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Other opportunities

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Spotlight students, schools, and educators have the opportunity to be honored in other ways during Spotlight Showcase. See below for information on our Community Engagement Award, Theater Educator Award, and our Broadway Experiences.

Community Engagement Award
The Community Engagement Award is given to a school(s) that goes above and beyond the performance to make a difference within the community. This award challenges schools to use the production to make connections creatively and innovatively, fill a need, resolve conflict, provide extended services, and/or engage the community. Some things to consider:

  • What are some of the complex themes within your production and how can those affect the community?
  • Was the musical chosen to coincide with a social, political economic and/or community initiative
  • Is there contextual information that you are providing in innovative ways — such as post-show discussions or programs in conjunction with neighborhood organizations?
  • What positive change or learning has come as a direct result of working with the community?
  • How will the impact of this production be seen/felt after the show has closed?

There may be multiple recipients for this award. Special consideration is given to projects and initiatives that are student driven, and inspired by or directly related to the themes and/or content of your musical production. Spotlight Education will email each school’s primary contact for the link to your customized Community Engagement application. All applications and supporting materials must be received by Friday, May 14, 2021.

Theater Educator Award
Every year, Spotlight Education recognizes an outstanding educator for their work with theater students and the advancement of arts education. This award will honor high school teachers, directors, or educators who embody the highest standards in performing arts education and demonstrate a positive impact on the lives of students. Current or past students, school administrators, parents, community members or fellow arts educators may nominate an educator for this award. Nominations for the Theater Educator Award are due by Friday, May 14, 2021. The Theater Educator Award 2021 Nomination Form will be made available each spring.

Broadway Experiences

Technical Theatre Excellence Award
Spotlight Education is proud to honor and recognize the hard work of technical students in high school theater. For award consideration, students must be a graduating senior and submit a portfolio of their work. Student work submitted in the portfolio can feature any discipline of technical theatre. Finalists must be available to participate in Spotlight Showcase-related activities, including all rehearsals and performances. At Spotlight Showcase, two students are recognized for this honor. The honorees will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York, where students will have opportunities and experiences to expand their knowledge, tools, and connections to further their technical careers. The Spotlight Education Technical Theatre Excellence Career Pathway. Applications for the Technical Theatre Excellence Honor will be made available each spring.

Triple Threat Award
Spotlight Education recognizes individual performances through the Triple Threat Award, which honors students (juniors and seniors) who excel in three areas — dancing, singing and acting — in addition to leadership in the community. For award consideration, students must audition by submitting a portfolio of their work. Spotlight Education staff chooses a group to attend a live audition and a live callback, where a panel of local artists select finalists. During Showcase rehearsal week, Triple Threat finalists learn and rehearse numbers to be performed at Spotlight Showcase. They also participate in vocal coaching and rehearse other featured moments for the show. At Spotlight Showcase, the finalists perform live and four winners are recognized. The honorees receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York, 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 fueled by Sun Country Airlines. Applications for the Triple Threat Award will be made available each spring.

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (The Jimmy® Awards)
Spotlight Education is proud to once again participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) program. Spotlight students who received an Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role are eligible to audition to be one of two participants, one actor and one actress, sent to New York City for nationals. Find qualifying roles at JimmyAwards.com. The all-expenses paid, 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 theater arts education in schools. The Jimmy Awards are presented by The Broadway League Foundation. Minnesota Jimmy nominees are sponsored by United Properties. To be considered for the Jimmy Awards, students must participate in the Triple Threat audition process and be selected as a Triple Threat Finalist