Spotlight Showcase is an annual recognition event, formally recognizing the extraordinary achievements, hard work, and talents of the students and educators who make up the vibrant high school theater community across Minnesota. This year’s uplifting theme, Spotlight Belongs To Us, celebrates the spirit of unity among all who participate in the Spotlight Education network.
The evening will feature a variety of performances, honors and guest appearances filmed at host schools and venues around the state, including Hennepin Avenue in front of the State Theatre in the Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis. Two highly anticipated awards will close out the evening with the announcement of the Triple Threat Broadway Experience and the Technical Theater Career Pathway. These awards go to students who display excellence in performance or technical theater, as well as demonstrate community leadership, teamwork and artistry.
All filming will be in accordance with the guidelines outlined by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz for the health and safety of the community.
A year of coping and creating for Minnesota students
You can tell high school musical theater students that they can’t meet in in person, but you can’t tell them they can’t create. High schools across Minnesota were preparing for their big spring performances when they were forced to shut down rehearsals in March 2020. Those shutdowns led to a flurry of creativity, problem solving and growth unlike anything we’ve seen before.