Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase on Iowa PBS

High school students on stage, each one with one arm raised in the air and looking toward the ceiling.

Feel the energy of hundreds of amazing student performers, representing 90 participating Iowa high schools, as they share highlights from their award-winning school musicals during the 2023 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase

Iowa PBS is proud to present an exclusive livestream of the full event on on Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m. A 2-hour highlights special will air Friday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. and be rebroadcast Sunday July 16 at 1 p.m. The special will also be available for a limited time for on-demand streaming on and the PBS App

The Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase is an unforgettable evening of entertainment celebrating the important contributions of Iowa’s high school drama programs. This is a can’t-miss event for anyone who loves musicals and believes in the power of the arts to impact young people.

Throughout the year, theater professionals travel across the state to adjudicate various high school musical productions. The year culminates with students from those schools convening at the Des Moines Civic Center to participate in a professionally-produced awards showcase. 

Students share highlights from their productions and receive honors for their work in performance, technical and creative categories. In addition, students work under the direction of a guest music director and choreographer from New York City to give the best performances of their young lives. The two winners of the coveted Triple Threat Award will participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, known as the Jimmy Awards, the following week in New York City.

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