Through the Production Assessment process,Spotlight sends trained theatre professionals and educators to watch and assess participating school’s musical theatre productions. The Production Assessment is an educational tool to encourage, inspire and enhance Spotlight school’s musical theatre programs and strengthen the skills of student artists — onstage and offstage. Check the tabs below to learn more about the types of assessments every school has access to.
The performance evaluation process is designed to give high school musical theatre students and production teams educationally-focused feedback on production execution. The evaluation is also a determining factor for honors granted to your school and students.
Three (3) trained performance evaluators attend each school production. Each show is evaluated in several categories, including movement, vocal, and acting technique for ensemble, execution of the technical aspects of the production, and individual performances.
The process is not competitive. Honors are given solely based on the merits and achievements presented within each school’s production. We evaluate productions based on the available and unique resources of each school.
Performance Evaluators serve as three of the four (4) total evaluations a show receives – feedback given is relayed to schools and the evaluation is considered in the awarding of honors
The Pre-Evaluation Assessment is an optional element in the Production Assessment process and includes a visit by an evaluator to a dress rehearsal, the scheduling of which will be pre-arranged between Spotlight Education based on evaluator availability and school preferences.
The purpose of this pre-assessment is to provide insight to directors and students about what their Spotlight evaluators will be looking for and how they can make adjustments to present an even stronger performance. There is an opportunity for evaluators to speak directly to students following the dress rehearsal, or for evaluators to speak only to the director(s) (this is based on director preference).
The Pre-Evaluation does not count towards a school’s official evaluations, it is only provided to give students the opportunity to receive feedback from a Spotlight-trained evaluator before their show opens.
The Technical Assessment includes a visit by an evaluator to a tech or dress rehearsal, the scheduling of which will be pre-arranged between Spotlight Education based on evaluator availability and school preferences.
The purpose of this visit is for the evaluator to observe the work of student technicians, designers, and managers as they are immersed in tech week. Evaluators are there to provide helpful and encouraging observations that energize and empower the students, as they move toward the run of the show.
Recognizing that our evaluators are inserting themselves into the artistic process at a busy time for the students, we encourage our evaluators to meet briefly with them at the beginning of the scheduled tech or dress rehearsal to introduce themselves and clarify that their presence is in the spirit of educational support, not criticism.
Our evaluators are visiting to be another pair of eyes, to reinforce the work of the educators and to help nurture the development of the technical student artists. The evaluators are not interested in the immediate achievement of the students in the rehearsal, but rather their work ethic and effort they display, helping them to grow through the process.
Technical Evaluators serve as one of the four (4) total evaluations a show receives – feedback given is relayed to schools and the evaluation is considered in the awarding of honors.
All of our evaluations (Pre-, Technical, and Performance) are conducted by our Spotlight Evaluators. These evaluators are professional artists and educators with a strong theatre background who have worked extensively in musical theatre performance, technical theatre, and or/educational theatre. All evaluators are required to participate in an annual training, and those interacting directly with students complete a background check.
Spotlight Evaluators primary responsibilities and duties are:
- Attend mandatory pre-season evaluator orientation each year of evaluating services
- Be available to evaluate school productions (as per evaluator’s availability) and provide a written evaluation through the online form between 1-3 days after viewing production.
- Provide professional, detailed feedback when completing all evaluation forms with the intention to promote educational growth of individuals and high school programs.
Interested in serving as a Spotlight evaluator for the 2020-2021 season? Email us at SpotlightEducation@HennepinTheatreTrust.org.