The JRAY Program operates under the umbrella organization of Fullerton Civic Light Opera Music Theatre (FCLO), under the direction of General Manager, Griff Duncan. FCLO was established 40 years ago and is a nonprofit association.
In addition to over 130 awards given locally for achievement, both the male and female “Performer of the Year”, will be awarded $1500 and sent to New York for a one week intensive workshop with Broadway Professionals and then showcased before Broadway Casting Directors. For details see www.broadwayartistsalliance.org.
Participating schools are:
AOA Fullerton Union High School
Beverly Hills High School
Charter Oak High School
Corona del Mar High School
Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts
La Habra High School
La Mirada High School
Laguna Beach High School
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Mater Dei High School
Mira Costa High School
Mission Viejo High School
Newport Harbor High School
Orange County School of the Arts
Orange Lutheran High School
Palos Verdes High School
SOCSA Dana Hills High School
Temple City High School
Tri School Theatre
Village Christian School
Walnut High School
Yorba Linda High School
The judges will meet in the next few months to schedule the dates we will be attending your school’s musical. Each director will be contacted by one of the JRAY team via email to provide you with the date of our attendance and to order tickets (there will be 5-7 judges).
The award show will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Plummer Auditorium, 201 East Chapman, Fullerton, CA 92832.
Some tickets will be provided free of charge to each participating school. If additional tickets are needed, they will be sold for $10 per student, and $15 per parent/family member. The general public ticket fee will be $20. In addition to funding the JRAY Program, the proceeds will help send our winning actor and actress to New York to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
The participating schools will be invited to perform on stage for a 2-5 minute cutting of their adjudicated musical. A guest panel of professional performers will adjudicate these performances, and there will be a trophy presented to the winning show of the day.
AWARD FORMAT FOR JRAY
Each category will have nominees as voted upon by the panel of judges. All nominees will be presented with an award. The first place winner will receive a gold medal. The award-winning performances and recognition for students and schools are still in development and include, but not limited to the following categories:
Best Performance by a Leading Actor
Best Performance by a Leading Actress
Best Performance by a Featured Actor
Best Performance by a Featured Actress
Best Performance by a Comedian
Best Performance by a Comedienne
Cameo Performer of the Year – Male
Cameo Performer of the Year – Female
Best Musical Production of the Year – Budget I ( maximum of $10,000)
Best Musical Production of the Year – Budget II ( above $10,000)
Best Student Orchestra (cannot have more than three adults performing in the orchestra)
Director of the Year
Discretionary Awards (as applicable): To recognize a student-driven production of excellence in various categories, such as costuming, choreography, scenic design, lighting, etc. The determination will be made by the judges on a school-by-school basis when adjudicating the musical.
The Gold Medal Winner for Best Actor and Best Actress will be presented a prestigious trophy at the award show. We will also announce the JRAY student representatives (one female and one male) who will be sent to the National Artist Alliance Workshop to compete in New York. All expenses will be underwritten by JRAY.
Three $1000 scholarships are currently given at the awards ceremony based on merit/ grade point/ school participation and need. Nominations must be made from a participating school to be eligible. The program is seeking funding to increase these scholarships in the future.
JRay Team Judges
Neil Caplin – Technical background including set design, set construction, set execution, lighting, graphic design. Courtney Cotter – Professional Stage Manager for Disneyland. Bob Curley – Educator/Principal in the Irvine School District. Karin Godfrey – 30+ years adjudicating musicals and officially JRAY Ambassador
Diana Gordon – Professional Actress. Gary Gordon – Professional Actor/Director. David MacInnis – FCLO Board Member, 20+ years theatre experience. Eydie MacInnis – retired school teacher, choreography, performance, backstage, props, and costume experience. Matthew J. Schwartz – Technical background including Set Construction and Execution, Prop Design and Construction, Specialties Construction, Marketing, Advertising and Design. Susan Takeda – Costumer and Props
JRAY Team Crew
Griff Duncan – CEO FCLO Music Theatre (JRAY Sponsor)
Michele Leighton – Producer and JRAY Program Coordinator
Vicki Schindele – Director /Liaison for Annual Award Show
Our goal is to help promote each school’s theater program and encourage community involvement/support through media releases.
JRAY WEB SITE
Participating schools and calendar information containing the show dates and times will be included.
Michele Leighton, email@example.com
Vicky Schindele, firstname.lastname@example.org
Griff Duncan, email@example.com