Spotlight Student & Educator Information
There are many more opportunities throughout the year. Keep checking this page to stay current on all that is offered through this dynamic program!
September 26th: Director Orientation @ Washburn High School from 6pm-8pm
September 30th: Spotlight Registration Closes
October 6th: Spotlight Night @ 5-10
October 17th: Spotlight Masterclass: Stage Management @ Saint John’s Preparatory School – featuring Tiffany Orr PSM for Theater Latte Da
October 20th: Spotlight Night at Cabaret: Education ticket offer & Post Show Talk Back
December 3rd: Broadway Masterclass: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time *pending show availability
December 14th: Spotlight Educator Mixer & a Show Deal – Fun Home
More about the Spotlight Education Program
Spotlight Honors Model: Throughout the year, skilled evaluators adjudicate musical theatre productions at schools throughout Minnesota and provide constructive feedback to participating students. The Spotlight model offers recognition based on the production’s own merit and schools are not judged competitively against other schools.
Spotlight Showcases: The Spotlight Showcase events are public events held annually at the State Theatre. These professionally produced evenings are designed to highlight the amazing talent that exists in Minnesota high school musical theatre programs. Last year’s event performed to a sold out audience.
Musical Theatre Workshops: Throughout the year, Spotlight schools have the opportunity for students to gain insight from local theatre professionals through interactive workshops Hennepin Theatre Trust offers free of charge to participating schools. With past topics including belting, audition techniques and creative movement in dance, these collaborations give Spotlight schools a chance to supplement and enhance their own theatre curriculum. Schools in the Metro area participate in person, while schools throughout Greater Minnesota participate via videoconferencing technology.
For more information on the workshops, please visit the Musical Theatre Workshops page.
Broadway Masterclasses: Throughout Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Broadway Season, Spotlight students will be invited to register for special masterclasses taught by the touring artists and technical crew. These workshops will be available only to students from our Spotlight schools. Students in Greater Minnesota can either travel to Minneapolis or participate remotely through videoconferencing technology.
For more information, please visit the Broadway Masterclasses page.
Spotlight educators can also participate in the Ticket Exchange and Stock Exchange that encourage attendance at each other’s performances and allow them to share resources between schools.