Hennepin Theatre Trust COVID-19 Updates

Triple Threat Broadway Experience and The Jimmy Awards

2018 Triple Threat finalists

2018 Triple Threat finalists perform

Vocal recordings will take place at Minnehaha Academy on Friday, May 28.

Access Triple Threat rehearsal materials here

Triple Threat Broadway Experience

Junior and Senior students with expertise in singing, acting, dancing, and leadership are invited to apply for the Triple Threat Broadway Experience with a submission of required materials including: headshot, resume, performance auditions, and written essay. An interview and director references will be requested. After an intensive rehearsal process, the finalists perform at Spotlight Showcase and four (4) winners are awarded with the Triple Threat Broadway Experience fueled by Sun Country Airlines – an all-expenses paid trip to New York, where the Young Artists attend Broadway shows, meet with industry professionals, and participate in workshops to hone their skills.

*Travel to the Triple Threat Broadway Experience will take place in 2022 or 2023 due to COVID-19.

National High School Musical Theater Awards (The Jimmy Awards)

Two (2) Spotlight Education Triple Threat finalists will represent Minnesota at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards). As presented by the Broadway League Foundation, the program has, in past years, invited two nominees from each of these regional ceremonies to New York City to participate in a theatre intensive including coaching and rehearsals with Broadway professionals in preparation for a one-night-only talent showcase on a Broadway stage. In 2021, all coaching, rehearsals, and activities will take place online for the 70 nominees from 35 regions around the US. This will culminate with two talented students presented with a Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor award with a total of 20 awards and scholarships available to participants. Find further qualifying information at JimmyAwards.com.

2021 Triple Threat Broadway Experience & Jimmy Awards Calendar

  • April 26: Live audition or round 2 virtual submissions Due
  • April 7: Submission close at 11:59 p.m.
  • May 8: Callbacks or virtual interviews
  • May 23: Vocal Camp. Time: 12-3 p.m.
  • May 24 – 28: Rehearsal. Time: 4-8 p.m.
  • June 1: Rehearsal. Time: 4-8 p.m.
  • June 2: Vocal Recording Day. Time: 4-9 p.m.
  • June 3 – 5: Rehearsal. Time: Time TBD
  • June 6 or 7: Downtown Minneapolis Filming. Time: All Day.
  • June 8-14: Triple Threat events. Detailed schedule forthcoming.
  • June 15: Spotlight Showcase event at Hennepin Theatre Trust. Detailed schedule forthcoming.
  • June 20-July 1: Jimmy Awards rehearsal week*, virtual

*In order to be considered for the Jimmy Awards, students must be free of conflicts for the Jimmy Awards rehearsal week.

Submission period

Opens: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
Closes: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Portfolio requirements

  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Leadership essay
    • In 400 words, describe your high school musical theater experience and how you’ve displayed artistry, leadership and collaboration. Be sure to highlight any of your experiences with Spotlight Education.
  • Audition Videos (not to exceed five minutes). Please include:
    • Monologue (1 minute suggested)
    • Two contrasting songs with piano accompaniment* (2-3 minutes suggested>
    • Dance combination from provided video (see below), including required dance combination and special skills section.

*If you need assistance with accompaniment tracks, please contact Spotlight Education Resident Music Director, Andrew Bourgoin at andrew.bourgoin@hennepintheatretrust.org.

Note: Our website only accepts submissions until Wednesday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m.

2021 Triple Threat dance combination

Watch the 2021 Triple Threat Dance Combination video with Linda Talcott Lee to learn the dance combination for your audition videos. The 2021 Triple Threat Dance Combination Music Cut to practice and perform the dance combination for your audition video.

Please note: In your audition video, you should perform the entire dance combo as choreographed using the “2021 Triple Threat Dance Combination Music Cut.” As noted in the video, please use the last section of music to show off your special skills, including any jumps, turns, or any other special tricks.

Dance combination tutorial video

Required dance combo music

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy® Awards)

The Broadway League is pleased to announce that the 12th Jimmy Awards® will be presented on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Due to the ongoing health concerns with COVID-19, this year’s program will be completely virtual. Additional details on how to watch will be available soon.

“The safety and security of our nominees, staff, and audience remain our top priority, and so the Jimmy Awards are going virtual this year. For 2021, we have adjusted the rules to allow the regional programs the opportunity to include high schools that do not present a full-scale production to be eligible at their discretion. Although fans won’t be in a Broadway theatre, we will still have the chance to cheer on all the talented nominees, see amazing performances, and be part of this wonderful celebration of arts education,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League.

This national talent showcase celebrates high school students from across the country and features dynamic ensemble and solo performances. The Jimmy Awards® / The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®) program impacts more than 140,000 students who participate in high school musical theatre competitions each year, sponsored by presenters of Touring Broadway productions throughout the United States.

As presented by the Broadway League Foundation, the program has, in past years, invited two nominees from each of these regional ceremonies to New York City to participate in a theatre intensive including coaching and rehearsals with Broadway professionals in preparation for a one-night-only talent showcase on a Broadway stage.

In 2021, all coaching, rehearsals, and activities will take place online for the 70 nominees from 35 regions around the US. This will culminate with two talented students presented with a Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor award with a total of 20 awards and scholarships available to participants.

The program has been the catalyst for more than $4,000,000 in educational scholarships to date, and several student participants have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions. For more information, please visit www.JimmyAwards.com. Follow the Jimmy Awards on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube!

Apples and Oranges Arts is the livestream and video production partner. The official media partner is WABC-TV.

The Broadway League conducts the program through The Broadway League Foundation, which acts as its philanthropic arm. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to enlighten and increase the public’s knowledge, appreciation and awareness of the theatrical arts, and since its founding in 1993, has supported several projects to help preserve Broadway’s heritage and expose new audiences to Broadway theatre. The Foundation is a corporation organized under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York, the purposes of which are exclusively charitable as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Donations to support the program can be made at JimmyAwards.com.