Arizona’s representatives will be Briana Fleming, winner of Best Lead Female, and Sam Primack, winner of Best Lead Male.

“I’m looking for something to help me improve,” said Fleming, a recent graduate of Marcos de Niza High School. “I’m hoping to get some really good advice from the people who are helping out with the madness of the Jimmy Awards. 

As the Fairy Godmother in her school’s production of "Cinderella," Fleming’s performance about dreams coming true helped her fulfill her own aspirations. Just like Cinderella, she didn’t see it coming. 

“I didn’t think I was going to win,” reflected the humble young actor. “The whole time I was like, ‘This isn’t happening.’”

Sam Primack, who will be a senior at Chaparral High School next year, starred in his school’s production of "Catch Me If You Can," but was not able to attend ASU Gammage’s High School Musical Theater Awards due to scheduling conflicts.

Primack said he was overjoyed and excited to find out that he had won because he believes participating in the Jimmy Awards will be an incredible opportunity.

“I’m hoping to learn a little bit about myself and the way that I can perform to the best of my abilities,” he said. “I’m excited to meet new people and learn along with them.”

At ASU Gammage’s ceremony, 10 other students won awards, two won scholarships and Perry High School’s production of "Mary Poppins" was awarded for its best Overall Performance.

The ninth annual Jimmy Awards, hosted by "Dear Evan Hansen" star Ben Platt, will take place June 26 at Manhattan’s Minskoff Theatre. Tickets are on sale now. 

Marketing and Communications Assistant, ASU Gammage