What are the NCT Capital Awards?

The NCT Capital Awards is a program designed to recognize outstanding
high school musical productions and performances in Wake County.

Here is a clip from last year's Capital Awards!



This year our presenting sponsor, Capital Bank, is hosting a great new event to announce the nominations for Outstanding Leading Actress, Outstanding Leading Actor, and Outstanding Musical!  Come celebrate with your high school drama community as we build awareness and excitement for the BIG EVENT on May 19th!!  Light refreshments will be provided along with live music.

WHO:  All STUDENTS involved in their schools’ production and PERFORMING ARTS INSTRUCTORS are invited to attend!

WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 2008 from 7:00-8:00 pm

WHERE: The lobby of Capital Bank (Downtown Raleigh at the corner of Fayetteville Street and Davie Street)

***All other nominations will be hand-delivered to participating schools on Monday, April 28, 2008.  

Please RSVP by Monday, April 28, 2008 with the number of students/instructors that will be in attendance by e-mailing Staci Thornton at sthornton@nctheatre.com.

Thank you and please e-mail Staci Thornton at sthornton@nctheatre.com if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you there!



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2008 Participating schools and show dates

� December 6-8 at 7:30 pm, December 8 at 3:30 pm- Wakefield High School- Damn Yankees
� February 26- March 1 at 7:30 pm- Apex High School- Jesus Christ Superstar
� February 27-March 1 at 7:00 pm- Broughton High School- Brigadoon
� February 28-March 1 at 8:00 pm- Middle Creek High School- Seussical The Musical
� February 28- March 1 at 7:00 pm- Garner Magnet High School- Footloose
� March 6-8 at 7:00 pm- Millbrook High School*- The Wiz
� March 13-15 at 7:30 pm- Green Hope High School- South Pacific
� March 13-15 at 7:00 pm, March 15 at 2:00 pm- Cary High School- Anything Goes
� March 13-14 at 7:00 pm, March 15 at 3:00 pm- Knightdale High School*- Godspell
� March 13-15 at 7:00 pm, March 16 at 2:00 pm- Fuquay-Varina High School*- Oliver!
� March 28-29 at 7:00 pm- Trinity Academy- The Spitfire Grill (show at Murphey�s Auditorium)
� April 3-4 at 7:00 pm - Emigration of Hope
� April 9-12 at 7:00 pm- Enloe High School- Little Women
� April 10-19 at 7:00 pm, April 12 and 19 at 2:00 pm- North Raleigh Christian Academy- Beauty and the Beast
� April 17-19 at 7:00 pm- Wake Forest Rolesville High School- Ragtime
� April 17-19 at 7:00 pm- Sanderson High School- Once Upon A Mattress
� April 17-19 at 7:00 pm- Leesville High School- My Fair Lady
� April 17-19 at 7:00 pm- Athens Drive High School- Bye Bye Birdie
� April 18-19 at 7:30 pm, April 20 at 3:00 pm- Southeast Raleigh High School*- Guys and Dolls
� April 24-26 at 7:00 pm- Holly Springs High School*- Little Shop of Horrors

Capital Awards Mission:

CELEBRATE the work of aspiring young performers in the community.
ELEVATE the importance of performing arts education in community high schools.
PERPETUATE the community’s support and passion for the performing arts.

WHAT: NCT's version of the Tony Awards, the Capital Awards are designed to recognize outstanding high school musical productions and performances.

WHY: The Capital Awards is a logical next step in NCT’s efforts to advance the performing arts by highlighting the work of the next generation of aspiring young performers. The goal of this award program is threefold: CELEBRATE the work of aspiring young performers in the community, ELEVATE the importance of performing arts education in community high schools, and PERPETUATE the Triangle’s support and passion for the performing arts.

WHEN: The Capital Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, May 19, 2008 at 7:00.

WHERE: Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts at 1 E. South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

HOW: Arts educators at each school will nominate their school productions, outstanding actors and technical students for consideration. Schools that wish to participate in the 2008 Capital Awards must fill out the application form and have it returned no later than November 30th, 2007.
Groups of three judges from the Triangle area, selected based on their professional experience in the performing arts, will view the nominated productions and grade them according to the award criteria. Judging will begin in the fall and continue through the spring. Criteria and categories are listed below.

Awards include Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Choreography, Leading Actor, Leading Actress and many others. The school awarded Outstanding Musical will receive a grant to be used for their theatre department. As funding allows, individual award recipients in each category will receive a small college scholarship.

In May a full production with local and national celebrity presenters will be staged.

Outstanding Musical nominees will get a chance to perform one number from their show as part of the awards production. Each Outstanding Leading Actor/Actress nominated will also be allowed to perform a portion of a song from their performance. The evening will end with an All-School finale and every Wake County school is invited to have four student representatives participate, regardless of whether or not they have been nominated for a Capital Award.

