Twenty-four high school plays throughout the metro area will be highlighted in the Spotlight Musical Theatre Program, an initiative organized by the Hennepin Theatre Trust that recognizes standout high school performers.
Southwest High School's production of “Hair” and The Blake School's performance of “Beauty and the Beast” are in the running this year. Other Minneapolis plays under consideration for a Spotlight award include DeLaSalle High School's “Fiddler on the Roof” and the InterDistrict Downtown School's production of “The Wiz.”
Students are honored for their individual roles and as entire casts in a ceremony in June. Awards are given for overall production, dance and chorus ensemble or orchestra in addition to leading and supportive roles.
Public, private and charter schools qualify for Spotlight (schools enter their own productions
Several judges attending each show make selections based on numerous categories. An additional perk includes professionally led workshops for students from winning schools prior to the showcase. Students hone their skills in all aspects of the craft, such as applying stage makeup and auditioning.
Spotlight offers greater exposure for talented children who don't receive the same kind of attention as student athletes, for instance, according to Sharon DeMark, Director of Community Engagement and Education for HTT.
To learn more about Spotlight, contact DeMark, at 373-5689.