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A Year With Frog and Toad

Posted by Avery Ronning on June 18, 2017 at 7:51pm 1 Comment

          Cookies, explosions, swimming, talking animals and snails with mail. A year with Frog and Toad is straight out of a children’s book. Literally! Based on the books by Arnold Lobel, A Year with Frog and Toad first debuted at Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis in 2002. The original show went on to be on and off Broadway Eventually being nominated for three Tony’s. In 2007 there was an additional revival at Children’s Theater. Now, A Year with Frog and Toad has returned for the…


You will find a place to call - Spotlight Student Showcase 2017

Posted by Avery Ronning on June 16, 2017 at 12:31am 1 Comment

          All across the state, school theatre programs participate in the spotlight showcase. A collection of the best and most well done shows from high schools across the state. The casts gather in Minneapolis. These students prepare for weeks to perform at the state theatre for two nights. On June 12th, and 13th of 2017, all spotlight outstanding schools gathered for this show at the state theatre. Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, these students perform medleys and excerpts…


MPR Workshop (5/9) Makeup

Posted by Thomas Bertron on June 11, 2017 at 10:05pm 1 Comment

This past week in New York, I attended private workshops led by Broadway stage manager James Latus and Broadway actress Madeline Doherty. Notable production stage management credits of James Latus include Indecent (current), Jitney, and Hamilton. Notable Broadway credits of Madeline Doherty include Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (current), Sister Act, Gigi, Les Miserables, and the OBC of Producers. Both professionals were extremely insightful about living in the city and pursuing a…


No Day But Today- Go see Rent!

Posted by Thomas Bertron on June 11, 2017 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

Twenty-one years ago, in 1964, Jonathan Larson changed the course of the Broadway musical with Rent, based off of Puccini’s La Bohème. The Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning rock musical/world-changer/masterpiece follows the life of seven artists struggling to maintain and balance their personal, artistic, and economic lives while they learn the importance of love and spontaneity. Set in the east village of New York during the AIDS epidemic and of the 1980’s, Rent showcases,…



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Fun Home

Started by Zoe Redfern-Hall in Sample Title Dec 16, 2016. 0 Replies

 Usually I am someone who waits until the audience in front of me has gotten up to stand, laziness taking over my politeness. At the end of Fun Home I burst out of my seat for a standing ovation. My…Continue

Newsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and inspiration

Started by Emma Meents in Sample Title. Last reply by Grace Peterson May 9, 2016. 1 Reply

Emma MeentsNewsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and InspirationSimple stories about the "little guy" can be so much bigger than what lies beneath the surface. This is what one is left with as the stage…Continue

Dirty Dancing

Started by Zoë Makila in Uncategorized Oct 10, 2014. 0 Replies

Do you think Dirty Dancing the stage play would work as a stand alone? I'm curious if you think it's strong enough and has enough of a plot by itself to carry people through without having seen the…Continue

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


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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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