faculty Members employed by the participating high school or middle/elementary school that feeds to the participating high school (full or part-time) are eligible for individual categories.
Only award Eligible high school students are considered for the five acting award categories.
Guest artists, parents, volunteers, K-8 students, homeschool students or anyone other than award eligible students and faculty, do not qualify for individual category awards. However, those who are not award eligible will be evaluated and scored, and considered for the Overall Production category.
￼The Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards encourage participating schools to use readily available school resources, faculty and students. The use of a person (e.g. professional / guest artist) other than a full-time, high school faculty member and/or registered student in grades 9-12, will disqualify the school from that category.