Spotlight Showcase

Spotlight Education works to build strong communities by supporting high school theatre arts programs across the state of Minnesota.


Spotlight Showcase

Spotlight Showcase is a professionally-produced, two-night event taking place at the Historic State Theatre. It highlights the hard work and talent of the students, teachers, families, and community members that are part of the vibrant high school musical theatre community in Minnesota. Over 1,600 students participated on and offstage at our 2017 showcase.

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  • $300 underwrites the cost for a Minnesota student to participate in Spotlight Education for one year
  • $500 can help us support a Spotlight director in attending the program’s special events and professional development for one year
  • $1,000 underwrites a masterclass at which we provide performance and technical training from some of the best in the business
  • $2,500 makes it possible for a school to participate in the annual Spotlight Showcase

We are excited to announce that the 2019 Spotlight Showcase dates are Monday, June 10 and Tuesday June 11. Tickets go on sale soon, take a look at this year’s participating schools.

Any individual student receiving an Honorable Mention or Outstanding Honor is invited to perform in the inter-school group numbers led by the Spotlight Showcase artistic staff.

All schools receiving an Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre honor are invited to present medleys with their entire cast or a small group at Spotlight Showcase. The medleys are the responsibility of the school and its creative staff.

The following medleys are arranged and choreographed by the Spotlight Showcase Artistic Staff:

  • Outstanding (Individual Honors)
  • Honorable Mention (Individual Honors)
  • Outstanding Student Orchestra Students
  • Seniors
  • Triple Threat Top 10

If you have any questions regarding Showcase participation, please email us at

A detailed rehearsal schedule, sign-ups and additional Spotlight Showcase information will be sent to your primary contact in early 2019. The following dates are being held for Spotlight Showcase events:

  • Rehearsals for Spotlight Showcase: June 3-9, 2019
  • Spotlight Showcase: Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the State Theatre