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 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 Fall Shows

Show School Opening Date
Fiddler on the Roof Waconia High School 10/10/19
13: The Musical Forest Lake Area High School 10/24/19
The Little Mermaid Kennedy High School 10/24/19
Seussical Tartan High School 10/25/19
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Hutchinson High School 10/30/19
Bye Bye Birdie Irondale High School 10/31/19
Little Shop of Horrors Chanhassen High School 10/31/19
Mamma Mia! Detroit Lakes High School 10/31/19
All Shook Up Rogers High School 11/1/19
The Little Mermaid New Life Academy 11/1/19
The Drowsy Chaperone East Ridge High School 11/1/19
Spamalot North High School 11/1/19
Chaplin the Musical Minnetonka High School 11/2/19
Legally Blonde The Musical Bemidji High School 11/7/19
Disney’s High School Musical Totino-Grace High School 11/7/19
Hair Washburn High School 11/7/19
Ragtime Maple Grove Senior High School 11/7/19
Once Upon a Mattress Burnsville High School 11/7/19
Fiddler on the Roof St. Michael Albertville High School 11/7/19
Once Upon a Mattress South St. Paul Secondary School 11/8/19
Matilda Edina High School 11/8/19
Shrek the Musical Osseo Senior High 11/8/19
Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway Fridley High School 11/8/19
Legally Blonde Wayzata High School 11/8/19
The Addams Family St. Cloud Tech High School 11/14/19
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Winona Senior High School 11/14/19
Legally Blonde Sauk Rapids-Rice High School 11/14/19
The Wizard of Oz Orono High School 11/15/19
The Drowsy Chaperone Chaska High School 11/15/19
The Addams Family: A New Musical Champlin Park High School 11/15/19
All Shook Up Farmington High School 11/15/19
The Addams Family – School Version Woodbury High School 11/15/19
Legally Blonde St. Louis Park High School 11/15/19
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Cambridge-Isanti High School 11/15/19
Aida White Bear Lake Area High School 11/15/19
Hairspray Shakopee High School 11/15/19
Shrek the Musical Chisago Lakes High School 11/21/19
Cinderella (2013 version) Pierz Healy High School 11/21/19
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Mahtomedi High School 11/21/19
Mamma Mia Prior Lake High School 11/21/19
Guys and Dolls Buffalo High School 11/21/19
Curtains Morris Area High School 11/21/19
Newsies Mayo High School 11/21/19
Annie Watertown Mayer High School 11/21/19
Freaky Friday Zimmerman High School 11/22/19
Matilda the Musical Moorhead High School 11/22/19
Annie Mound Westonka High School 11/22/19
Urinetown Creative Arts Secondary School 11/22/19
Elf the Musical Lakeville North High School 12/6/19
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn Hill-Murray School 12/6/19
Into the Woods Great River School 12/6/19
Newsies Thomas Edison High School 12/12/19