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Spotlight Showcase 2024 presented by PNC shines the spotlight on Minnesota high school theater students and programs at the State Theatre on June 10-11, 2024

Hennepin Theatre Trust will feature live performances and recognize Spotlight Education participants with honors and recognitions

MINNEAPOLIS (March 25, 2024) Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that Spotlight Showcase 2024 presented by PNC, Minnesota’s largest annual celebration of high school theater, is set to return to the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave.) on Monday, June 10, and Tuesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. This event, which features honors and live performances, serves as a platform for showcasing the talents of high schools and students involved in the Trust’s Spotlight Education program.

The two-night event brings together over 1,600 students who have participated in Spotlight-evaluated plays and musicals this past year. Students from across Minnesota will grace the stage at the State Theatre for a celebration that not only spotlights student achievements but also highlights Minnesota theater educators and Spotlight alumni.

Spotlight Showcase 2024 presented by PNC also proudly employs professional staff from both the Twin Cities and Broadway to collaborate with students across all areas of theater. Bourgoin Productions serves as producer.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. to the general public at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) and online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.



June 10

7:30 p.m.

State Theatre



June 11

7:30 p.m.

State Theatre


By attending this event, you support the work of Spotlight Education:

  • Level 1 ($100) Supports educational feedback by a teaching artist for each Spotlight evaluated production.

  • Level 2 ($75) Supports workshops for high school performers, technicians and musicians led by local and national teaching artists.

  • Level 3 ($50) Supports Spotlight’s monthly “Musical Theatre in a Minute” virtual series.

  • Level 4 ($30) Supports “Unpacking the Show,“ a resource that enhances the way educators approach theater critically and responsibly.

  • Standard ($20) Single ticket

Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education program is an essential part of arts education in many Minnesota schools. Each year, the program helps nearly 8,000 students in more than 100 high schools build confidence, critical thinking, empathy, a sense of community, knowledge and appreciation of theater. Spotlight Education supplements and enhances arts curricula through production assessments, workshops and arts journalism, increasing equitable access to quality theater education. Additionally, Spotlight Education partners with community organizations and elementary schools to create inclusive and sustainable arts experiences.

Spotlight Education is made possible with support from PNC Bank, Sun Country Airlines, United Properties and Interstate Parking.

Follow Spotlight Education at: HennepinTheatreTrust.org Instagram: @spotlight_MN Facebook: /SpotlightMN Twitter: @spotlightMN

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Media contact

Dale B. Stark Director of Marketing and Communications dale.stark@HennepinArts.org 612-562-5200



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