Please mail or e-mail the application to:
Staci Thornton
3043 Barrow Drive
Raleigh, NC 27616
For more information please contact Staci Thornton, NCT Company Manager at sthornton@nctheatre.com
or 919-855-9960.
NCT 2008 Capital Awards will be held on Monday, May 19, 2008 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
2007 Capital awards

WHAT AN AMAZING NIGHT! It was so thrilling for me personally to see all the young thespians gathered in the same place celebrating what we love to do! THEATRE!!! Hat's off to all the schools, directors, and numerous parents and volunteers for all the hours of hard work and dedication to these young performers. I am still running on the adrenaline rush from the night. Everywhere I turned I heard accolades and when I came to school today, we had several faculty and staff members who attended and were overwhelmed by the professionalism and superior quality of the whole event. I sincerely hope all of you were as thrilled as I was and are excited about future possibilities!
~Paul A. Orsett (Wakefield High School)

I cannot begin to thank you enough for allowing me to participate in the 2007 Capital Awards judging. I had an absolute riot and each school was very welcoming and the energy alone was worth the time. Congratulations on pulling all of this together and I hope you will consider inviting me to participate in the future.
~Joe O’Keefe (Judge)

“The whole experience was terrific for my students on stage, backstage, and in the house. Thank you so much for starting this wonderful tradition for the students of Wake County. We are excited about next year too.”
~Louise Whitmire (Leesville Road High School)


NC Theatre Capital Awards on TV & DVD!

NC Theatre Capital Awards ceremony is set to air on Channel 24 beginning on Saturday, July 7 at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 11 at 6 p.m., and every Saturday and Wednesday following until Saturday, September 15! There are 21 chances to watch, so don’t miss this exciting one-hour program that is sure to be your favorite!

You can buy your own two-hour DVD of the NC Theatre Capital Awards. Please contact Brian Williams Television, the producer of the one-hour TV program, via e-mail at bwilliams1984@nc.rr.com or visit www.brianwilliamstv.com.

NCT Capital Awards Frequently Asked Questions


















When and where are the 2008 NCT Capital Awards?
Monday, May 19th, 2008 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

What schools can participate in the NCT Capital Awards?
Any Wake County public or private high school may participate in the NCT Capital Awards.

What are the award categories?
There are 16 different categories and they are: Outstanding Musical, Direction, Choreography, Musical Direction, Orchestra, Sound, Lighting, Scene Design, Costume Design, Stage Crew & Technical Execution, Ensemble/Chorus, Leading Actor, Leading Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Featured Performer.

When are applications due to participate in the NCT Capital Awards?
Applications are due November 30, 2007 to participate in the 2008 NCT Capital Awards.

When are the 2008 NCT Capital Awards nominees announced?
The 2008 NCT Capital Awards nominees are announced in April 2008.

How can I buy a ticket to the NCT Capital Awards?
You may purchase them through the designated teacher at your respective school, or you may purchase tickets through the NCT Box Office by calling 919-831-6944 x6944 � remember that this is general admission seating, so tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.

When does my school need to submit ticket orders to North Carolina Theatre?
Ticket orders must be submitted by May 5, 2008. You may also buy tickets at the NCT Box Office after this date until May 19, 2008.

What is the dress for the evening?
The dress is formal evening wear.

If I am a performer, do I need a ticket to the NCT Capital Awards?
Yes, everyone who plans to attend needs a ticket. Each participating school will be given TEN FREE tickets to the NCT Capital Awards, FOUR to be used for the finale participants. In addition, each school nominated for Outstanding Musical will be given an extra TWENTY tickets (a total of THIRTY tickets) to be used for those performing at the NCT Capital Awards.

Do the schools provide the costumes for the performers?
Yes, the costumes that will be used for the NCT Capital Awards will be provided by the schools.

How can I keep my orchestra parts?
You need to notify the licensing company for your musical that you will be keeping your scores until the end of May because you are participating in the NCT Capital Awards.

When are the rehearsal times and where are they held?
FINALE REHEARSALS: Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 5pm-9pm (NCT Studios) Friday, May 16, 2008, 5pm-9pm (NCT Studios) Saturday, May 17, 2008, 11am-3pm (NCT Studios) Monday, May 19, 2008, 3pm (Raleigh Memorial Auditorium)
ACTOR/ACTRESS REHEARSAL: Saturday, May 17, 2008, 4pm-6pm (NCT Studios) Sunday, May 18, 2008, 11am-1pm (NCT Studios) Monday, May 19, 2008, 3pm (Raleigh Memorial Auditorium) OUTSTANDING MUSICAL NOMINEES: Monday, May 19, 2008, 12pm (Raleigh Memorial Auditorium)

Where are the NCT Studios located?
NCT Studios are located at 3043 Barrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616 in north Raleigh.

Where is Raleigh Memorial Auditorium located?
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium is located at 2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 in downtown Raleigh.

What are the judging criteria?
Rating Scale:
First-rate professional quality
Superior, near professional
Excellent for high school level
Very good for high school level
Good, above average for high school level
About average for high school level
Below average for high school level


Who judges each school�s performance?
There will be up to three judges at each school�s performance that are assembled by NCT to serve as the NCT Capital Awards judges.