Each summer, the Broadway League, the national theater industry association, brings to New York talented young performers from around the country. They compete for scholarships, recognition and possibly a pathway to the Broadway stage in the National High School Musical Theater Awards. This year, two teenagers from New Mexico will be taking part. They will be selected in a public performance on May 8 at Albuquerque's Popejoy Hall.
Popejoy's Terry Davis explains that the finalists in the Popejoy Awards were selected by a team of adjudicators who traveled the state to attend high school musical theater productions.
Popejoy Hall is New Mexico's home for Broadway touring shows, but it's also a not-for-profit organization. In this longer version of the interview, Terry says that funding for the Popejoy Awards, as well as for Popejoy's educational programs, comes in large part from donors.