Spotlight Student & Educator Information

Opportunities for Directors and Students

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Auditions Masterclass – March 4.

High School, college and professional auditions tips and tricks of the trade! Triple Threat Audition information will also be a hot topic! Learn more.

The Triple Threat Submission: March 6 – April 21.

Triple Threat honorees are praised for their excellence in singing, acting and dancing as well as demonstrating community leadership, teamwork and artistry. Following a vigorous series of evaluations, four winners will be selected and honored with the Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience, presented by Sun Country Airlines. The Triple Threat Broadway Experience is an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to meet with industry professionals, participate in workshops and attend Broadway shows in June. Learn more.

 Spotlight Showcase 2013-2014

Spotlight Education 2016-2017 Calendar


Spotlight Education Director Resources

Master List of Events and Deadlines
2016 - 2017 Directors Handbook
Spotlight Snipe

More about the Spotlight Education Program

Spotlight Honors Model: Throughout the year, skilled evaluators adjudicate musical theatre productions at schools throughout Minnesota and provide constructive feedback to participating students. The Spotlight model offers recognition based on the production’s own merit and schools are not judged competitively against other schools.

Spotlight Showcases: The Spotlight Showcase events are public events held annually at the State Theatre. These professionally produced evenings are designed to highlight the amazing talent that exists in Minnesota high school musical theatre programs. Last year’s event performed to a sold out audience.

Musical Theatre Workshops: Throughout the year, Spotlight schools have the opportunity for students to gain insight from local theatre professionals through interactive workshops Hennepin Theatre Trust offers free of charge to participating schools. With past topics including belting, audition techniques and creative movement in dance, these collaborations give Spotlight schools a chance to supplement and enhance their own theatre curriculum. Schools in the Metro area participate in person, while schools throughout Greater Minnesota participate via videoconferencing technology.

For more information on the workshops, please visit the Musical Theatre Workshops page.

Broadway Masterclasses: Throughout Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Broadway Season, Spotlight students will be invited to register for special masterclasses taught by the touring artists and technical crew. These workshops will be available only to students from our Spotlight schools. Students in Greater Minnesota can either travel to Minneapolis or participate remotely through videoconferencing technology.

For more information, please visit the Broadway Masterclasses page.

Spotlight educators can also participate in the Ticket Exchange and Stock Exchange that encourage attendance at each other’s performances and allow them to share resources between schools.