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Spotlight Showcase 2021: Spotlight Belongs to Us

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Spotlight Showcase 2021: Spotlight Belongs to Us

Streaming live on Tuesday, June 15, 2021
6:30 p.m. pre-show event | 7 p.m. performances

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Spotlight Showcase is an annual recognition event, formally recognizing the extraordinary achievements, hard work, and talents of the students and educators who make up the vibrant high school theater community across Minnesota. This year’s uplifting theme, Spotlight Belongs To Us, celebrates the spirit of unity among all who participate in the Spotlight Education network.

All Spotlight students have the unique opportunity to participate in an on-set theatrical experience filmed at host schools and venues around the state; including Hennepin Avenue in front of the State Theatre in the Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis. Two highly anticipated awards will close out the evening with the announcement of the Triple Threat Broadway Experience and the Technical Theater Career Pathway. These awards go to students who display excellence in performance or technical theater, as well as demonstrate community leadership, teamwork and artistry. They will receive an all expense-paid trip to New York City to hone their theater skills.

All filming will be in accordance with the guidelines outlined by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz for the health and safety of the community. Participants must agree that masks will be non-negotiable. Registration for each of the following opportunities opens on April 12th, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Ways to participate

Triple Threat Finalists

If you are a Triple Threat Finalist, you are invited to the Hennepin Theatre District to participate in the creation of Spotlight Showcase as part of an intensive rehearsal and filming process. To prepare for rehearsal, Young Artists will receive advance vocal and choreography tracks by May 12th. For updated scheduling information, please check out our Triple Threat Broadway Experience webpage.

Technical Theater Finalists and Student Publicists

If you are selected as a Technical Theater Career Pathway or Student Publicist finalist, you will be assigned to mentors and work closely on the creation of Spotlight Showcase and surrounding pre/post show events. Finalists can expect to engage in the rehearsal and filming sessions for various elements of the show. For updated scheduling information, please check out our Technical Theater Career Pathway webpage and our Student Publicist webpage.