The State Theatre Center for the Arts announces the participating schools in the 2018 Freddy Awards program. The awards show will take place on May 24th at the State Theatre and it will be broadcast live on 69 WFMZ-TV and WFMZ.com. In its 16th year, the Freddy Awards recognizes and rewards exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania, and Warren County, New Jersey.
The Freddy Awards broadcast has been honored two regional EMMY Awards, in 2005 & 2011 and has also received 5 additional EMMY Nominations, 6 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, including the 2008 Award for Outstanding Television Program Designed for Children, and 6 Associated Press Award for Public Affairs. The 2008 program was the subject of a feature-length film documentary, Most Valuable Players, by Canyon Back Films, Los Angeles. Released in 2010, the documentary is part of Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) documentary film club which premiered in 2011, and is available on DVD and streaming on Netflix.