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Les Misérables, MTWichita 2013

Jester Awards Program

In 2002, Music Theatre Wichita launched a program called the Jester Awards to honor excellence in high school musical theatre. With a skilled and dedicated team of judges attending dozens of performances, the Jester Awards have won high praise for successfully increasing awareness and pride in the achievements of local young people.

The Jester Award program recognizes the extraordinary amount of work, creativity, and dedication that faculty and students pour into their high school theatrical productions. Recognition is given to casts and crews, directors and designers – all who work to stage these great works of musical theatre. Within practical limitations regarding number of schools and distance from Wichita, every effort is made to be as inclusive as possible. Recent participants include a great many Wichita area schools, and schools in locations such as Garden City, Hays, Salina, and Independence.

The program has grown exponentially each year since its inception. Applications should be received at least a month prior to a production. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All productions must take place prior to April 23, 2017.

Lists of the nominations for the Awards are e-mailed to each school's instructor in late April or early May.

The Jester Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place May 12, 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets will go on sale in late April. For tickets to the Awards Ceremony please contact the Music Theatre Wichita box office at 316.265.3107.

Jester Judges

Theatre-loving volunteers are needed as judges for our Jester Program. Volunteers attend several high school productions throughout the year, and feedback from judges helps determine Jester Award Nominees and Honorees.

Jester judges must:

  • Attend a Jester Judges Training (all new judges), to be scheduled.
  • Attend at least three productions during the 2017-2018 school year. 
  • Have access to a computer to receive email notifications of shows and other notices regarding the Jester Program.
  • Complete a web-based judging form within five days of attending the production.

If you are interested in becoming a Jester Judge, please complete the online application form at If you need additional information, email Angela Trotter, Special Programs Director.