Fritz Hager III, 22, of Tyler, is competing on "American Idol" for a spot in the final 3. 

He has loved music all his life, but his passion for musical theater first began in high school, according to his parents. After high school and a semester of college, Hager came back home to Tyler and got involved with the Tyler Civic Theatre.

Ahead of Sunday's watch party at the theatre to support Hager, take a look back at photos of Hager's theatre performances over the years.