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Critical View is Hennepin Theatre Trust's student reviewer program!



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.

Blog Posts

The Four Humors Does Every Show In The Fringe

Posted by Emma Dalen on August 10, 2014 at 2:57pm 0 Comments

The Four Humors Does Every Show In The Fringe was a comedic improv show that got it’s laughs by making fun of other Fringe shows, which is a great idea and I wish I’d thought of it. This was the very first improv show I’ve ever been to and I loved it. This time they tried to perform Blue Moon Theatre Company’s production Fish Stories. The actors recovered from bouts of laughter seamlessly. I especially liked the guest…


Negative Negative Production’s Habibi

Posted by Emma Dalen on August 10, 2014 at 2:19pm 0 Comments

Negative Negative Production’s Habibi was a sad story of love and loss, and like some other beautiful stories, it did not have a happy ending. I’ve never understood why some people insist that all stories have happy endings. Life itself doesn’t have a happy ending, so why should every story? The three actors in this show were all extremely talented and they made their characters feel like living breathing people. I…


The Coldhart’s Edgar Allan

Posted by Emma Dalen on August 10, 2014 at 2:10pm 0 Comments

The Coldhart’s production Edgar Allan was bone tinglingly creepy and it gave me goosebumps within the first few minutes. I loved the use of the ukulele and the trumpet for the musical accompaniment. If it were possible for me to buy the soundtrack of this show, I would get it in a heartbeat. Katie Hartman, who played Edgar Allan had a beautifully creepy voice that made my spine shiver. Ms. Hartman’s portrayal of young…


Freshwater Theatre’s Rewind-A-Buddy

Posted by Emma Dalen on August 10, 2014 at 1:49pm 0 Comments

Freshwater Theatre’s Rewind-A-Buddy was nothing like I expected it to be. It was both hysterically funny and heart wrenchingly sad all at the same time. Buddy, played by J. Merrill Motz, was relatable and everything that happened seemed to escalate naturally, nothing ever seemed forced. Motz had great facial expressions that really tied the show together. It was very interesting to watch Buddy getting more and more…



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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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