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What is SpotLight's Critical Reviewer Program?

SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew. 

This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.

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10 Steps to Rocky Horror

Posted by Alison Grausam on July 15, 2014 at 12:05pm 0 Comments

It tends to be difficult to review your own production. I found this out through The Rocky Horror Show. After two weeks of shows, the production ended. Or, at least it did for the Minneapolis School Summer Theatre. However, the show lives on, as many productions are occurring across the country, not including the midnight movie cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's an experience, to be sure. But I, personally, feel that putting the show on is even more fun than…


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Posted by Grace Peterson on June 30, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Grace Peterson

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

     Due to surrounding controversy, the performance of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the New Century Theater in…


Rocking Out To American History

Posted by Karina Strom on June 29, 2014 at 1:14pm 0 Comments

Karina Strom

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Review


            The cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson rocked audiences in this rock musical at the New Century Theater this month. This show told the story of the life of America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson, in form of a funny, satirical rock musical portraying Jackson as an emo-rocker. Some people think of Jackson being the best…


A Historical Rock Musical? Yea, Yea!

Posted by Jane Pena on June 25, 2014 at 11:25pm 0 Comments

It was with no small amount of nerves that I took my seat in the New Century Theatre on Sunday evening to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. I’d heard many criticisms of the show, saying it was horribly offensive to Native American history, and I wasn’t sure how I’d be able to juggle that and my love of rock musicals.


The show definitely entered some rocky territory in its portrayal of Native Americans, but it was made very clear that they were making fun of the white…



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Are Critics Too Snobby?

Started by Dudley Voigt in Uncategorized May 17, 2012. 0 Replies

TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue

Critcizing the critics: Please may I quote your review

Started by Melissa Ferlaak in Uncategorized Jan 26, 2012. 0 Replies

Great article here to check out! :)…Continue


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