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John Raitt Awards for Youth

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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

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
Laguna Beach High School
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Marina High School
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
San Juan Hills 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 23, 2015 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.

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
Cameo – Male
Cameo – Female
Dancer – Male
Dancer – Female
Soloist – Male
Soloist – Female
Student Orchestra
Stage Manager
Crew/Technical Execution
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.

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.

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

Griff Duncan – CEO FCLO Music Theatre (JRAY Sponsor)
Michele Leighton – Producer and JRAY Program Coordinator
Vicky 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.

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

Michele Leighton,
Vicky Schindele,
Griff Duncan,

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