Hennepin Theatre Trust COVID-19 Updates

Triple Threat and Jimmy Awards Auditions

Students posed for a group photoPerformers walk dancing animatedly in two rows

Important dates 2020

February 24 – April 15: Round 1 video submission period

April 15 at 11:59 p.m.: Round 1 video submission deadline

April 22: Advancement to Round 2 announced and materials distributed

April 27 at 11:59 p.m.: Round 2 video submission deadline

May 1: Advancement to Virtual Interviews announced

May 3: Virtual Interviews

May 6: 2020 Triple Threat Finalists announced

May 30 – June 9: Showcase Rehearsals & Events

TBD: Triple Threat Broadway Experience presented by Sun Country Airlines

Interested students must be available for all dates. Please email us at SpotlightEducation@HennepinTheatreTrust.org with questions.

*Dates subject to change

Triple Threat Portfolio Submission

Triple Threat

At Spotlight Showcase, the Triple Threat finalists perform live, and four students are recognized. Due to the Broadway League’s decision to cancel the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards), we have decided to extend an offer to two additional students this year, to ensure that 6 Minnesotan students receive professional Broadway experiences. The honorees receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York in late June, where they attend Broadway shows, meet with industry professionals and participate in workshops to hone their Triple Threat skills. This Spotlight Education  Triple Threat Broadway Experience is presented by Sun Country Airlines, taking place Wednesday, June 24 – Tuesday, June 30.*

Jimmy Awards

The Broadway League has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Jimmy Awards® due to the ongoing crisis with COVID-19. This decision was made out of respect for the health and safety of the many students, families, theatre professionals, and fans who attend and participate in this national program each year.

Each year, Spotlight Education sponsors two student representatives to participate in the Jimmy Awards®, a talent showcase in New York recognizing the country’s best high school performers.

Portfolio information

Following a vigorous series of evaluations, four students will be honored with the Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience, presented by Sun Country Airlines. Additionally, two students will be selected to represent Minnesota at The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (the Jimmy® Awards), presented by United Properties. Both include an all expense paid trip to New York City to meet with industry professionals, participate in workshops and attend Broadway shows.

Students interested in participating in the above offerings must submit a portfolio with the information below. Please look carefully at the dates and times. Finalists must be available for all performances and rehearsals.

Submission period

Opens: 10 a.m., Monday, February 24, 2020

Closes: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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 include any of your experiences with Spotlight Education.
  • Video submissions (not to exceed five minutes). Please include:
    • 2-3 minutes: Two contrasting songs (verse and chorus) with piano accompaniment
    • 1 minute monologue
    • A video of you performing the provided dance combination (found below)
    • Optional: A clip of you performing any special dance skills

The Spotlight  Triple Threat Experience will be presented to students who exceed in singing, dancing and acting, and also lead and collaborate within their communities. your director(s) will be asked to provide a reference should you advance.

Note: Our website only accepts submissions until Wednesday, April 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Dance combination

Watch this video and listen to the required dance combo music to learn the dance portion of the Triple Threat audition.

NEW: Optional additional dance section. if you would like to show any special skills or tricks in your dance audition (including special turns, leaps, jumps, gymnastics, acrobatics, etc.), please attach an additional dance segment using this “optional additional dance combo music” below.

Please note: In your audition video, you should perform the entire dance combo as choreographed using the “required dance combo music.” if you choose to show additional dance skills, please include a separate clip of these skills using the “optional additional dance combo music.”

Required dance combo music:

Optional additional dance combo section music:


Round 2 information

Students will be notified by Wednesday, April 22 if they are moving forward to the second round of the Triple Threat audition process.

Students involved will be asked to:

  • Sing: One 32 bar cut (verse and chorus) and must provide sheet music
  • Read: Material provided at the live audition
  • Dance: Video combination plus additional material

Rehearsal  calendar (view)

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

The Broadway League has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Jimmy Awards® due to the ongoing crisis with COVID-19. This decision was made out of respect for the health and safety of the many students, families, theatre professionals, and fans who attend and participate in this national program each year.

Spotlight Education is proud to once again participant in the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) program. Outstanding Lead Performer recipients are eligible to audition to be one of two participants, one actor and one actress, sent to New York City for nationals. The week-long experience includes rehearsals, master classes, private coaching and interviews with theater professionals leading up to the live awards show where the Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress are presented.

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (the Jimmy® Awards) are a national celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance and elevating the importance of theatre arts education in schools. The Jimmy Awards are presented by The Broadway League Foundation.

Auditions: To be considered for the Jimmy Awards, students must participate in the Triple Threat audition process.

Who’s eligible?

  • Receive an Outstanding Lead Performer Award in the 2019 – 20 season. Find qualifying roles at JimmyAwards.com.
  • Nominees must be free of conflicts and available for all days during NHSMTA week, Sunday, June 21 – Monday, June 29.

There is no financial obligation for the students who are chosen to travel to nationals. All travel, accommodation and food costs will be paid for by NHSMTA and Hennepin Theatre Trust.

The Jimmy® Awards/National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (NHSMTA) program impacts more than 100,000 students who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by presenters of Touring Broadway productions throughout the United States. Presented by the Broadway League Foundation, the program sends a Best Actress and Best Actor winner from each of these competitions to New York for a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only talent showcase on Broadway. Named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, the program has been the catalyst for more than $2,000,000 in educational scholarships.

The tenth annual Jimmy® Awards will take place on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Coaching and rehearsals for this one-of-a-kind event will be held Sunday, June 21, 2020 through Monday, June 29, 2020 in New York City. For more information, please visit JimmyAwards.com.