The Community Theatre League's "Ray of Light Awards" is in the midst of its fifth year.
Designed to develop and promote the efforts of high school musical theater and drama departments, the "Ray of Light Awards" competition is a school year-long process beginning in mid-September when shows are selected and culminating in mid-May when the formal awards ceremony is held.
The norm for staging comedies and dramas is in the fall, with musicals the fare offered in the spring - often with a couple of exceptions. Tonight marks the beginning of the adjudication for this spring's 12 musical entries.
“Godspell,”?presented by Midd-West High School, will compete for recognition at the “Ray of Light Awards,” which will be held at 6 p.m. May 12 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.
CTL's Administrative Manager Jacquie Engel, who coordinates the "Ray of Light" program, notes that a production number from each high school's musical is staged at the awards ceremony at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. But many attendees have asked when the various high schools are presenting their shows, as often two or three schools choose the same weekend to present their musical.
By increasing the radius to 40 miles of the downtown Community Theatre a couple of years ago, CTL has seen more high schools able and very eager to participate.
"This year we have 19 adjudicators who do a lot of traveling to see each of the shows", Engel said, as high schools throughout Lycoming, Clinton, Snyder and Northumberland Counties have submitted shows for judging. Separate awards are given for Best Large Scale and Small Scale Musicals.
Spring Musicals lineup
GODSPELL - Midd-West High School. 7:30 p.m. today, March 1 and 2.
SINGING IN THE RAIN - Hughesville High School. 7:30 p.m. today, March 1 and 2.
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN - Loyalsock Township High School. 7:30 p.m. March 14, 15 and 16 and 2:30 p.m. March 16.
ANYTHING GOES - Williamsport Area High School. 7 p.m. March 15 and 16.
BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - South Williamsport High School. 7:30 p.m. March 14, 15 and 16.
INTO THE WOODS - Muncy High School. 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12 and 13.
HELLO DOLLY - Milton Area High School. 7 p.m. April 11, 12 and 13.
THE WEDDING SINGER - Montoursvile High School. 7 p.m. April 11, 12 and 13.
LITTLE WOMEN - Jersey Shore Area High School. 7:20 April 12 and 13 and 3 p.m. April 14.
ME & MY GIRL - Shikellamy High School. 7 p.m. April 12, 13, 26 and 27 and 2:30 p.m. April 14 and 27.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - Central Mountain High School. 7 p.m. April 25, 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. April 28.
TARZAN -- Montgomery Area High School. 7 p.m. April 27 and 2 p.m. April 28.
Comedies and dramas from last fall
Judging has been completed for the following non-musical entrees presented last fall:
IS THERE A COMIC IN THE HOUSE? - Shikellamy High School
TREASURE ISLAND - Midd-West High School
THE CRUCIBLE - Montoursville High School
THE ODD COUPLE ( Female Version) - Muncy Jr./Sr. High School
THE GREAT GATSBY - Loyalsock Township High School
KILL ME, DEADLY - Montgomery Area High School
12 ANGRY JURORS -Hughesville High School
CHRISTMAS BELLES - Central Mountain High School
In addition to producing a musical this spring, occasionally a school submits another musical for
adjudication during the Fall:
SOMETHING'S AFOOT - Milton Area High School.
The only non-musical to be presented during this Spring's judging.
SLEEPWALK - Williamsport Area High School. 7 p.m. April 26 and 27.
The nominations for all categories of competition will be announced April 30.
The Awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. May 12 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., preceded by the red carpet pre-show festivities at 4:30 p.m.