Hennepin Theatre Trust COVID-19 Updates

Spotlight Education

2019–2020 Spotlight Education school registration

Spotlight Education  is now accepting school registration for the 2019–2020 school year. If you are new school interested in joining the program, please fill out this blank registration form and contact Spotlight Education  at SpotlightEducation@HennepinTheatreTrust.org for any questions. If you are a returning school, please email Spotlight Education  for your registration form.

Please note: To ensure that Spotlight Education  can continue to serve high school musical theater programs and students across the state of Minnesota, Spotlight  will be offering a tiered system of participation. As of fall 2019, Spotlight  schools will have the opportunity to choose their level of involvement in the program at the time of registration. There are two different tracks — the production assessment track and the non-assessment track. Learn more about this change.

Spotlight Education  honors and supports Minnesota high school musical theater students and programs.

Spotlight  honors high school musicals and students by formally recognizing the extraordinary achievements and process of developing the young artists, onstage and offstage, in our state’s high school musical theater programs.

We support participating programs and artists by providing high-quality learning, performing and creative experiences for students, thereby developing and empowering the next generation of innovative leaders.

Through Spotlight Education,  we advocate for the importance of high school musical theater education. Through this advocacy, we reinforce the statewide community that inspires high school musical theater artists, teachers and families to participate in and celebrate high school musical theater.


Spotlight Spokesperson Laura Osnes

We’re thrilled and honored that Minnesota native and Broadway actress Laura Osnes is Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education  spokesperson! She starred on Broadway in Rodgers+ Hammerstein’s Cinderella and credits her Broadway success to the amazing support and training she received during her high school years doing musicals in Eagan, Minnesota.

Laura Osnes headshot, red dress

“Participating in the Trust’s Spotlight Education Program inspired and equipped me for a successful career as an actress,” said Osnes of her experience while she was a student at Eagan High School performing in high school musicals.

“I am truly honored to serve as the spokesperson and to help encourage the next generation of theater enthusiasts to learn from friends and professionals and to work hard to achieve their dreams.”

Check out Laura’s IBDB profile and Facebook Fan Page!


Spotlight Education spring 2020 shows

School Show Opening date
Owatonna High School Once Upon a Mattress 2/20/2020
Eagan High School South Pacific 2/21/2020
St. Croix Preparatory Academy Once Upon a Mattress 2/21/2020
PiM Arts High School Matilda 2/28/2020
Concordia Academy The Sound of Music 3/6/2020
DeLaSalle High School Catch Me If You Can 3/13/2020
Spectrum High School Seussical 3/13/2020
Saint John’s Preparatory School Fiddler on the Roof 3/20/2020
Stillwater Area High School Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 3/27/2020
Elk River High School Disney’s The Little Mermaid 3/27/2020
Triton High School The Wizard of Oz 3/31/2020
Mora High School 9 to 5: The Musical 4/2/2020
Centennial High School The Addams Family 4/15/2020
Minnehaha Academy The Wizard of Oz 4/16/2020
The International School of Minnesota Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 4/16/2020
Columbia Heights High School Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella 4/16/2020
Mankato East High School Bye Bye Birdie 4/16/2020
Park High School Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical 4/17/2020
Thomas Jefferson High School Fiddler of the Roof 4/17/2020
Spring Lake Park High School Seussical 4/17/2020
Tartan High School Footloose 4/17/2020
Henry Sibley High School The Addams Family 4/17/2020
Lakeville North High School Little Shop of Horrors 4/23/2020
Mounds Park Academy Into the Woods 4/23/2020
Lakeville South High School TBA 4/23/2020
Cretin-Derham Hall High School Holiday Inn 4/24/2020
VISTA Productions/Theatre Department of Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy Newsies 4/24/2020
Coon Rapids High School Hairspray 4/24/2020
Minnetonka High School Fiddler on the Roof 4/25/2020
Mahtomedi High School Mamma Mia! 4/30/2020
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School Freaky Friday 4/30/2020
Washburn High School Mamma Mia! 4/30/2020
North Branch Area High School Big Fish the Musical 4/30/2020
St. Francis High School Newsies 4/30/2020
Little Falls Community High School Little Women 4/30/2020
Rosemount High School Urinetown the Musical 4/30/2020
Champlin Park High School Disney’s The Little Mermaid 5/1/2020
Blaine High School The Wizard of Oz 5/1/2020
Andover High School Little Women 5/1/2020
Southwest Christian High School Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 5/1/2020
PiM Arts High School Peter and the Starcatcher 5/7/2020
St. Paul Academy and Summit School Chicago 5/15/2020
Simley High School The Drowsy Chaperone 5/20/2020
Edina High School Theatre for All – Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. 5/28/2020