Triple Threat on Hennepin and The Jimmy Awards

Triple Threat

Triple Threat on Hennepin

Junior and senior students with interest or experience in singing, acting, dancing and leadership are invited to audition for Triple Threat on Hennepin with a submission of required materials including: headshot, resume, video audition and personal essay. Director references will be requested. Select students will be invited to the live audition where a panel of theater professionals will determine 24 Triple Threat students, who will participate in an intensive coaching, rehearsal and performance process for Spotlight Showcase in downtown Minneapolis. The 24 triple threats have the option to be considered for the Triple Threat New York Experience OR to become a Minnesota nominee for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (The Jimmy Awards®).

Triple Threat New York Experience

The Triple Threat New York Experience is an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, where young artists attend Broadway shows, meet with industry professionals and participate in workshops. After rehearsals, coachings and performing at Spotlight Showcase, four (4) students of the 24 Triple Threat students are awarded the Triple Threat New York Experience fueled by Sun Country Airlines.

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

Spotlight Education is proud to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) program. Triple Threat students are eligible to be one of two participants sent to New York City for nationals. Find qualifying roles at 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 Award® Nominees are sponsored by United Properties.

Triple Threat on Hennepin auditions open every spring. For questions, please email [email protected].

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

The Jimmy Awards® is a national talent showcase celebrating outstanding student achievement and recognizes the importance of theatre arts education in schools. The evening features dynamic ensemble and solo performances and will conclude with two talented students being presented with the awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.

“More than 90 remarkable nominees will be selected from high school productions representing 140,000 participating students who will compete for the opportunity to perform on a Broadway stage and will be joining us in New York for the Jimmy Awards! Each year, these talented teens come to NYC to pursue their dreams and learn from some of the best professionals on Broadway,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “Theatre has an incredible way of bringing people together and the experience shared by the Jimmy Awards® nominees is awe-inspiring.”

The Jimmy Awards®/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®) program impacts 140,000 students who participate in nearly 50 regional high musical theatre competitions sponsored by presenters of touring Broadway productions throughout the United States. Named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, the program has been the catalyst for more than $5,000,000 in educational scholarships.

Founded in 2009 by Nederlander Alliances LLC, Pittsburgh CLO, and Broadway Education Alliance (BEA), the mission of the NHSMTA is to raise the profile of musical theatre in schools, recognize dedicated teachers, and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. Numerous student participants have already been cast in Broadway, Touring, and West End productions.

Presented by The Broadway League Foundation Inc., the NHSMTA invites one Best Actress and one Best Actor nominee from each local regional ceremony to New York City for a week-long theatre intensive that includes coaching, training, and rehearsing led by some of Broadway’s most accomplished professionals. Following all their combined efforts throughout the week, the nominees will all perform during one extraordinary talent showcase performed live in front of an audience on a Broadway stage. For more information, please visit

The Broadway League conducts the program through The Broadway League Foundation Inc., its philanthropic division. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to enlighten and increase the public’s knowledge, appreciation, and awareness of the theatrical arts, and since its founding in 1993, has supported several projects to help preserve Broadway’s heritage and introduce new audiences to Broadway theatre. The Foundation is a corporation organized under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York, the purposes of which are exclusively charitable as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Donations to support the program can be made at

What does Spotlight Education look for in a Triple Threat?

  • Skill and willingness to grow in singing, dancing, and acting
  • Preparedness in material, auditions, and rehearsals
  • Communication
  • Timeliness
  • Emotional preparedness
  • Leadership in high school theater program
  • Authenticity
  • Diverse experience
  • Team-oriented