FCLO’s Elizabeth Romero won the 2012 National High School Music Theatre Awards, $10,000, and a featured part in a PBS prime time  special, “Broadway or Bust”, which chronicled the journey of 54,000 students from their high school productions to the regional and national competitions.

Who We Are
The JRAY Program operates under the umbrella organization of Fullerton Civic Light Opera Music Theatre (FCLO), under the direction of General Manager, Griff Duncan. FCLO was established 40 years ago and is a nonprofit association. FCLO is a member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Association and has been invited to participate in a nation-wide competition sponsored by the Nederlander Family. The 2013 competition will be held Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. The winners (best actor and best actress) are eligible to receive 4-year scholarships to NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama and were also each awarded $10,000 cash prizes provided by the Nederlander Organization. Runners up each receive $2500.


Employees Club of  Boeing
Orange County Community Foundation
Rotary Club of Fullerton
National Charity League, Fullerton Chapter
FCLO Guild
Opus Community Foundation


  1. APA Huntington Beach HS
  2. Beverly Hills HS 
  3. La Habra HS
  4. Laguna Beach HS
  5. Los Angeles County HS of the Arts
  6. Mira Costa HS, Manhattan Beach
  7. OCSA, Santa Ana
  8. Orange Lutheran HS
  9. Palos Verdes HS
  10. SOCSA, Dana Hills HS
  11. Temple City HS
  12. Walnut HS
  13. Yorba Linda HS


The judges will meet in the next few months to schedule the dates we will be attending your school’s musical. Each director will be contacted by one of the JRAY team via email to provide you with the date of our attendance and to order tickets (there will be 5-7 judges).


The award show will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Plummer Auditorium, 201 East Chapman, Fullerton, CA 92832.


Some tickets will be provided free of charge to each participating school. If additional tickets are needed, they will be sold for $10 per student, and $15 per parent/family member. The general public ticket fee will be $20. In addition to funding the JRAY Program, the proceeds will help send our winning actor and actress to New York to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.


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.


Each category will have nominees as voted upon by the panel of judges. All nominees will be presented with an award. The first place winner will receive a trophy. The award-winning performances and recognition for students and schools include, but are not limited to the following categories:

Best Performance by a Leading Actor
Best Performance by a Leading Actress
Best Performance by a Featured Actor
Best Performance by a Featured Actress
Best Performance by a Comedian
Best Performance by a Comedienne
Cameo Performer of the Year – Male
Cameo Performer of the Year – Female
Best Musical Production of the Year – Budget I ( maximum of $10,000)
Best Musical Production of the Year – Budget II ( above $10,000)
Best Student Orchestra (cannot have more than three adults performing in the orchestra)
Director 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.

The Winner for Best Actor and Best Actress will be presented a prestigious trophy at the award show.

We will also annouce the JRAY student representatives (one female and one male) who will be sent to the National High School Musical Awards to compete in New York. All expenses will be underwritten by JRAY.


Three $1000 scholarships are currently given at the awards ceremony based on merit/ grade point/ school participation and need. Nominations must be made from a participating school to be eligible. The program is seeking funding to increase these scholarships in the future.

JRAY Team Judges
Neil Caplin – Technical background including set design, set construction, set execution, lighting, graphic design
Courtney Cotter – Professional Stage Manager for Disneyland
Bob Curley – Educator/Principal in the Irvine School District
Karin Godfrey – 30+ years adjudicating musicals and officially JRAY Ambassador
Diana Gordon – Professional Actress
Gary Gordon – Professional Actor/Director
David MacInnis – FCLO Board Member, 20+ years theatre experience
Eydie MacInnis – Professional Choreographer
Matthew J. Schwartz – Technical background including Set Construction and Execution, Prop Design and Construction, Specialties Construction, Marketing, Advertising and Design
Susan Takeda – Costumer and Props

JRAY Team Crew
Griff Duncan – CEO FCLO Music Theatre (JRAY Sponsor)

Michele Leighton – Producer and JRAY Program Coordinator
Vicki Schindele – Director /Liaison for Annual Award Show



Our goal is to help promote each school’s theater program and encourage community involvement/support through media releases.



Participating schools and calendar information containing the show dates and times will be included.


Michele Leighton, meleighton@cox.net

Vicky Schindele, vickischindele@gmail.com

Griff Duncan, fulclo@sbcglobal.net