Student Submissions

Student Submissions

Along with the adjudication of high school productions, the Blue Star Awards program offers multiple opportunities for student involvement. Several award categories are open to all participating students.

Rising Star Scholarships are awarded to high school students who made outstanding contributions to their high school's musical theatre program. These students may have been performers, technicians, production coordinators, stage managers, and/or filled any other role within their musical theatre department. Scholarships will be awarded across multiple grade levels: One Sophomore Award ($500), One Junior Award ($1,000), and One Senior Award ($2,500). This application process may be initiated by a student or teacher.

THE COMPLETED RISING STAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AND SUPPORT MATERIALS ARE DUE TO STARLIGHT BY FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2023.

The following must be uploaded as part of the online form:

  • Resume of work, volunteer, and theatrical activities
  • Student Essay: In 500 words or less, describe your experiences and contributions to your musical theatre program at your high school, including what life lessons you learned because of these experiences.
  • Recommendation Letter (can be from a teacher, coach, director, etc.): In 500 words or less, describe the student’s participation in and contributions to your school’s musical theatre program during their high school career.

Fill out the online application: 2022-2023 Rising Star Scholarship Application

Questions? Contact education@kcstarlight.com for assistance.

This award recognizes students who have given their time and talent in a backstage capacity (i.e. stage manager, crew head, board operator, etc.) or design field (i.e. lighting, scenic, costume, etc.). Multiple students may be considered together for this award; however, no more than three students who worked equally on the same aspect/s will be considered in tandem. This application process may be initiated by a student or a teacher. Students at all high school grade levels may be considered.

THE COMPLETED TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTION AWARD APPLICATION AND SUPPORT MATERIALS ARE DUE TO STARLIGHT BY MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023.

The following must be uploaded as part of the online form:

  • Student Essay: In one page, detail your involvement with your school’s theatre program, address what you learned from the experience, and offer specifics about your applicable backstage and/or design contributions (if multiple students are being considered together, they may write one essay as a group or write individual essays and combine them into a single document).
  • Recommending Teacher Letter: In 500 words or less, provide details about the student’s/students’ contributions to your theatre program and why you feel the student/s should be considered for the award
  • Digital portfolio of support materials pertaining to the student’s area/s of expertise (i.e. run sheets, renderings, plots, sketches, stage manager prompt book, etc.)
    • All support materials must be in a digital format. Photos or scans are preferred.

Fill out the online application: 2022-2023 Technical Contribution Award Application

Questions? Contact education@kcstarlight.com for assistance.


Community America Credit Union

The Blue Star Awards are generously supported by Community America Credit Union, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, and Starlight’s community engagement program benefactors.

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