2022 Jester Awards
The Jester Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday April 24, 2022 at 3:00pm at Century II Convention Hall. 2021-2022 Rules and Application for the Program can be found on the Rules & Application page.
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 Awards 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 thanks to the support of founder Belden Mills and his wife Anna, the Lois K Walls Jester Fund at MTWichita, and the Naftzger Fund for the Fine Arts.
Theatre-loving volunteers are needed as adjudicators for our Jester Program. Volunteers attend several high school productions throughout the year, and feedback from adjudicators helps determine Jester Award Nominees and Honorees.
Check back soon for volunteer opportunities for 2021-2022.