Recognizing the best in Colorado high school musical theatre. REGISTER NOW
The Bobby G Awards, named for Broadway touring pioneer Robert Garner, is both a local high school musical theatre celebration and a participant in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards
every spring in New York City.
Private and public high school musical theatre programs in Colorado are invited to have their shows adjudicated by professional theatre experts. Participating schools receive detailed feedback on their musical production and may be nominated for the annual awards show, modeled after the Tony Awards and held in The Buell Theatre.
The awards ceremony includes performances from all shows nominated for Outstanding Overall Production and a medley featuring all nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Leading Role. Students and educators also are honored in the areas of performance, design, direction, choreography, technical production and overall production excellence. And, the male and female winners for Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Leading Role will travel to New York to represent Colorado at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Schools will also receive discounted tickets and a Q&A session with cast and crew members at a select performance of an upcoming DCPA Broadway performance at The Buell, and one personal master class session with an Education theatre teacher. CONGRATULATIONS 2015 NOMINEES VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
We need musical theatre experts to evaluate The Bobby G Awards' participating schools every spring semester.
2015/2016 Adjudicator Job Description
In early 2013, Denver Center Attractions launched The Bobby G Awards, a regional area program for the National High School Musical Awards, to encourage and honor excellence in the production of local high school musical theatre. Adjudicators attended performances of local high school musical theatre productions and completed thorough response forms consisting of appropriate recognition, praise, and constructive criticism. Adjudicators also provide scores in various performance and production categories. The scores helped create a list of Nominations that were announced in May; followed by a Tony Awards style ceremony where nominees performed and the final award recipients were announced.
In our first three seasons, the list of adjudicators included some of the areas incredible talents: As we head into our fourth year, we are hoping to expand the pool of adjudicators to include even more of the wonderful artists the Colorado theatre community has to offer and we hope that you will consider applying!
If you are interested, here are a few things to know about the position:
All adjudicators should hold degrees in relevant fields (music, theatre, dance, etc.) and/or have extensive work experience in one of those disciplines on a professional or academic basis and/or are professional artists or educators with wide knowledge of the American Musical Theatre canon. All candidates must have excellent writing skills with the ability to effectively communicate their impressions and evaluate production elements and student performances in a constructive manner.
Please submit your resume and a written example of a design and performance evaluation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All newly hired adjudicators must have an email address to receive communications. Only applicants with computer literacy, especially in MS Word, adobe reader and Internet access will be considered.
In addition, all adjudicators must attend:
- Adjudication training.
- High school musicals on the weekends during the course of the competition:September 9, 2015 – April 23, 2016
- The number of assignments will ultimately depend on the availability of the adjudicators, number of participating schools and their performance dates.
A stipend of $50 per adjudicated show is paid to adjudicators.
All participating schools provide complimentary tickets to their musicals for adjudicators.
Tickets to the 2016 Bobby G Awards Ceremony on May 26, 2016 at the Buell Theatre will also be provided.
Interested individuals should email email@example.com.
Get started on your application for the 2015/16 Bobby G Awards! REGISTER NOW
This application is a combination of an online form and additional supplemental information. To complete the online click the button below ** Please note registration will close after we reach our 35-application maximum. Schools registering after this will be added to the wait list. **
Schools will receive an email confirmation if your application is accepted within 72 hours of your application submittal. If schools do not receive an email receipt confirmation within 72 hours, they should assume there was trouble transmitting the application and should contact our office immediately at CCarson@dcpa.org
. Do not assume that we have received any documents that we have not specifically confirmed. Registration Fee
In addition to submitting the application digitally via the online form, all applicants must provide a $200 registration fee per school. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and all registration fees go directly back into funding and growing the program. Payments will be accepted electronically
following the completion of the online form.
If your school does not allow electronic payments checks or money orders are accepted and should be made payable to “Denver Center Attractions.” School Purchase Order Forms will be accepted as an indication of payment and must be received by The Bobby G Awards within ten (10) business days of receipt of the application.
Send check, money order, or school purchase orders to:
Denver Center for the Performing Arts-Education
Attn: The Bobby G Awards
1101 13th St
Denver, CO 80204 REGISTER NOW
Once your online registration is received you will receive a Participation Packet which will include the REQUIRED supplemental registration forms which includes:
- School and production information form
- Budget form
- Social media/press form
- Cast and Crew list - The Bobby G Awards office is 100% dependent upon your school’s cast/crew list for accurate information regarding the correct spelling for the students and faculty involved.
