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Our goal is to create a magical and exciting evening like that of The Tony Awards, thrilling the audience and the student participants alike. A full house of 2,100 is expected for this gala evening in the Belk Theater, the home of the PNC Broadway Lights Series. A professional music composer/conductor from New York, David Dabbon, will arrange and orchestrate all of the music performed for the evening and direct the pit orchestra made up of 17 professional musicians as well as the students performing on stage.

The performances will be comprised of one live number from each of the six finalists for the Wells Fargo Best Musical Award (like the Tonys) and performances by the finalists for Best Actor and Best Actress.

In addition to students nominated for Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress, each participating school will provide two students, a boy and a girl, to participate in the awards ceremony’s opening and closing numbers.

Between performances, winners in all 14 categories will be announced with local celebrities presenting the awards to the winners.  


The Awards will be given for excellence in the following categories: 

Best Musical
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Featured Performer
Best Ensemble/Chorus
Best Student Orchestra
Best Choreography Execution
Best Overall Direction
Best Costume Creation
Best Set Construction

Technical Achievement Award
The Charlotte Observer Student Critic Award