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May 31, 2024

2024 Sutton Foster Awards showcase

Wharton Center for Performing Arts presents the 12th annual Sutton Foster Awards. The awards program is a statewide educational initiative celebrating Michigan high school musical theatre and is a flagship educational initiative of Wharton Center. Tickets for the Sutton Foster Awards Showcase are on sale now through the official Wharton Center Ticket Office, online at, or by calling 517-432-2000 or 1-800-WHARTON.

The program features 130 high school students performing selections from their school musicals and a variety of Broadway medleys. Over sixty schools are participating in this year’s program, which was open to all Michigan high schools regardless of location, school size, or musical budget.

“We are thrilled to showcase the extraordinary talents of high school theatre students from across Michigan here on our Cobb Great Hall stage,” Wharton Center’s Executive Director Eric Olmscheid says. “This program aims to inspire creativity with young audiences and elevate the theatre-making experience by creating lifelong skills."

Leading up to the showcase, three adjudicators comprised of theatre professionals attended each school’s full musical production. They provided feedback directly to the schools and nominated students intended to promote program and performer growth.

This year’s Sutton Foster Awards also included multiple year-long learning opportunities. Participants worked directly with touring Broadway professionals in musical theatre performance master classes and technical and creative workshops. From shows like Hairspray to Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Michigan students were able to work with some of the best in the business.

The entire year-long program culminates in the Awards Showcase. The 130 high school thespians participating will work with Broadway musical directors and choreographers to rehearse and stage the show. Two performers will be selected to represent Michigan at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (Jimmy Awards) in New York City this June. Cash scholarships and tuition to Wharton Center’s summer Broadway experience, Take It From The Top, will also be awarded.

For a complete list of participating high schools and their productions, visit

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