New in 2018 • Arts Access Series - An Inclusive Musical Theatre Opportunity
Join us for a special inclusive musical theatre opportunity this spring! Today 60 million Americans live with some form of disability. The future depends on all of us seeing the value and need for inclusive experiences that include people with a variety of abilities, and the world of musical theatre is no exception.

We’re looking for 15 Spotlight Education students to join with a local group of adults with developmental disabilities in a series of four workshops with a final performance — led by three local top-tier theatre professionals in voice, dance and acting. Expand your view of what theatre can be and the advantages of inclusive theatre that involves people of many abilities.

In addition to the training and experience you’ll receive at the four workshops, you’ll also receive a ticket to join the group at a performance of the touring Broadway production of Something Rotten on April 8!

Session dates:
  • Sunday, April 8, 1:00 p.m. — Something Rotten at the Orpheum (optional)
  • Tuesday, April 10, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 1, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8, Times TBD — Workshop + Performance
Application Deadline EXTENDED to: March 20, 2018
Ends on April 20, 2018

Triple Threat honorees are praised for their excellence in singing, acting and dancing as well as demonstrating community leadership, teamwork and artistry. Following a vigorous series of evaluations, four winners will be selected and honored with the Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience, presented by Sun Country Airlines. The Triple Threat Broadway Experience is an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to meet with industry professionals, participate in workshops and attend Broadway shows, June 20th- June 26th. 

Students interested in participating in the Triple Threat Award must submit a portfolio with the information below. Please look carefully at the dates and times. Finalists MUST be available for all performances and rehearsals.

Submission period: March 12th - April 20th 

Portfolio Requirements: 

  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Leadership Essay
    • 1-2 pages describing your high school musical theatre experience and how you’ve displayed talent, leadership and community through your artistic work. Be sure to include any of your experiences with Spotlight Education.
  • Video Submissions Not to exceed 5 minutes. Please include:
    • 2-3 min: Two contrasting songs with piano accompaniment
    • 1 min Monologue
    • A clip of you performing provided dance combination (See website)

*The Spotlight Triple Threat award recipients will be presented to students who not only have talent for singing, dancing and acting, but who also show leadership ability and efforts to better their community through their art. 

* Your director will also be asked to provide a reference should you advance to the live audition.

Additional Information & Timeline: 

Triple Threat: At Spotlight Showcase, the finalists perform live and four winners are recognized. The honorees receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York in late June, where they attend Broadway shows, meet with industry professionals and participate in workshops to hone their triple threat skills. This Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience is presented by Sun Country Airlines, taking place Wednesday June 20th - Tuesday, June 26th.

Jimmy Awards: Two students from the triple threat finalists will be chosen to go to New York to participate in The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (the Jimmy® Awards) - a national celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance and elevating the importance of theatre arts education in schools. Taking place Monday, June 18 – Tuesday, June 26, 2018. 

Spotlight Education is honored to send six students to New York City to experience unique professional opportunities.