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.


Through the Production Assessment process, Spotlight  sends trained theater professionals and educators to watch and assess participating school’s musical theater productions.


Spotlight Showcase is a professionally produced, two-night event highlighting the hard work and talent of the students, teachers, families and community members that are part of the vibrant high school musical theater community in Minnesota.


Masterclasses give Spotlight  schools the opportunity to supplement and enhance their own musical theater curriculum by gaining insights and inspiration from local and touring theater professionals.

Critical Review

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

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!