Last year, we attended the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards — gotta find a new name — ceremony for the first time. There are no words to describe them adequately.


The unavoidable excitement. The phenomenal talent. The unexpected good sportsmanship. I can still hear the roar of crowd.

Come 7 a.m. March 7 — you read that right, in the morning — students from 31 area high schools will gather in the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre to hear for the first time the 2017 nominations.

J. Quinton Johnson, current cast member in Broadway smash “Hamilton,” will do the honors. A University of Texas theater alum, Johnson cut his theatrical teeth in Austin theater and film communities.

The awards ceremony returns to the Long Center’s Dell Hall on April 13 and, while I might not make the dawn announcement, you can pretty much guarantee I won’t be found anywhere else for the full ceremony. Ditto anybody who cares about the future of musical theater.