Modeled after The Tony Awards® on Broadway, The Totem Pole Playhouse Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement in musical theater production and performances by high school students in the counties immediately surrounding Totem Pole Playhouse. Public and private high schools in Adams, Franklin, and Fulton counties are invited to participate.

Thanks to a generous legacy gift from teacher & director William M.Moore, Jr., Totem Pole Playhouse awards a $1,000.00 scholarship each year to the Outstanding Performance by an Actress and Actor in a Leading Role.

Named after the Totem Pole Playhouse, one of the longest running, nationally-recognized, professional summer theaters in the country, the awards were established in 2014 and focus solely on the performances of local high school students, honoring their acting, singing, and dancing abilities.

Each year, unbiased professional arts judges view the performances of the participating high schools over the course of the spring high school musical theater season. There are fifteen categories in which nominees are selected. The judges use standardized evaluation criteria in judging the performance of the students. The judges select five nominees in each of the categories from the casts of the participating schools. Additionally, the directors for each of the musicals chooses one student each year to receive the Jean Stapleton Award for their school.

The Totem Pole Playhouse Award Categories are:

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Female Solo Vocal Performance
Outstanding Male Solo Vocal Performance
Outstanding Vocal Duet
Outstanding Musical Chorus
Outstanding Musical Production Number
Outstanding Stage Crew
The Carl Schurr Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical
The Jean Stapleton Award for Outstanding Contribution to a High School Musical