Spotlight Showcase is Minnesota high school theater’s biggest celebration! Over 1,600 students participate in the awards and recognition event, presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education program. After a year of participating in the Spotlight-evaluated shows or applying for the select Triple Threat, Technical Theater, Publicist and Orchestra tracks, students from across Minnesota will take the stage at the historic State Theatre. Appearances are also made by educators, community members and alumni. Spotlight Showcase 2022: Heart of Hennepin will highlight Spotlight communities returning to downtown Minneapolis and recognize 100 years of entertainment in the Hennepin Theatre District. Spotlight Showcase proudly employs professional staff from both the Twin Cities and Broadway to collaborate with students across all areas of theater.
Support the work of Spotlight Education by becoming a Friend of Spotlight:
Level 1: Supports educational feedback by a teaching artist for each Spotlight evaluated production. $100
Level 2: Supports masterclasses for high school performers, technicians and musicians led by local and national teaching artists. $75
Level 3: Supports Spotlight’s monthly “Musical Theatre in a Minute” virtual series. $50
Level 4: Supports “Unpacking the Show,“ a resource that enhances the way educators approach theater critically and responsibly. $30
Educators, friends and family of Spotlight students: Please see Spotlight Showcase 2022 school performance night assignments prior to ticket purchase to ensure you buy a ticket on the night your school is performing.