JRAY Awards

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Showcase Trophy

2017 Showcase Trophy for Best Performance of the Day, Palos Verdes High School, PIPPIN, as selected by our panel of visiting VIP judges.

 

2017 BAA Male Winner: Adrian Villegas, Jekyll/Hyde in DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts.
(Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

Kayla Morgan

2017 BAA Female Winner: Kayla Morgan, Millie in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Mission Viejo High School.

 

WHO WE ARE

The JRAY Program operates under the umbrella organization of Fullerton Civic Light Opera Music Theatre (FCLO), under the direction of MIchele Leighton. FCLO was established in 1971 and is a nonprofit association.

In addition to over 200 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.

2016-2017 JRAY PARTICIPATING HIGH SCHOOLS

Academy of Music and Performing Arts at Hamilton High School
Beverly Hills High School
Capistrano Valley High School
Chadwick High School
Citrus Valley High School
Fullerton Union High School Academy of the Arts
Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts
Laguna Hills High School
Los Alamitos 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
Poly High School, Riverside
Redondo Union High School
San Clemente High School
San Juan Hills High School
Temple City High School
Tri-School Theatre
Village Christian School
Yorba Linda High School

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 26, 2018, 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.

Each year JRAY will send two winners (one female and one male) to Broadway Artists Alliance (“BAA”) in New York City to attend their one-week summer workshop intensives and master classes conducted by Broadway professionals – culminating in solo performances before industry professionals and casting agents. Additionally, the two winners will receive a cash award from JRAY for $1,500 each.

JRAY’S WINNING DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Wins both a prestigious JRAY Trophy and a cash award of $1,000 to their school theatre arts’ department.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Four $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
Judy Bland – 20+ years experience as a producer for high school plays and musicals
Peter Bland – Professional Actor, 20+ years as a high school drama teacher and director of musical shows
Neil Caplin – Technical background including set design, set construction, set execution, lighting, graphic design
Bob Curley – Educator/Principal in the Irvine School District
Tiffany Dacuycuy – Professional Actress/Choreographer/Children’s Musical Theatre Director plus theater stage managing, backstage crew, makeup, hair, marketing and advertising, performance, and music
Diana Gordon – Professional Actress
Gary Gordon – Professional Actor/Director
Leslie Trayer Harvey – Professional Actress/Dancer/Choreographer
Roberta Kay – Emmy Award Winner and Emmy Nominee for her work on PBS SoCal/KOCE. Singer/Dancer/Actress, 30+ years directing and/or choreographing musicals for summer stock, civic light opera, grand opera, nightclubs, community theater, private and public schools and educational programs. Worked with Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton, Andy Williams, Harvey Korman, Debbie Reynolds, Dionne Warwick, Big Bird, among others.
Gary Krinke – Director, directed 200+ productions at Fullerton College, theater companies, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Performance Riverside, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, Stages Theatre, and as guest director for Theatre Parisien in Paris. Fullerton College’s 85th Anniversary Celebration and Presidential Inauguration in 1997, which featured a cast of 500 singers, dancers, and musicians, was one of his largest-scale productions. Metamorphoses at Stages Theatre was named one of the top 10 productions of 2008 by the Orange County Register, and he has been nominated for the California State Chancellors Award in the category of “Thinking Outside the Box.”
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

JRAY TEAM CREW
Michele Leighton – Producer and JRAY Program Coordinator
Vicki Schindele – Director/Liaison for Annual Award Show

TEAM MEMBERS
Kyle Duncan – Co-Executive Producer
Marilyn (Moore) Gianetti – Co-Executive Producer

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

JRAY CONTACTS
Michele Leighton, meleighton@cox.net
Vicki Schindele, vickischindele@gmail.com