Now in its seventh successful year, SpotLight is Hennepin Theatre Trust’s flagship educational initiative which honors, supports and advocates for Minnesota high school musical theatre students and programs. This year, a record 56 schools, including 13 new schools and nine from greater Minnesota, are presenting musicals made possible by the collaboration of almost 5,000 students and are annually seen by an estimated 105,000 audience members.
Current honorees from high schools who presented musicals in fall 2011 are from Apple Valley, Bemidji, Cambridge-Isanti, Chaska, Chisago Lakes, Circle Pines, Eagan, Edina, Forest Lake, Fridley, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Moorhead, Mound, New Brighton, Shakopee, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, Winona, White Bear Lake andWoodbury.
• 2011-2012 SPOTLIGHT AWARDs for CAMBRIDGE-ISANTI HIGH SCHOOL production of “GREASE:
Overall Performance: HONORABLE MENTION OVERALL PERFORMANCE
Overall Production: HONORABLE MENTION OVERALL PRODUCTION
Individual Awards: Outstanding: Adam Peterson as Doody, and Hannah Palmer as Jan; Honorable Mention: Jon Wells as Danny Zuko, Madelyn Gunderson as Frenchy, Jordan Zurn as Roger, Elizabeth Poppen as Patty Simcox, Noah Bensen as Sonny.
Schools and participating musical theatre students will also be honored at SpotLight’s culminating event, the seventh annual SpotLight Showcase, scheduled this year at 7 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Orpheum Theatre. This gala evening celebrates and honors high school musical theatre by featuring dynamic student performances mixed with award presentations. Last year’s event sold out and featured nearly 1,000 Minnesota students performing on the Orpheum stage. Tickets will go on sale at a later date.