Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Critical Review student reviewer program gives Metro-area high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions, SpotLight Musical Theatre Program events, workshops to develop writing skills, and other opportunities depending on availability. Critical Review teaches communication skills and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of Critical Review, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who teach workshops in lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew.
Students post their reviews and interact online through our Critical Review Clubhouse (online access is required for participation). This program is free of cost to participants. Students are accepted through an application process.
Visit the Critical Review Clubhouse to see stellar reviews of stellar shows!
- To provide high school students the opportunity to develop an appreciation for live theatre
- To provide a unique and engaging forum for students learning outside of the classroom
- To develop and enhance critical thinking, self-expression and analytical writing skills
Elements of the Program
- Participants see up to eight live theatre performances, often touring Broadway productions, at the State, Orpheum or Pantages Theatres and write reviews
- Opportunity to review press materials provided to the professional media
- Workshops with professionals in the theatre and journalism fields
- Tour of one of the Trust's Historic theatres
- Student reviews posted on the Hennepin Theatre Trust website and SpotLight's Critical Review reviewer site
Applications for the 2013-2014 Critical Review season will be posted September 2, 2013.
What participants are saying:
“I LOVE Critical View so much! Going to see all of those plays was so amazing. I really appreciate what the program has done for me.”
-Diamond Billinger, Critical Review student
“Fiddler on the Roof is one of the best performances I have seen this year, tied with Wicked and Spring Awakening. There is no one better than Chaim Topol to tell the classic story of family hardship and change.”
-Sara Sommers, Critical Review student
“I have loved Rent ever since I saw the movie. Being able to see the stage version with two of the original cast members was beyond amazing. It was so much fun and definitely an experience I’ll always remember.”
-Alicia Battle, Critical Review student