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

          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 from their shows.

          All students wore the spotlight shirts in a pale blue except for 24 students. These 24 were the triple threat award finalists. These students would be competing for a trip to New York. Only 4 out of the 24 would be going. At the end of each show, two students were chosen. The look of joy and excitement that hit these two students faces when they learned that they had won, was one of the faces you think only happen in movies. As for the rest of the finalists, their unending support for each other was inspiring. Even after only knowing each other for a few weeks, they were brought together to prepare for a competition. Yet every one of them was supportive of the winners. On June 12th, Mary Burchill of Stillwater Area High School and Erik Dagoberg of Wayzata High school won. On June 13th, Palmer Kraus and Hannah Dayle Theisen, Both of Maple Grove High School won.

          Out of all the students performing in the showcase, On stood out above all the rest. Not only did she start the show, but she played an important role throughout. Christine Hwang, former recipient of the the Triple Threat award, began the show with a solo from Home/Brand New Day from the Wiz. Kicking off this showcase full of solidarity against a common enemy and full of hope for the future of the arts. Her pristine voice and superior acting showed exactly why she had won the award in the past. Her performance was something i won’t soon forget.

          Starting off the show on such an on point song made the theme clear. Theatre is a Place where you are welcome. Regardless of who you are, where you come from, or any other things that make you unique. If you want to be a part of a performance, you will be accepted. No role or job is insignificant. Each and every thing that is done to support the show helps in the long run. Everything connects to bring a spectacular performance full of stories. Not only from the past but for the future as well.

          By far the most inspiring and unforgettable moments of the show was the finale. Performed by the Triple Threat finalists and semifinalists, the students pulled off one of the most important performances of the show. With a solo by Ryan McCartan, these talented young artists performed a breathtaking rendition of “You Will Be Found” from the recent Tony winner, Dear Evan Hansen.

          Being a first time showcase attendee, i was expecting sloppy performances from amateur artists. What i saw was the complete opposite. Pristine performances from soon to be professionals. I would recommend this show for any and everyone. Regardless of whether you enjoy theatre or not, almost anyone can find something to enjoy about this showcase.


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Comment by Dudley Voigt on June 23, 2017 at 2:34pm

Really great summary of the two nights!  You capture the experience and the spirit of the program really well!  First half has some grammatical errors, sentence fragments etc. so be sure to do a thorough proof-read before posting.  Great work!


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