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John Raitt Awards for Youth

2015 jray winners

Kelsey Kato, 2015 JRAY Actor of the Year and Nicole Morris, 2015 JRAY Supporting Actress of the Year.

WHO WE ARE

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 in 1971 and is a nonprofit association.

In addition to over 130 awards given locally for achievement, both the”Performer of the year (Male) and Performer of the Year (female), 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 broadwayartistsalliance.org.

2015 JRAY PARTICIPATING HIGH SCHOOLS

AOA Fullerton
Beverly Hills
Citrus
Corona Del Mar
Huntington Beach Academy of Performing Arts
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Laguna Beach
La Habra
Lutheran, Orange
Marina
Mater Dei
Mira Costa
Mission Viejo
Newport Harbor
Orange County High School for the Arts
Palos Verdes
Poly High
San Juan Hills
SOCSA Dana Hills
Temple City
Tri-School
Village Christian
Walnut
Yorba Linda

JRAY CALENDAR
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).

AWARD CEREMONY
The award show will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Plummer Auditorium, 201 East Chapman, Fullerton, CA 92832.

TICKETS
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 Broadway Artists Alliance (BAA).

PARTICIPATION
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 medallion. The award-winning performances and recognition for students and schools are still in development and include, but not limited to the following categories.

Actress (Lead)
Actor (Lead)
Featured Actress (in a Lead Role)
Featured Actor (in a Lead Role)
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
Comedian
Comedienne
Cameo – Male
Cameo – Female
Dancer – Male
Dancer – Female
Soloist – Male
Soloist – Female
Ensemble
Student Orchestra
Stage Manager
Crew/Technical Execution
Choreography
Sound
Lighting
Sets
Costumes
Director of the Year
Show 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 Medalllion 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.

SCHOLARSHIPS
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
Bob Curley – Educator/Principal in the Irvine School District
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
Leslie Trayer Harvey – Professional Actress/Dancer/Choreographer

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

JRAY PUBLICITY
Our goal is to help promote each school’s theater program and encourage community involvement/support through media releases.

JRAY WEBSITE
Visit the JRAY website for more information.
Participating schools and calendar information containing the show dates and times will be included.

JRAY CONTACTS
Michele Leighton, meleighton@cox.net
Vicki Schindele, vickischindele@gmail.com
Griff Duncan, fulclo@sbcglobal.net

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Application, Forms & Guidelines

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JRAY Nominees & Winners

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JRAY Videos

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Participating Schools

2015 JRAY PARTICIPATING HIGH SCHOOLS AOA Fullerton Beverly Hills Citrus Corona Del Mar Huntington Beach Academy of Performing Arts Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Laguna Beach La Habra Lutheran, Orange Marina Mater Dei Mira Costa Mission Viejo Newport Harbor Orange County High School for the Arts Palos Verdes Poly High San Juan …

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Sponsors Who Make This Program Possible

SPONSORS WHO MAKE THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE David and Eydie MacInnis, Gateway One Lending Employees Club of Boeing FCLO Guild National Charity League, Fullerton Chapter Opus Community Foundation Orange County Community Foundation Rotary Club of Fullerton

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Who We Are – The John Raitt Awards for Youth (JRAY)

The John Raitt Awards for Youth (JRAY) WHO WE ARE 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 in 1971 and is a nonprofit association. In addition to over 130 awards given locally for achievement, both …

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