The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to the High School Tony Awards aka The Jimmies.

You thought the award season was over, didn’t you?

Not yet, mon freres, not yet.

Next Monday night is the most exciting show in town . . . The Jimmies!

Named after the head of the Nederlander family, The Jimmies were created to recognize excellence in high school theater across the country.  You can read all about them here.

If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you’ll remember that I went last year, and had a blast.  It’s so much fun seeing the future of what we do singing and dancing in front of your eyes.

This one isn’t televised, but guess what?  We can get you in!

This week’s Sunday Giveaway is two tickets to The Jimmies.  How do you win?

Let’s give some shout outs to all those high school drama teachers out there that are so instrumental in the development of young careers and young lives.

Comment below (or email subscribers click here) with the name of your high school drama teacher and a little thank you (as if you were giving your own Jimmy acceptance speech), and I’ll pick a random winner this Saturday.

I’ll start:  To Mr. Amadio and Mr. Turgeon, who gave me a home after I quit the basketball team (in a scene more dramatic than anythng in High School Musical), and who showed me that just because everyone else was going one way, didn’t mean I had to follow.

Your turn!  And good luck to all the kids up for a Jimmy!


(Got a comment?  I love ’em, so comment below!  Email subscribers, click here, then scroll down, to say what’s on your mind!)



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  • Susan says:

    Shout out to Carl Mercier. He is the man who sparked a passion for theater in my child and hundreds of others here in the quiet corner of NE Connecticut.

  • Jacob Porter says:

    Monique Williams changed my lfe and made me a better person. It wasn’t just the great shows she put on but the relationships she made with everyone in them. She is AWESOME

  • Ellie says:

    Endless thanks to my High School drama teacher, Amy Geiger who showed us how to be truly professional while still spreading irresistible joy and playfulness. She is the true meaning of “Warm fuzzies”. Both she and my middle school drama teacher, David Fritsch have changed me forever and I will never be able to thank them enough.

  • Doug says:

    Mr. Stephen Hailey – you were the spark and the sparkle for many a young performer!

  • Saray says:

    To Mrs. Hench, who replaced Mr. Amadio (yep, I’m a Crofter!): Thank you for continually challenging me by not giving me what I wanted. By asking me to play roles I’d never considered, you showed me that I could push myself to do things outside of my comfort zone, and do them well. I am never afraid to try something new, and that’s because she showed me how.

  • Sabra says:

    Thank you to Susan Hurwitz for making PTG the amazing thing that it is

  • I thank Mr. Pugh who came up to me years ago between classes and said “you’re going to be in the Play this year”. I am always glad I said “ok”. That intro to the Theatre was long ago and far away but today I am a Playwright/Lyricist/Producer and I have shows in development and will soon have shows up in London and NYC! Thanks Mr. Pugh where ever you may be…’s all your fault!!

  • Tracey says:

    I would like to shout out to Barbara Brand, who was my middle school music teacher in South Ozone Park, Queens, NY. She inspired me to love all kinds of music as she especially exposed me to some wonderful musical theater in those short two years (in the mid-80’s)such as, A Chorus Line, Cats and some fabulous Cole Porter classics. She solidified my love for musical theater and she is what has inspired me still today to continue my education so I can work with children and instill their love for theater as I had. I also want to add that I was an evaluator for the NJ Rising stars competition and would love to see the two representatives of NJ at the Jimmy Awards!

  • Michael L. says:

    To Mrs. Alice Gold from Martin Van Buren H.S. in Queens, who bumped me up from the Porter to Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, when the actor who had the role broke his arm. This accident was the beginning of my lifelong relationship with (and career in) the theatre. And I still remember how to sing “Lullabye Baby” in Chinese, 35 years later.

  • Eric says:

    To Sheila Silver, who has turned around SO many young lives with the power of theatre. Not only leading her students by fostering excellent theatre and teaching them professionalism, she truly inspires them to become better individuals while pushing and supporting them to exceed in their creative field. Her generosity and support are unmatchable.
    I speak (or should I say, type), from first-hand experience. =)

  • Erin says:

    Mrs. Marjorie Popp showed me that you can be both my toughest and my favorite teacher at the same time. She treated us as true professionals, and had high expectations of our acting and behavior in general, and I can’t thank her enough for giving me in high school what many people don’t encounter until they reach a professional stage.

  • Marybeth says:

    To Ms. Mauraldo, who cast me as one of the leads in Our Town even though I was a sophomore and almost every else in the cast was an upperclassman. It was the best three months of my entire time at high school.

  • Jen says:

    Mr. Mike Perrotta. You spent endless hours rehearsing and putting up some of Shakespeare’s most famous works. I can never thank you enough for transforming me into a confident actor who was able to successfully be admitted to undergraduate theatre programs. Your endless hours of rehearsal seemed tedious back in high school, but I owe you so much for the professionalism you taught me. Thank you for inspiring me!

  • Kristyn says:

    To Barbara Morash who taught me to follow my heart and my dreams. Thank you for your love, guidance, and constant support. I would not be where I am today without you! Thanks for always believing in me and teaching me to believe in myself!

  • Amanda S. says:

    To Brad Frey, Thank you for teaching me discipline by banging on your piano every day. Thank you for teaching me that my versatility is limitless by casting me–a white Jewish girl–as an Indian man and a black mother. Thank you for finally letting me play the part I truly wanted (Woman 2 in “Songs for a New World”) and thank you for teaching me that you don’t need to be a star to shine.

  • says:

    I wish to thank all my h.s music and theatre teachers, particularly Mr. Felicetti at John Adams H.S./New York City Dept. of Educ. These teachers inspired me to live a life filled with performing arts; and to also become a teacher in the NYCDOE, about which I’ve been doing for 22 years now!

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