Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces Fall 2013 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program Honors
Friday, December 20, 2013
Two SpotLight Showcase Events Scheduled for June 8 & 9
Tickets On Sale February 14
MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin Theatre Trust announced the fall 2013 honorees recognizing theatre accomplishments by Minnesota schools and students participating in the 2013-14 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program. SpotLight is the Trust’s flagship educational initiative which honors and supports Minnesota high school musical theatre programs and students. Minnesota native, Broadway star and two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes is the new SpotLight spokesperson.
This year, a record 67 schools including 13 from greater Minnesota, are presenting musicals made possible by the collaboration of almost 5,400 students, which are annually seen by an estimated 130,000 audience members. This fall, 38 schools presented musicals and a group of evaluators assessed each school’s production with written commentary. They then 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.
Fall honorees are from schools located in Apple Valley, Bemidji, Bloomington, Buffalo, Cambridge, Chanhassen, Chisago Lakes, Circle Pines, Edina, Fridley, Forest Lake, Glencoe, Hibbing, Lakeville, Maplewood, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Moorhead, Mound, New Brighton, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shakopee, St. Paul, South St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, White Bear Lake, Watertown, Winona and Woodbury. The complete list of schools and honorees is available online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.
SpotLight, sponsored by TCF Bank, provides world-class 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 educators and Broadway musical theatre professionals who offer training, critical feedback, on-site school workshops and master classes.
Wendy Souja, Theatre Director and North Campus Choir Director at White Bear Lake Area High School, praised SpotLight when she said, “It sets a concrete bar for our students in a world of subjective art which taps into their desire to do better. SpotLight helps focus strengths and areas of improvement. It pushes students to reach their potential because of the positive and collaborative process.”
Schools and participating students will be honored at SpotLight’s culminating events, the ninth annual SpotLight Showcase, held for the first time on two nights on Sunday, June 8 and Monday, June 9, both at 7 p.m., at the Orpheum Theatre. These in-demand celebrations recognize high school musical theatre accomplishments by featuring student performances and honoring participants. Last year’s event sold out and featured more than 1,200 Minnesota students performing on the Orpheum stage. Tickets for both nights of the SpotLight Showcase go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 and may be purchased in person (no service fees) at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave.), the New Century Theatre Box Office (615 Hennepin Ave.), online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org, by calling 1.800.982.2787 or visiting a Ticketmaster Center.
Educators who want to participate in SpotLight for the 2014-15 school year should contact Whitney Rhodes, SpotLight Manager, at 612.455.9531 or whitney.rhodes@HennepinTheatreTrust.org. The application deadline will be in October 2014. SpotLight is made possible by private donations and corporate contributions. To support this program, get additional information about it and sponsorship opportunities at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.
School Participants in the 2013-14 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program
Andover High School: The Music Man
Bemidji High School: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Benilde-St. Margaret’s, St. Louis Park: Spring musical to be announced at a later date
Blaine High School: Spring musical to be announced at a later date
The Blake School, Minneapolis: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Buffalo High School: The Phantom of the Opera
Cambridge-Isanti High School: Bye Bye Birdie!
Centennial High School, Circle Pines: Once Upon a Mattress
Central High School, St. Paul: Little Shop of Horrors
Chanhassen High School: Urinetown: The Musical
Chaska High School: The Wizard of Oz
Chisago Lakes High School: Seussical: The Musical
Columbia Heights High School: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Concordia Academy, Roseville: Spring musical to be announced at a later date
Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul: The Drowsy Chaperone and Oklahoma!
DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis: Grease
Eagan High School: All Shook Up
East Ridge High School, Woodbury: Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida
Eastview High School, Apple Valley: Legally Blonde: The Musical
Edina High School: Fiddler on the Roof and Band Geeks
FAIR Downtown School: Spring musical to be announced at a later date
Fridley Senior High School: Little Shop of Horrors
Forest Lake Area High School: A Year with Frog and Toad
Glencoe-Silver Lake High School: Footloose
Hibbing High School: Fiddler on the Roof
Hill-Murray School, Maplewood: Little Shop of Horrors
Irondale High School, New Brighton: Shrek the Musical
Jefferson High School, Alexandria: Spring musical to be announced at a later date
Kennedy High School, Bloomington: Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida
La Crescent High School: The Sound of Music
Lakeville North High School: The Music Man
Lakeville South High School: Spring musical to be announced at a later date
Main Street School of Performing Arts, Hopkins: The Drowsy Chaperone
Maple Grove Senior High School: Guys and Dolls
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis: Seussical: The Musical
Minnetonka High School: Young Frankenstein and Evita
Moorhead High School: Jesus Christ Superstar
Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Mound Westonka High School: Copacabana
New Life Academy, Woodbury: Fiddler on the Roof
North High School, North St. Paul: Guys and Dolls
Park High School, Cottage Grove: Legally Blonde: The Musical
Richfield High School: Sweeney Todd
Roseville Area High School: The Wizard of Oz
Rogers High School: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
St. Francis High School: Shrek the Musical
Saint John’s Prep School, St. Cloud: Grease
St. Louis Park High School: Once Upon a Mattress
St. Paul Academy and Summit School: The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Once on This Island
Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists: Fiddler on the Roof and Illyria
Shakopee High School: Anything Goes
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Fairbault: Little Shop of Horrors
Simley High School, Inver Grove Heights: Grease
South St. Paul Secondary School: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Southwest High School, Minneapolis: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Spring Lake Park High School: Cabaret
Tartan Senior High School, Oakdale: Footloose and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Thomas Jefferson High School, Bloomington: Legally Blonde: The Musical
Totino-Grace High School, Fridley: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
VISTA Productions – Theatre Department of Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights: Gifts of the Magi and Shrek the Musical
Washburn High School, Minneapolis: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Les Misérables
Watertown-Mayer High School: Seussical: The Musical
Wayzata High School: Kiss Me, Kate
White Bear Lake Area High School: Once Upon a Mattress
Winona Senior High School: Monty Python’s Spamalot
Woodbury High School: Guys and Dolls
Zimmerman High School: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
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 Hennepin Avenue 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 10 Program and Family Day on Hennepin events.
The SpotLight Musical Theatre Program is made possible with support from TCF Bank. 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.