ST. LOUIS — Several high school musical theater students were recognized Monday night. Students from more than 20 schools across the region received nominations for the St. Louis High School Musical Theater Awards. 

Some students who received a nomination tonight will be considered to go compete in New York City to perform at the National Musical Theater Competition. Beyond that, Monday night was about recognizing amazing local talent and a lot of hard work.  

It’s a night of applause and appreciation for amazing talent across the metro. More than 1,400 musical theater students from 25 high schools performed in musicals all year. They were then judged by local theatre professionals organized by The Muny. 

“I am honored that I was nominated for this award, and this is probably going to be going on my wall later tonight,” said Khaleo Price, who is a senior at Belleville West. Price played the lead in the musical, “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”  

Price said the medallion is more than a medal.  

“This to me means that what I was trying to portray to my audience,” Price said. “The judges saw that as well.”

Diyosa Funk is a senior at Belleville East and played the lead in Little Shop of Horrors. It’s the first year her school was nominated.

“So, we went from never having gotten a nomination, to now we got six this year. So everyone in our program is elated,” Funk said.

Both Diyosa and Khaleo got these medallions. It means they could be selected to compete and perform on Broadway at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, known as the Jimmy Awards.  

The St. Louis ceremony is in partnership with the Fabulous Fox Theatre, The Fox Performing Arts Foundation, and the Muny. 

Last year, the medallion ceremony was virtual due to the pandemic.

“We were happy with how many schools came back,” said Erica Rogers, the marketing and outreach manager for the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. “To be able to collaborate with the Muny and the Fox shows how supportive a community we have in wanting to lift up these young kids.”

The official ceremony will be at the Fox Theatre on May 22, where the judges will select one lead actor and actress to compete in New York City.