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Hermantown Drama Department's "Into the Woods" Garners High Praise


Students will perform in the Spotlight Showcase in June at the State Theatre in Minneapolis



HERMANTOWN, MINNESOTAHermantown High School’s production of Into the Woods was recognized for its accomplishments in musical theatre by Hennepin Theatre Trust as a participant in the Spotlight Education program. As the Trust’s premier education program, Spotlight Education supports and honors Minnesota high school students and programs focused on musical theatre. Laura Osnes, a Minnesota native, Broadway performer and former Spotlight Education participant, is the program’s 2018-2019 spokesperson.


Hermantown High School performed Into the Woods in November 2018 and is receiving the following honors for its achievements:


Overall Performance: Honorable Mention

Vocal Performance by an Ensemble:  Outstanding

Acting Performance:  Honorable Mention

Light & Sound Board Operators:  Honorable Mention

Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role:  Langley Hayman as “The Witch”

Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role:  Kierney Gray as “The Baker’s Wife”

Honorable Mention Performance in a Leading Role:  Cameron Burnap as “The Baker”

Honorable Mention Performance in a Leading Role:  Addy Gray as “Little Red Riding Hood”

Honorable Mention Performance in a Supporting Role:  Rico Rodriquez as Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf


High schools throughout Minnesota submit their fall or spring musical for production assessment by theatre professionals and educators on behalf of the Trust. These critiques provide detailed educational feedback for the students and directors in categories ranging from overall production to individual performances.


Spotlight Education provides valuable experiences for more than 6,000 students in 102 schools throughout the state. These activities help foster essential life skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving and self-expression, which students carry into their adult lives.


Through Spotlight Education, participating students receive professional training and guidance to enhance their artistic, technical and performing skills. This wide-ranging program has four key components:


  • Masterclasses offer an array of training from local theatre professionals and Broadway performers.
  • Critical Review teaches students all aspects of musical theatre so that they are able to write professional theatre and performance reviews.
  • Production assessments connect high schools with theatre professionals and educators who offer feedback and guidance on the schools’ musical theatre productions throughout the year.
  • Spotlight Showcase, the culmination of the year-long program, invites all participating high schools to take center stage and perform before live audiences in one of the Trust’s historic theatres.


The annual Spotlight Showcase, takes place June 10-11, 2019 at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis). Professionally produced, it honors the hard work and talents of the state’s finest musical theatre students and programs with live performances. Students will rehearse with professional choreographers, musical directors and technicians.


Four students will also be recognized for outstanding performance with the Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience, presented by Sun Country Airlines, which represents excellence in dancing, singing and acting, as well as community leadership. The Triple Threat Broadway Experience is an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to meet with industry professionals, participate in workshops and attend Broadway shows.


Tickets for Spotlight Showcase will go on sale later this year.


For a complete list of participating schools and honors, please visit


The Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience is presented by Sun Country Airlines.