Minneapolis High School Students to Shine in 12TH ANNUAL SPOTLIGHT SHOWCASE

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that the 12th annual SPOTLIGHT SHOWCASE, a component of the Trust's Spotlight Education program, will run June 12-13, 2017 at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis). Professionally produced, the SPOTLIGHT SHOWCASE highlights the hard work and talents of the state's finest musical theatre students and programs with live performances. Schools and students are honored in categories including individual performances, overall productions and technical achievement.

Tickets are on sale now to the general public at the State Theatre Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 982-2787 and online atHennepinTheatreTrust.org.

A limited number of "Friend of Spotlight" tickets, including priority seating and a donation to the Spotlight Education program, are available for $25 to $100 by ordering at HennepinTheatreTrust.org. All pricing includes a Building Restoration Fee of $1.50.

As the Trust's premier education program, Spotlight Education supports and honors Minnesota high school students and programs focused on musical theatre. Laura Osnes, a Minnesota native, Broadway performer and former Spotlight Education participant, is the program's 2016-2017 spokesperson.

Each year, Spotlight Education provides valuable educational, performing and creative experiences for more than 5,000 students in more than 80 schools throughout the state. These activities help foster essential life skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving and self-expression which students carry into their adult lives.

Through Spotlight Education, participating students receive professional training and guidance to enhance their artistic, technical and performing skills. This wide-ranging program has four key components:

  • Masterclasses offer an array of training from local theatre professionals and Broadway performers.
  • Critical Review teaches students all aspects of musical theatre so that they are able to write professional theatre and performance reviews.
  • Production assessments connect high schools with theatre professionals and educators who offer feedback and guidance on the schools' musical theatre productions throughout the year.
  • Spotlight Showcase, the culmination of the year-long program, invites all participating high schools to take center stage and perform before live audiences in one of the Trust's historic theatres.

The week leading up to the Spotlight Showcase includes rehearsals with professional choreographers, musical directors and technicians. Four students will also be recognized for outstanding performance with the Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience, presented by Sun Country Airlines, which represents excellence in dancing, singing and acting, as well as community leadership. 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.

For a complete list of participating schools and honors, please visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org. Spotlight Showcase is made possible by Slumberland Furniture. The Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience is presented by Sun Country Airlines.

Follow Spotlight Education at:

Twitter: @spotlightMN

Instagram: #spotlight_MN

Facebook: Spotlight Education

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