The annual celebration of high-school theater in the Rio Grande Valley, the Palm Awards is going online. Event organizers of the Palm Awards will livestream the awards show May 24 at 3 p.m. on the Palm Awards Facebook page, on TV (Somos El Valle channel 5.2 or cable 1240) and also streaming online.
“The Palm Awards is the ultimate celebration of high-school theater in our region, with over 1,700 in attendance for an evening of outstanding musical performances,” said John Garza, Palm Awards president. “On this night, hundreds of high-school students from across the Rio Grande Valley are recognized for their achievements in theater, much like the Tony Awards celebrate the best of Broadway, including a red-carpet experience.”
“We’ll be featuring at-home performances from our nominees, clips of the nominated productions and some very special guests,” said Hector Garcia, director of the Palms Awards. “There will be many surprises during the show,” he said.
More to the annual event
“In addition to the announcement of this year’s winners during the online event, scholarships will also be awarded in major acting categories,” Garza said. “We wanted to make this year extra special for those students who weren’t able to finish out their senior year. And while we can’t celebrate and honor the students’ achievements together, we can at least try to honor them with special guests sprinkled throughout the awards presentation.”
Who are the extra-special guests? Gilbert Zepeda Jr., co-founder of the Palm Awards, provides a sneak peek.
“The Palm Awards offers an opportunity for students and educators to share their creative accomplishments,” said Zepeda. “We also hope to instill in young people the value of engaging in the performing arts as a lifelong pursuit. We are bringing back some Valley alums who went on to pursue their dreams on the stage and screen, as well as the amazing cast of NBC’s New Amsterdam, to present some of the awards.
Visit the Palm Awards Facebook page to find out which NBC actors are making an appearance during the show.
About the Palm Awards
The Palm Awards celebrate the educational value, artistry, and community of high-school musical theater in South Texas. The program evaluates 25 participating high schools, 37 productions and more than 1,000 students in productions from Harlingen to La Joya during the 2019-2020 school year. A team of Rio-Grande-Valley-theater professionals then nominate students in each award category. A complete list of the nominees for the 2020 Palm Awards is available on the Palm Awards Facebook page.