The Jerry Herman High School Musical Theatre Awards Of Los Angeles

Hollywood-based Grosh Backdrops & Drapery proudly helps usher in the next generation of theater actors  by sponsoring the third annual Jerry Herman High School Musical Theatre Awards of Los Angeles, at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, June 1, 2014.

The Jerry Herman Awards are part of the National High School Musical Theater Awards.  The program celebrates and recognizes L.A. high school students’ individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performance.  The program also honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to excellence in performing arts education.

In all, 37 high schools are competing for an array of awards, including the Grosh Scenery Award.  Grosh will present the winning school with a $500 certificate towards the rental of backdrops or drapes for productions next school year.  

Winners of the best leading actor and actress awards will also each receive $1,000, plus an all-expenses paid trip to New York where they will receive five days of private coaching, master classes and rehearsals with theater professionals.  Finally, they will compete for the National High School Musical Theater Awards which culminate in a performance at a theater on Broadway.

The Hollywood event marks the second year Grosh has sponsored the Jerry Herman Awards with a $2,500 donation.  “We’re committed to emerging performers, and thrilled to help highlight the talent of Los Angeles area students,” said Rick Kiel, Grosh Backdrops & Drapery General Manager.

In addition, Grosh has painted a custom backdrop for the gala awards show at the historic and elegant Pantages Theatre.   “We’re excited and honored at the opportunity to once again help set the stage for such a commendable production at such a beautiful venue,” Kiel said.

Grosh Backdrops & Drapery is Hollywood’s longest supporting partner.  For 85 years, Grosh has constantly worked to improve how scenery comes to life in the theater by evolving with the industry.  Whether a production needs a forest landscape, New York City Buildings, or a ship for Peter Pan, Grosh can make it on deadline and within your budget.  

Grosh works with productions of all sizes across the country.  In April, Grosh sponsored the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards in Chicago, and the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards in Atlanta.  Grosh is also honored to be working with productions in Las Vegas, including Pat Benatar, Raiding the Rock Vault, as well as stunning scenes for South Bay Ballet’s rendition of Peter Pan. 

Founded in 1932 by R.L. Grosh, the company has been the industry leader in providing backdrop rentals, custom backdrops and stage curtains for theaters and performances all over the United States.  In addition to backdrop rentals, Grosh also is the creator of the “Backdrop Lift.”  The revolutionary telescoping lift and truss system expedites stage backdrop setup time.  The Company also recently launched its new custom, hand painted backdrop division which designs and executes custom backdrops and murals.  For more information, please call toll free: (877) 363-7998 or visit www. or

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