These forms are due within three (3) weeks of application acceptance but no later than April 23rd, 2016
Rules and Regulations
School and Production Information Form
Cast and Crew List
Social Media/Press Form
Appeals Submission Form Qualifying Role
Outstanding Special Achievement Nomination Form
Request for Financial Assistance of Registration Fees
Awards Consent Form Support Material Packing Slip
Production Support Application
Frequently asked questions about The Bobby G Awards
There is an online registration application available for the 2015/16 season starting Aug 19, 2015. Along with a digital application, each school will need to provide a one-time $200 application fee.
We will accept the first 35 schools to complete their application.
Entered productions must be presented between Sep 9, 2015-Apr 24, 2016. If your show falls outside of those dates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org explaining your situation. Exceptions will be provided on a case-by-case basis and all decisions are final.
Yes. List the performance dates and/or show title as "TBA" on the application. Update Claudia Carson at email@example.com as soon as you have this information confirmed. Do not delay in sending the application.
For 2015/16 we will accept the first 35 schools to complete their registration.
Once applications have been reviewed, our staff will email you within 72 hours to notify you that you have been accepted pending receipt of your $200 application fee.
Please contact Claudia Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, but you must choose only one cast, the Designated Cast, to represent your school. That cast should appear in at least two separate performances.
Yes, provided the forms arrive at DCPA within 10 business days of the application being accepted.
Yes, provided the check arrives at DCPA within 10 business days of the application being accepted. Mail your check to:
Denver Center for the Performing Arts-Education
Attn: The Bobby G Awards
1101 13th Street
Denver, CO 80204
No. The Bobby G Awards sends adjudicators to attend one of your performances at your venue.
The Bobby G Awards will contact your designated representative by email at least seven days prior to your first show to reserve tickets for the adjudicators assigned to your school. You will be contacted by phone only if an email address is not provided.
We will send four adjudicators to each school.
We will ask for a maximum of eight tickets over the course of your entire run. To be conservative, hold eight per performance, but if that is not feasible, holding four tickets per performance should be sufficient because we will rarely send more than two adjudicators (and their guests) to the same performance. When possible, we strive to send adjudicators to various performances throughout the run of your show (schedules permitting).
Seating should be in pairs of two per reservation (for the adjudicator and guest); however seating locations are at the sole discretion of the participating school. Adjudicators are not required to be seated together should more than one attend the same performance. If your school has general admission seating and you choose to hold seats for the adjudicators (not required), please note that roping off a section by placing signs saying "Bobby G Award Adjudicator" on the seats is strongly discouraged. Participating schools should allow the adjudicators to attend performances anonymously, so that they can fairly evaluate the production without lobbying from cast members' families and friends.
Although we offer our adjudicators a small stipend, they are essentially dedicated volunteers with other family, work, and theatrical commitments. On occasion they may be suddenly unable to attend a scheduled show for valid reasons. They are asked to keep us informed of any delays or problems they may experience in fulfilling their commitment to The Bobby G Awards program.
If we get the news beforehand that an adjudicator cannot make a scheduled show, we will attempt to contact the school representative to make other arrangements, including scheduling another performance for the adjudicator or making reservations for an alternate adjudicator. If the situation requires, we will attempt to send an alternate adjudicator and ask that person to buy tickets, which will be reimbursed by The Bobby G Awards.
It may be possible that an adjudicator did indeed attend the show without bringing a guest, thus picking up only one ticket of the held pair. Adjudicators are asked to inform the box office upon arrival that any unused tickets may be released for sale; however in the frenzy of the moment they may neglect to do so.
Please email email@example.com if you are unsure that an adjudicator attended the show.
If, due to unforeseen circumstances, only three of the four assigned adjudicators are able to attend and an alternate is unavailable or no performances remain, The Bobby G Awards staff will average the scores received from the remaining three adjudicators assigned to that production.
If, due to unforeseen circumstances, more than two or more adjudicators fail to attend an assigned performance and alternates are unavailable or no performances remain, rendering a fair assessment of the production impossible, the school will regrettably be withdrawn from the competition and the application fee will be refunded in full.
While all of our adjudicators are working, experienced theatre experts with professional standards, each one is required to attend a training session to familiarize themselves with our evaluation criteria and standards. Adjudicators use a form called the Performance Response Form to assess your production. In this form, adjudicators provide detailed, insightful comments on the various aspects of your production's high points, as well as identifying areas for improvement. This form is quite extensive and asks for responses to different aspects of individual performances, each technical and design elements, and overall production merits. They are also asked to submit a separate sheet with a numerical score for elements of the production that meet certain criteria for excellence in performance and production categories. Categories are listed in the Rules and Guidelines document. A copy of a blank Performance Response Form with rubric used by Adjudicators will be sent to you along with a list of participating schools after all registration form and fees have been received.
