400 Iowa High Schoolers Set to Perform Together on One Stage

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Iowa High School Musical Theater Showcase

DES MOINES, Iowa — A performance is bringing together high schoolers from all across Iowa to share a stage, and it kicks off Monday night at the Des Moines Civic Center.

The fourth annual Iowa High School Musical Theater Showcase is a celebration of the arts at a statewide level. Thirty-four schools throughout Iowa chose to be a part of the showcase, having judges come to each school over the past year and offer feedback on the students’ performances. Now, more than 400 of those students will perform together during the awards showcase Monday night.

“The goal and purpose of this event is to really celebrate and really lift up high school musical theater,” said Eric Olmscheid, Director of Programming and Education at Des Moines Performing Arts. “So, if you think about sports, and speech and drama, and any other academic and extracurricular activities, they have a statewide recognition platform. That doesn’t happen in musical theater in Iowa, currently.

Olmscheid said the program is in its fifth year and will become a statewide initiate next year as a platform to recognize high school musical theater.

In addition to the group performances, these students will perform “snippets” of their respective schools’ productions for the audience. A male and female student will each receive the “Triple Threat Award” – recognizing excellence in the skills of singing, dancing, and acting – and earn a trip to New York City out of it, learning from the best in the industry.

Organizers say the Des Moines Civic Center will sell out for the showcase, if the past three years are any indication. So don’t wait to purchase your tickets the night-of; you can get more information on ticket sales here.