Two SpotLight Showcase Events Are Scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 14 and 15 at the historic State Theatre. Tickets Are On Sale Now.
MINNEAPOLIS (june 2, 2015) — Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today the spring 2015 honorees recognizing theatre accomplishments by Minnesota students and schools participating in the 2014-15 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program culminating in the SpotLight Showcase Sunday, June 14 and Monday, June 15 at the State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., downtown Minneapolis).
Now celebrating its Tenth Anniversary, SpotLight is the Trust’s premier education initiative which supports and honors Minnesota high school musical theatre students and programs that produce annual musicals. Minnesota native, award-winning Broadway performer and former SpotLight participant, Laura Osnes, is the current SpotLight spokesperson.
During 2014-2015, a record number of 77 schools including 18 from greater Minnesota, are presenting musicals made possible by the collaboration of almost 6,000 students. These productions are seen annually by an estimated 175,000 audience members. This past spring, 39 schools presented musicals and a group of evaluators assessed each school’s production. They submitted nominations for categories including outstanding performance in leading, supporting and featured roles; outstanding performance by a chorus, dance ensemble and student orchestra; outstanding overall performance of a musical, and outstanding overall production of a musical. Shows are not compared or ranked against each other, so categories may have multiple honorees.
Spring honorees are from schools located in Alexandria, Andover, Anoka, Apple Valley, Blaine, Bloomington, Buffalo, Collegeville, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove, Dodge Center, Eden Prairie, Faribault, Hopkins, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Oakdale, Richfield, Rogers, Sauk Rapids, Spring Lake Park, St. Francis, St. Louis Park and St. Paul. The complete list of schools and honorees is available online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org. Fall honors were announced previously.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of SpotLight, the only program of its kind in Minnesota. It has served more than 40,000 students and 100 schools, growing from 18 schools in 2005-2006 to 77 schools for 2014-2015. SpotLight provides significantly valuable educational, performing and creative experiences that help students develop essential skills for success such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and self-expression. In the program, students work with local and national theatre professionals who offer training, hands-on learning, critical feedback, on-site school workshops and master classes.
Schools and participating students will be honored at SpotLight’s culminating event, the Tenth Annual SpotLight Showcase which takes place over two nights at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 and at 7 p.m. Monday, June 15 at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., downtown Minneapolis). A limited number of tickets for each performance are on sale now for only $15 and may be purchased in person (no service fees) at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave.) or online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org. “Friends of SpotLight” tickets, including priority seating and a tax deductible donation to the SpotLight Program, are available for between $25 and $100 and may be purchased online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org or by calling 612.455.9536.
Educators who want to participate in SpotLight for the 2015-16 school year should contact Sarah Paquin, Programming Assistant, at 612.455.9529 or [email protected] The application deadline will be in October 2015. SpotLight is made possible by private donations and corporate contributions.
School Participants in the 2014-15 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program
Alexandria Area High School: Mary Poppins
Andover High School: A Year With Frog and Toad
Anoka High School: Seussical the Musical and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Apple Valley High School: Bye Bye Birdie
Bemidji High School: The Wizard of Oz
Benilde-St. Margaret’s (St. Louis Park): Urinetown: The Musical
Blaine High School: Once On This Island
The Blake School (Minneapolis): Anything Goes
Buffalo High School: Children of Eden
Cambridge-Isanti High School: Back to the 80s
Centennial High School (Circle Pines): Legally Blonde The Musical
Chanhassen High School: The Addams Family
Chaska High School: Footloose
Chisago Lakes High School (Lindstrom): White Christmas
Columbia Heights High School: The Addams Family
Concordia Academy (St. Paul): Bye Bye Birdie
Coon Rapids High School: The Drowsy Chaperone
Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul): Hairspray
DeLaSalle High School (Minneapolis): Babes in Arms
Eagan High School: Godspell
East Ridge High School (Woodbury): Into the Woods
Eastview High School (Apple Valley): Hairspray
Edina High School: Little Shop of Horrors
The FAIR School (Minneapolis): Hairspray, Jr.
Farmington High School: Urinetown: The Musical
Forest Lake Area High School: Anything Goes
Fridley High School: Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida
Glencoe-Silver Lake High School: Shrek the Musical
Henry Sibley High School (Mendota Heights): Guys and Dolls
Hibbing High School: Bye Bye Birdie
Hill-Murray School (Maplewood): High School Musical
Hinckley-Finlayson: Anne of Green Gables
International School of Minnesota (Eden Prairie): Shrek the Musical
Irondale High School (New Brighton): Anything Goes
Kennedy High School (Bloomington): Shrek the Musical
Lakeville North High School: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Lakeville South High School: Oliver!
Main Street School of Performing Arts (Hopkins): The Wedding Singer
Mankato East High School: In the Heights
Maple Grove Senior High: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis): The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Minnetonka High School: Urinetown: The Musical and Brigadoon
Moorhead High School: Chicago
Mound Westonka High School: Band Geeks
Mounds Park Academy (St. Paul): The Wizard of Oz
New Life Academy (Woodbury): Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
North High School (North St. Paul) Grease
Park High School (Cottage Grove): Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Pierz Healy High School (Pierz): High School Musical
Princeton High School: The Music Man
Richfield High School: Across the Universe
Rogers High School: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Rosemount High School: A Christmas Carol
Sauk Rapids-Rice High School: Oklahoma and Pirates of Penzance Jr.
Shakopee High School: The Drowsy Chaperone
Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Faribault): Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Simley High School (Inver Grove Heights): Hairspray
South High School (Minneapolis): The Wiz
South St. Paul Secondary School: Disney’s Aladdin
Southwest High School (Minneapolis): Ragtime
Spring Lake Park High School: Shrek the Musical
Saint John’s Prep School (Collegeville): Oliver!
Saint Paul Academy and Summit School: Urinetown: The Musical
St. Francis High School: Footloose
St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists: Anything Goes, Once on this Island and Fugitive Songs
Tartan Senior High School (Oakdale): The Wizard of Oz and 9 to 5
Thomas Jefferson High School (Bloomington): Seussical the Musical
Totino-Grace High School (Fridley): Shrek the Musical
Triton High School (Dodge Center): Fiddler on the Roof
Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy, VISTA Productions: The Drowsy Chaperone
Washburn High School (Minneapolis): Dracula: A Pain In The Neck and In the Heights
Watertown-Mayer High School: Pippin
Wayzata High School (Plymouth): Spamalot
White Bear Lake Area High School: The Addams Family
Winona Senior High School: Shrek the Musical
Woodbury High School: Curtains
Zimmerman High School: The Music Man
HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development. We achieve our mission by presenting a rich mix of live performances, creating inspiring arts education experiences and advancing a thriving Cultural District in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Trust’s activities include presenting Broadway touring productions and the related Broadway Confidential series, concerts, comedy, speakers and other variety entertainment, plus educational initiatives including our SpotLight Musical Theatre and SpotLight Critical Review programs for high schools, Teen Ushers, the Access Program and Family Day on Hennepin events.
The SpotLight Showcase events are funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.