Triple Threat and Jimmy Awards Auditions

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

Important Dates 2019

February 25 – April 5: Submission period

April 29: Live Auditions

May 4: Callbacks

June 2-11: Showcase rehearsals and events

June 19-25*: Triple Threat Broadway Experience presented by Sun Country Airlines

June 16-25*: The Jimmy Awards (The National High School Musical Theatre Awards)

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

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Triple Threat

At Spotlight Showcase, the finalists perform live and four winners are recognized. 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 19 – Tuesday, June 25.*

Jimmy Awards

Two students from the Triple Threat finalists will be chosen to go to New York to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (the Jimmy® Awards) — 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. Sunday, June 16 – Tuesday, June 25.*

Spotlight Education is honored to send six students to New York City to experience unique professional opportunities.

*Dates are approximate and subject to change.


Portfolio Information

Students interested in participating in the Triple Threat and Jimmy Awards process 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 25

Closes: 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 5

Portfolio Requirements

  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Leadership Essay
    • 1 – 2 pages describing your high school musical theatre experience and how you’ve displayed talent, leadership and community through your artistic work. Be sure to include any of your experiences with Spotlight Education.
  • Video Submissions (not to exceed five minutes). Please include:
    • 2 – 3 min: Two contrasting songs with piano accompaniment
    • 1 min monologue
    • A video of you performing the provided dance combination (see video below)

The Spotlight Triple Threat award recipients will be presented to students who not only have talent for singing, dancing and acting, but who also show leadership ability and efforts to better their community through their art.

Your director will also be asked to provide a reference should you advance to the live audition.

Dance Combination

Download the dance combo music here.

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

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 2018 – 19 season. Find qualifying roles at JimmyAwards.com.
  • Nominees must be free of conflicts and available for all days during NHSMTA week, Monday, June 17 – Monday, June 24.

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 24, 2019 at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Coaching and rehearsals for this one-of-a-kind event will be held Monday, June 17, 2019 through Monday, June 24, 2019 in New York City. For more information, please visit JimmyAwards.com.