2023 Jester Awards

MTWichita is thrilled to host the 21st annual Jester Awards and celebrate the amazing theatrical productions of high schools across Kansas during the 2022-2023 school year. Despite challenges and limitations with health and safety protocols in the 2021-2022 school year, this program sent 61 judges to view 147 performances involving more than 2,900 students and 49 schools across the state of Kansas.

Applications for schools interested in participating during the 2022-2023 school year are due September 16, 2022;  all performances must be held prior to March 27, 2023.

For additional information about the application requirements and award nominations click here!  A summary of criteria for each nomination category can be found here!

About the Jester Awards Program

In 2002, Music Theatre Wichita launched a the Jester Awards to honor excellence in high school musical theatre. With a skilled and dedicated team of judges attending dozens of performances, the Jester Awards have won praise for successfully increasing awareness and pride in the achievements of local young people.

The Jester Awards program recognizes the extraordinary amount of work, creativity, and dedication that faculty and students pour into their high school theatrical productions. Recognition is given to casts and crews, directors and designers – all who work to stage these great works of musical theatre. Within practical limitations regarding number of schools and distance from Wichita, every effort is made to be as inclusive as possible. Recent participants include a great many Wichita area schools, and schools extending across Kansas such as Garden City, Hays, Salina, and Pittsburg, and more!

The program has grown exponentially each year since its inception thanks to the support of founder Belden Mills and his wife Anna, the Lois K Walls Jester Fund at MTWichita, and the Naftzger Fund for the Fine Arts.

View the 2022 Jester Awards Ceremony here!

Jester Adjudicators

Theatre-loving volunteers are needed as adjudicators for our Jester Program. Volunteers attend several high school productions throughout the year, and provide feedback to help determine Jester Award Nominees and Honorees.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Jester adjudicator please complete this form!

If you need additional information, email Joshua Larson, Education Director.