WHO WE ARE
The John Raitt Awards for Youth (JRAY) “Supporting High School Performing Arts Education in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties and the Inland Empire Since 2008.”
The JRAY mission is to promote and support high school education by recognizing musical theater excellence in all performance and technical production categories, and to provide outstanding students with unique opportunities and professional exposure through the granting of awards and educational scholarships.
The JRAYs were named to honor John Raitt, a successful stage, film, and television actor who began his performance career as a Fullerton Union High School student in Plummer Auditorium. One of his last roles was in the role of “Zorba” for Fullerton Civic Light Opera (FCLO) Music Theatre, the organization under which JRAY operates.
JRAY Awards are given for on stage and behind the scenes work. Qualified judges view and rate each of the participating schools’ shows during the school year, which culminates in the JRAY Awards Ceremony at the end of the high school season. JRAY gives over 200 awards for achievement.
Both the Male Actor of the Year and Female Actress of the Year are awarded $1500 each and sent to New York for a one-week, all expenses paid, intensive workshop with Broadway Professionals. Their experience finishes with a showcase before Broadway Agents and Casting Directors. For details see broadwayartistsalliance.org.
Fullerton Civic Light Opera (FCLO) Music Theatre
The JRAY program operates under the umbrella organization of FCLO Music Theatre, which was founded as a nonprofit organization in December 1971, under the organizational name of Fullerton Civic Light Opera Music Theatre. FCLO was a fixture in the Orange County Performing Arts scene for decades. They won numerous awards for their productions, provided a platform for performers young and old, and produced live musical theater for over 45 years.
Today, the exclusive focus of FCLO is on JRAY Awards, which is managed by a Board of Directors, all of whom are volunteers.
The participating schools will be invited to perform on stage for a 2-5 minute cutting of their adjudicated musical. A guest panel of professional performers will adjudicate these performances, and there will be a trophy presented to the winning show of the day.
AWARD FORMAT FOR JRAY
Each category will have nominees as voted upon by the panel of judges. All nominees will be presented with an award. The first place winners will receive beautiful JRAY trophies. The award-winning performances and recognition for students and schools include, but are not limited to the following categories.
BAA Actor & Actress of the Year (Grand Prize winners who go to NY)
Actress in a Leading Role
Actor in a Leading Role
Cameo – Male
Cameo – Female
Dancer – Male
Dancer – Female
Soloist – Male
Soloist – Female
Student Stage Manager
Director of the Year
Comedy Musical of the Year
Dramatic Musical of the Year
Discretionary Awards (as applicable): To recognize a student-driven production of excellence in various categories, such as costuming, choreography, scenic design, lighting, etc. The determination will be made by the judges on a school-by-school basis when adjudicating the musical.
BAA WINNERS: Each year JRAY will send two winners (one female and one male) to Broadway Artists Alliance (“BAA”) in New York City to attend their one-week summer workshop intensives and master classes conducted by Broadway professionals – culminating in solo performances before industry professionals and casting agents. Additionally, the two winners will receive a cash award from JRAY for $1,500 each.
JRAY’S WINNING DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Wins both a prestigious JRAY Trophy and a cash award of $1,000 to their school theatre arts’ department.
This season we are offering the following $1000 scholarships:
- The Jan & Griff Duncan Memorial Scholarship
- The Michele Leighton Memorial Scholarship
- The FCLO Scholarship
- The Sun Dragon Great Cause Foundation Scholarship
- The Jerry Mackey Memorial Scholarship
- The Doris Winters Scholarship
- The K. Lee Peck Stage Manager’s Scholarship
We also offer the INVENT “Take Your Skills to the Big Stage” Scholarship, which is a very special opportunity for a student who specializes in some aspect of technical theater, to attend a unique training course in SenovvA/INVENT’s Hollywood studios.
We are also very pleased to offer the 2nd Annual “Broadway Artists Alliance Scholarship, which pays for one more student to attend BAA’s summer workshop (Air fare and lodging not included.)
All of our scholarships are made possible by our generous donors and sponsors, both private individuals and corporate. Scholarship recipients are determined by a scholarship review panel and are based on merit/ grade point/ school participation and need. Nominations must be made from a participating school to be eligible. The names of scholarship recipients are announced on the day of the Awards show.
Our goal is to help promote each school’s theater program and encourage community involvement/support through media releases.