Spotlight Education Program

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Spotlight Showcase, which highlights the hard work and talents of the state’s finest musical theatre students and programs, will be held on Monday, June 12 and Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the State Theatre.

Evaluator Resources

Please click here if you are or are interesting in becoming a Spotlight Evaluator!

Critical Review

Become a critic! High school students who join the Critical Review program get the chance to attend and review Broadway touring shows. Click here to see the reviews.

Spotlight Education honors and supports Minnesota high school musical theatre 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 theatre 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 theatre education. Through this advocacy, we reinforce the state-wide community that inspires high school musical theatre artists, teachers and families to participate in and celebrate high school musical theatre.

Join Spotlight Education

Learn more about Spotlight Education and how your school can get involved.

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2016-17 Spotlight Schools

To see a list of spring productions, click here!

Academy of Holy Angels

Alexandria Area High School

Andover High School

Apple Valley High School

Becker High School

Bemidji High School

Benilde-St. Margaret’s School

Blaine High School

Blake School

Buffalo High School

Cambridge-Isanti High School

Centennial High School

Champlin Park High School

Chanhassen High School

Chaska High School

Chisago Lakes High School

Columbia Heights High School

Concordia Academy

Coon Rapids High School

Cretin Derham Hall

DeLaSalle High School

Detroit Lakes High School

Eagan High School

East Ridge High School

Eastview High School

Edina High School

Farmington High School

Forest Lake Area High School

Great River School

Hill-Murray School

Hinckley-Finlayson High School

Irondale High School

Kennedy High School

Lakeville North High School

Lakeville South High School

Little Falls Community High School

Mahtomedi High School

Main Street School of Performing Arts

Mankato East High School

Maple Grove Senior High School

Mayo High School

Minneapolis FAIR High School

Minneapolis Washburn High School

Minnehaha Academy

Minnetonka High School

Moorhead High School

Mound Westonka High School

New Life Academy

North Branch Area High School

North High School, North St. Paul, MN

Orono High School

Osseo Senior High

Park High School

Park Rapids Area High School & Menahga High School Theater Co-op


Pierz Healy High School

Princeton High School

Prior Lake High School

Rogers High School

Rosemount High School

Saint John’s Preparatory School

Sauk Rapids-Rice High School

Shakopee High School

Simley High School Theatre

South St. Paul Secondary School

Spring Lake Park High School

St. Cloud Tech High School

St. Francis High School

St. Paul Academy and Summit School

St Croix Preparatory Academy

Stillwater Area High School

Tartan High School

The International School of Minnesota

Thomas Jefferson High School

Totino-Grace High School

Triton High School

VISTA Productions/Theatre Department of Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy

Watertown Mayer High School

Wayzata High School

White Bear Lake Area High School

Winona Senior High School

Woodbury High School

Zimmerman High School

Want to become a Spotlight School? Register here.

Spotlight Spokesperson Laura Osnes

We’re thrilled and honored to announce that Minnesota native and Broadway actress Laura Osnes will be 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.

“Participating in the Trust’s Spotlight Musical Theatre 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 theatre 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!