Brima Gassama and Vera Brown emerged as the Lead Actor and Lead Actress winners during the 13th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards presented by the Orpheum Theatre Group at the Orpheum Theatre. (Courtesy photos)

Brima Gassama of Germantown High School and Crosstown High School’s Vera Brown will represent the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards at The National High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Jimmy Awards – at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.

Gassama and Brown emerged as the Lead Actor and Lead Actress winners during the 13th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards presented by the Orpheum Theatre Group at the Orpheum Theatre last Thursday (May 26).

Students and supporters from 38 participating schools across three states gathered in celebration of their peers performing on the Orpheum stage and in support roles behind the scenes. The evening was a culmination of a year-long program bringing students from all over the Mid-South together for an intensive week of team building, collaboration, and celebration of musical theatre.

The Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards is part of The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy Awards), which includes 46 programs from across the country. Presented by The Broadway League Foundation, the program sends a Lead Actress and Lead Actor award recipient from each of the competitions to New York City for a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only showcase on Broadway. T

The 13th annual Jimmy Awards will take place on June 27.

Brown and Gassama will join other nominees, who will spend June 20 through June 28 in New York City. The nominee’s combined efforts throughout the week will lead to a talent showcase performed live in front of an audience on a Broadway stage.

The 13th Annual Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards were sponsored in part by Ticketmaster, Dean HD, Production One, and Sedgwick. 

(For more information, visit www.JimmyAwards.com; www.orpheum-memphis.com.)