High School Musical "Legally Blonde" is a Big Winner!

January 12, 2015
Photo of Legally Blonde Cast
CHS performed "Legally Blonde" to sold-out audiences this fall.

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced the fall 2014 honorees, recognizing theatre accomplishments by Minnesota students and schools participating in the 2014-2015 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program.Now celebrating its Tenth Anniversary, SpotLight is the Trust’s premier education initiative which supports and honors Minnesota high school musical theatre students and programs that produce annual musicals.

Centennial's production of "Legally Blonde" was honored.
 

Honorable Mention Overall Performance

Outstanding Performance in Dance by a Chorus

Outstanding Vocal Performance by a Chorus

Outstanding Acting Performance by a Chorus

Erin Hartford as Elle Woods

Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role

Jordan Uecker as Emmett Forrest

Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role

Adam Drabek as Professor Callahan

Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role

Emilie Tomas as Vivienne Kensington

Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role

Maddie Theis as Paulette Buonufonte

Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role

Courtney Klein as Margot

Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role

Kaitlyn Boyer as Pilar

Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role

Will Rafferty as Elle's Dad/Winthrop/Suit Salesman/Niko

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role

Tatum DeBlieck as Enid

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role

Nathan Navratil as Warner Huntington III

Honorable Mention Performance in a Supporting Role

Hannah McLevish as Brooke Wyndam

Honorable Mention Performance in a Supporting Role

Chue Chi Kong as Grandmaster Chad/Padamadan/Carlos

Honorable Mention Performance in a Featured Role

 During 2014-2015, a record 77 schools including 17 from greater Minnesota, are presenting musicals made possible by the collaboration of almost 6,000 students, which are seen annually by an estimated 175,000 audience members. This past fall, 42 schools presented musicals and a group of evaluators assessed each school’s production. They submitted nominations for categories including outstanding performance in leading, supporting and featured roles; outstanding performance by a chorus, dance ensemble and student orchestra; outstanding overall performance of a musical, and outstanding overall production of a musical. Shows are not compared or ranked against each other, so categories may have multiple honorees. 

Schools and participating students will be honored at SpotLight’s culminating event, the Tenth Annual SpotLight Showcase, held on two nights on at 7 p.m. on both Sunday, June 14 and Monday, June 15 at the Orpheum Theatre. These in-demand celebrations recognize high school musical theatre accomplishments by featuring student performances and honoring participants. Last year’s event sold out and featured more than 1,500 Minnesota students performing on the Orpheum stage. Tickets for both nights of the SpotLight Showcase go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 and may be purchased in person (no service fees) at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave.), online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org, by calling 1.800.982.2787 or visiting a Ticketmaster Center.

SpotLight is made possible by private donations and corporate contributions. Honors are announced for fall and spring musicals, depending on the timing of the school’s production.

School Participants in the 2014-15 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program

Alexandria Area High School: Mary Poppins

Andover High School: TBA

Anoka High School: Seussical the Musical and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Apple Valley High School: Bye Bye Birdie

Bemidji High School: The Wizard of Oz

Benilde-St. Margaret’s (St. Louis Park): Urinetown: The Musical

Blaine High School: Once On This Island

The Blake School (Minneapolis): Anything Goes

Buffalo High School: Children of Eden

Cambridge-Isanti High School: Back to the 80s

Centennial High School (Circle Pines): Legally Blonde The Musical

Chanhassen High School: The Addams Family

Chaska High School: Footloose

Chisago Lakes High School (Lindstrom): White Christmas

Columbia Heights High School: The Addams Family

Concordia Academy (St. Paul): Bye Bye Birdie

Coon Rapids High School: The Drowsy Chaperone

Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul): Hairspray

DeLaSalle High School (Minneapolis): Babes in Arms

Eagan High School: Godspell

East Ridge High School (Woodbury): Into the Woods

Eastview High School (Apple Valley): Oklahoma

Edina High School: Little Shop of Horrors

The FAIR School (Minneapolis): Hairspray, Jr.

Farmington High School: Urinetown: The Musical

Forest Lake Area High School: Anything Goes

Fridley High School: Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida

Glencoe-Silver Lake High School: Shrek the Musical

Henry Sibley High School (Mendota Heights): Guys and Dolls

Hibbing High School: Bye Bye Birdie

Hill-Murray School (Maplewood): TBA

Hinckley-Finlayson: Anne of Green Gables

International School of Minnesota (Eden Prairie): Shrek the Musical

Irondale High School (New Brighton): Anything Goes

Kennedy High School (Bloomington): Shrek the Musical

Lakeville North High School: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CinderellLakeville South High School: Oliver!

Main Street School of Performing Arts (Hopkins): The Wedding Singer

Mankato East High School: In the Heights

Maple Grove Senior High: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis): The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Minnetonka High School: Urinetown: The Musical and Brigadoon

Moorhead High School: Chicago                

Mound Westonka: Band Geeks                  

Mounds Park Academy (St. Paul): The Wizard of Oz

New Life Academy (Woodbury): Chitty Chitty Bang Bang   

North High School (North St. Paul) Grease

Park High School (Cottage Grove): Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Pierz Healy High School: High School Musical

Princeton High School: The Music Man

Richfield High School: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Rogers High School: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Rosemount High School: A Christmas Carol

Sauk Rapids-Rice High School: Oklahoma and Pirates of Penzance Jr.

Shakopee High School: The Drowsy Chaperone

Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Faribault): Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Simley High School (Inver Grove Heights): Hairspray

South High School (Minneapolis): The Wiz

South St. Paul Secondary School: Disney’s Aladdin

Southwest High School (Minneapolis): Ragtime

Spring Lake Park High School: Shrek the Musical

Saint John’s Prep School (Collegeville): Oliver!

Saint Paul Academy and Summit School: Urinetown: The Musical

St. Francis High School: Footloose

St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists: Anything Goes, Once on this Island and Fugitive Songs

Tartan Senior High School (Oakdale): The Wizard of Oz and 9 to 5

Thomas Jefferson High School (Bloomington): Seussical the Musical

Totino-Grace High School (Fridley): Shrek the Musical

Triton High School (Dodge Center): Fiddler on the Roof

Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy, VISTA Productions: The Drowsy Chaperone

Washburn High School (Minneapolis): Dracula: A Pain In The Neck and In the Heights

Watertown-Mayer High School: Pippin

Wayzata High School (Plymouth): Spamalot

White Bear Lake Area High School: The Addams Family

Winona Senior High School: Shrek the Musical

Woodbury High School: Curtains

Zimmerman High School: The Music Man

HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development. We achieve our mission by presenting a rich mix of live performances, creating inspiring arts education experiences and advancing a thriving Cultural District in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Trust’s activities include presenting Broadway touring productions and the related Broadway Confidential series, concerts, comedy, speakers and other variety entertainment, plus educational initiatives including our SpotLight Musical Theatre and SpotLight Critical Review programs for high schools, Teen Ushers, the Access Program and Family Day on Hennepin events.