Spotlight Education Program

Spotlight Showcase 2017 with students in a half circle around one woman

Students & Educators

Spotlight students and educators — stay up to date on workshops, offers and opportunities!


Spotlight Showcase, which highlights the hard work and talents of the state’s finest musical theatre students and programs, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 10 – 11, 2019 at the State Theatre.


Learn more about becoming a Spotlight Evaluator to give students and teams feedback on production execution!

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 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.

See the complete list of Spotlight Education Spring 2019 Productions!

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 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!