ArtsBridge Announces High Schools Participating in 2017 Shuler Awards

This week ArtsBridge Foundation announced the names of 75 schools from 28 counties who will participate in the 2017 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards - Shuler Hensley Awards.

This year-long professional development program, which culminates in a televised awards show and showcases the next generation of Georgia's musical theatre talent, will be presented at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on April 20, 2017. Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) will air the awards show live on its nine-station statewide television network.

"This is the largest number of schools we've ever had participate." states Natalie Barrow, Director of Arts Education and Community Outreach, ArtsBridge Foundation. "Our media partner GPB is helping us raise our visibility across the state, so we are able to reach more high school theatre programs and provide more opportunities for students and schools to participate."

Here is the list of schools participating in the 2017 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards: Adairsville High School, Allatoona High School, Alpharetta High School, Atlanta Girls' School, Brookstone School, Buford High School, Calhoun High School, Cambridge High School, Chamblee Charter High School, Chattahoochee High School, Decatur High School, Douglas County High School, Dunwoody High School, East Paulding High School, Forsyth Central High School, Gainesville High School, Glynn Academy, Gordon Central High School, Greater Atlanta Christian School, Greenbrier High School, Heritage High School, Hillgrove High School, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Johns Creek High School, Johnson High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kings Ridge Christian School, Lakeside High School, Lakeview Academy, Lambert High School, Landmark Christian School, Lowndes High School, Marietta High School, McIntosh High School, Mill Creek High School, Milton High School, Mount Paran Christian School, Mountain View High School, Newton High School, North Cobb Christian School, North Forsyth High School, North Gwinnett High School, North Springs Charter High School, Northgate High School, Northview High School, Pace Academy, Parkview High School, Pope High School, Prince Avenue Christian School, Providence Christian Academy, Rabun County High School, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Riverwood International Charter School, Roswell High School, Salem High School, Sandy Creek High School, Savannah Arts Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Shiloh High School, South Forsyth High School, Starr's Mill High School, Stilwell School of the Arts, The Lovett School, The Walker School, Tri-Cities High School, Trinity Christian School, Veterans High School, Walton High School, Wesleyan School, West Forsyth High School, Wheeler High School, Whitefield Academy, Whitewater High School, Woodland High School and Woodstock High School.

Theatre production evaluations will be conducted between October 7, 2016 and March 19, 2017 by over 60 Georgia-based theatre professionals. They will evaluate productions in 17 award categories including: Overall Production, Ensemble, Show Stopper, Leading Actress and Actor, Supporting Actress and Actor, Featured Performer, Direction, Sound, Costume Design, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Technical Execution, Orchestra, Music Direction and Choreography.

Modeled after Broadway's Tony Awards, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards - Shuler Hensley Awards celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre. The Awards are named in honor of actor/singer and Georgia native, Shuler Hensley, winner of the prestigious Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award. The Shulers are a part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards - The Jimmy Nederlander Awards.

ArtsBridge Foundation is dedicated to providing quality arts education and community programs that engage, motivate, inspire, and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters. ArtsBridge provides arts education opportunities to students in grades K-12 through programs at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre including Field Trips, Master Classes, a Family Series, and the annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards - The Shuler Hensley Awards. Since inception in 2007, ArtsBridge has served more than 300,000 students and educators from 49 Georgia counties, plus students from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina. ArtsBridge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To learn more, visit

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