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The Bobby G Awards, named for Broadway touring pioneer Robert Garner, is both a local high school musical theatre celebration and a participant in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards every spring in New York City.

Private and public high school musical theatre programs in Colorado are invited to have their shows adjudicated by professional theatre experts. Participating schools receive detailed feedback on their musical production and may be nominated for the annual awards show, modeled after the Tony Awards and held in The Buell Theatre or the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

The awards ceremony includes performances from all shows nominated for Outstanding Overall Production and a medley featuring all nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Leading Role. Students and educators are also honored in the areas of performance, design, direction, choreography, technical production and overall production excellence. Both of the recipients for Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Leading Role will travel to New York to represent Colorado at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Participating schools will also receive discounted tickets to an upcoming DCPA Broadway performance, and one personal master class session with an Education theatre teacher.

Registration for the 2017-18 Bobby G Awards will open on Monday, August 21. Please check back.

Congratulations to the 2017 Bobby G Award recipients.



We need musical theatre experts to evaluate The Bobby G Awards' participating schools every spring semester.

2016-17 Adjudicator Job Description

In early 2013, Denver Center Attractions launched The Bobby G Awards, a regional area program for the National High School Musical Awards, to encourage and honor excellence in the production of local high school musical theatre. Adjudicators attended performances of local high school musical theatre productions and completed thorough response forms consisting of appropriate recognition, praise, and constructive criticism. Adjudicators also provide scores in various performance and production categories. The scores helped create a list of Nominations that were announced in May; followed by a Tony Awards style ceremony where nominees performed and the final award recipients were announced.

In our first three seasons, the list of adjudicators included some of the areas incredible talents: As we head into our fifth year, we are hoping to expand the pool of adjudicators to include even more of the wonderful artists and educators the Colorado theatre community has to offer and we hope that you will consider applying!

If you are interested, here are a few things to know about the position:
All adjudicators should hold degrees in relevant fields (music, theatre, dance, etc.) and/or have extensive work experience in one of those disciplines on a professional or academic basis and/or are professional artists or educators with wide knowledge of the American Musical Theatre canon. All candidates must have excellent writing skills with the ability to effectively communicate their impressions and evaluate production elements and student performances in a constructive manner.

Please submit your resume and a written example of a design and performance evaluation to ccarson@dcpa.org.

All newly hired adjudicators must have an email address to receive communications. Only applicants with computer literacy, especially in MS Word, adobe reader and Internet access will be considered.

In addition, all adjudicators must attend:

  • Adjudication training in September 2016 at the DCPA
  • High school musicals on the weekends during the course of the competition: September 7, 2016 – April 22, 2017
    • The number of assignments will ultimately depend on the availability of the adjudicators, number of participating schools and their performance dates.

A stipend of $50 per adjudicated show is paid to adjudicators.

All participating schools provide complimentary tickets to their musicals for adjudicators.

Tickets to the 2017 Bobby G Awards Ceremony on May 25, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House will also be provided.

Interested individuals should email: ccarson@dcpa.org.

Frequently asked questions about The Bobby G Awards

  • How do I apply?

  • When is the application deadline?

  • When must our show be presented in order to enter The Bobby G Awards?

  • Can we still enter if we do not yet know our performance dates or which show we are doing?

  • How many schools are accepted into the program?

  • How will we know if our application was accepted?

  • What if we don't receive a confirmation email?

  • We have to double cast our show. Can we still participate?

  • Will DCPA accept a school purchase order for an application fee?

  • We are unable to provide payment online. Can we mail a check?

  • Do we need to travel anywhere to have our show adjudicated?

  • When will The Bobby G Awards contact us to reserve tickets for the adjudicators?

  • How many adjudicators do you send to see our show?

  • How many tickets should I be holding until I receive specific reservations?

  • Our shows sell out quickly. What should we do?

  • Where do we seat the adjudicators?

  • What do we do if it seems that all or a portion of a reservation was not picked up as The Bobby G Awards indicated they would be?

  • What if not all of the adjudicators are able to attend any performance?

  • How do the adjudicators evaluate the show?

  • How does a school receive a final nomination in consideration for an award?

  • When will we know if we've been nominated?

  • When will our feedback arrive?

  • Is it possible that our school's feedback will arrive after the final nominations are announced?

  • Will our support material (video, photos, posters, programs) be returned to us?

  • Who is Bobby G?

  • What is the National High School Musical Theater Awards program?

If there were a Tony Award for Best Broadway Presenter, DCPA President and Broadway Executive Director D. Randall “Randy” Weeks would have received it.

Randy’s relationship with the DCPA began in 1978 when he started working in the Box Office while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Colorado. He was serving as Theatre Operations Manager at the Kennedy Center when local Broadway presenter Bob Garner tapped Randy to take the helm of Denver Center Attractions in 1989. Since then, Randy presented more than 400 shows at the DCPA, collectively entertaining more than 11.6 million guests throughout Colorado and beyond. Randy’s dedication to the DCPA came in many forms. From opening the Garner Galleria Theatre in 1992, to being one of the founding members of the Women’s Voices Fund.

Randy’s theatre involvement extended far beyond the DCPA, including participation in the Denver School of the Arts Board, Independent Presenters Network, the Broadway League, and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Recognizing the wealth of talent in Colorado, Randy spearheaded the creation of The Bobby G Awards in 2013, the Colorado regional awards for The National High School Musical Theater Awards.

The Randy Weeks Memorial Fund for The Bobby G Awards supports the advancement of musical theatre for Colorado high school students. Contributors to the fund are invited to Bobby G Awards in May.

Your generous contributions are entirely tax deductible. You can make a gift online today, or by check, payable to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, mail to:

DCPA Development Office
1101 13th St,
Denver, CO 80204.

Contact us at 303.572.4593 with any questions.

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