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The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) is committed to celebrating, supporting, and advocating for high school musical theatre education throughout central Ohio. Through CAPA’s standing as a member of the Broadway League, Columbus is an official Regional Awards Program of The Jimmy Awards®/National High School Musical Theatre Awards®.

CAPA sponsors the prestigious national program for high school musical theatre students through its own newly created, local awards program—the CAPA Marquee Awards.

To be considered for participation in the CAPA Marquee Awards Presented by AEP Foundation, schools must submit an online application, and present a full-length musical from a list of Jimmy® Awards-approved productions between October 15, 2020 – April 18, 2021. Schools accepted into the program were eligible for awards in the following categories:

  • Best Musical Production
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Direction
  • Outstanding Ensemble Performance
  • Outstanding Student Orchestra
  • Outstanding Technical Execution
  • Outstanding Student Designer
  • Backstage Excellence Award

Three adjudicators from the CAPA Marquee Awards program attended a performance of each participating school’s qualifying musical theatre production to evaluate nominated students/productions and provide valuable written feedback to the production’s cast, crew, and creative team.

Winners were announced last week, and several Delaware County students and/or acting troupes were honored. Those include:


Nick Sanchez-Zarkos
Olentangy Liberty High School, ‘Father’ in Children of Eden


Set & Properties Crew, Olentangy Orange High School, Working


Olentangy Berlin High School, Little Shop of Horrors


Andrew Dahlke

Olentangy Berlin High School, Set Design, Little Shop of Horrors


Abigail Hatfield

Olentangy Liberty High School, ‘Yonah’ in Children of Eden

Winners Nick Sanchez-Zarkos and Dallys Edwards are the official Jimmy® Award nominees for “Jimmys Week,” a 12-day professional training intensive with theatre professionals and industry experts, and will compete on the national level for the 2021 Jimmy Awards® for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.

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