We will first examine the numerical scores from all four adjudicators who see your school's production. After examining these scores, The Bobby G Awards staff will review the adjudicator's written comments, along with the support material submitted by the schools themselves. Nominations will be formed based on all of these materials. All decisions by The Bobby G Awards office are final.
A list of final nominations will be posted on the About section. The list will also be emailed to all of the participating schools.
The Bobby G Awards strives to send copies of the adjudicators' detailed comments as soon as possible following your show. Forms are emailed on a rolling basis. Please note some factors when considering the timeliness of your school's report:
- Adjudicators have seven days to submit their Performance Response Forms following a show.
- Comments cannot be sent until all adjudicators in attendance have submitted their reports.
- A vast majority of participating schools hold their musical in March. Because of the sheer volume of schools producing during that month, schools producing in March should expect a delay of at least one month. Our small staff continually strives to minimize the backlog of comments in March as we process several reports submitted by adjudicators in that month.
Yes, it is possible, since the data from adjudicators has been collected and stored in our database before the forms are mailed to the schools.
Robert Simpson Garner was born October 29, 1931 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the older brother to sisters Carol and Diane. His was a traditional upbringing with the exception of the travel that comes with a father in the military. As it does for many, the Spirit of the West appealed to Bob; even after a starry-eyed brief move to New York City, he returned to Colorado.
When offered the chance to be the Denver producer on the musical, Fiorello in 1961, he was stunned and thrilled at its success. Presenting live entertainment, particularly musical theatre, became both his vocation and avocation.
Bob was a pioneer in Broadway touring, urging New York producers to take their shows on the road; he was instrumental in the first national tour of Les Misérables. Opening nights were like Christmas for him — the curtain rising, the best gift imaginable.
The Broadway presenting division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) was formed when Bob Garner joined Robert Garner Attractions with the DCPA in 1979.
Bob paved the way for Broadway Theatre in Denver. Now, DCPA Broadway presents the finest touring productions at The Buell Theatre and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Since 1979, Robert Garner (1979-1991) and Randy Weeks (1992-2014) entertained Denver audiences with more than 475 Broadway hits, six national touring premieres such as The Book of Mormon and the debut of The Little Mermaid.
The National High School Musical Theater Awards impacts more than 50,000 students annually who participate in high school musical theater competitions sponsored by top professional theatres throughout the US. A Best Actress and Best Actor winner from each of these competitions is sent to New York for a weeklong theater intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only showcase at The Jimmy™ Awards on Broadway, where a panel of judges crowns the nation's top performers. Since its inception in 2009, the program has been the catalyst for nearly $600,000 in university and conservatory scholarships awarded to its participants. In 2012, the program inspired preeminent broadcaster WGBH Boston to produce a three-part documentary series called "Broadway or Bust," which follows students on a journey from their hometown competitions to their debut on Broadway. The series remains popular viewing at pbs.org
. For more information on this year’s awards, please visit nhsmta.com
If there were a Tony Award for Best Broadway Presenter, DCPA President and Broadway Executive Director D. Randall “Randy” Weeks would have received it.
Randy’s relationship with the DCPA began in 1978 when he started working in the Box Office while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Colorado. He was serving as Theatre Operations Manager at the Kennedy Center when local Broadway presenter Bob Garner tapped Randy to take the helm of Denver Center Attractions in 1989. Since then, Randy presented more than 400 shows at the DCPA, collectively entertaining more than 11.6 million guests throughout Colorado and beyond. Randy’s dedication to the DCPA came in many forms. From opening the Garner Galleria Theatre in 1992, to being one of the founding members of the Women’s Voices Fund.
Randy’s theatre involvement extended far beyond the DCPA, including participation in the Denver School of the Arts Board, Independent Presenters Network, the Broadway League, and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Recognizing the wealth of talent in Colorado, Randy spearheaded the creation of The Bobby G Awards in 2013, the Colorado regional awards for The National High School Musical Theater Awards.
The Randy Weeks Memorial Fund for The Bobby G Awards supports the advancement of musical theatre for Colorado high school students. Contributors to the fund are invited to The Bobby G Awards on May 28, 2015.
Your generous contributions are entirely tax deductible. You can make a gift online today, or by check, payable to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, mail to:
DCPA Development Office
1101 13th St,
Denver, CO 80204.
Contact us at 303.572.4593 with any questions.