WHS Spotlight Award
Wayzata High School's production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie", and many of the cast and crew, were named among the fall 2016 honorees by Spotlight Education, a program of the Hennepin Theatre Trust.
This past fall, evaluators assessed the productions of 82 schools and submitted nominations. Shows are not compared or ranked against each other and categories can have multiple honorees.
The musical received "outstanding" in the categories of Achievement in Musical Theatre, A/V Board Operators, Ensemble Performance, Overall Performance, Overall Production, Overall Technical Team, Student Orchestra, Vocal Performance by an Ensemble and Costume Crew. The production also received honorable mentions for Costume Crew, Movement/Dance Performance by an Ensemble and Technical Crew.
Individual students received the following honors:
- Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role
Kate Piering, senior, as Millie Dillmount; Erik Dagoberg, senior, as Jimmy Smith; DeeDee Sperry, senior, as Miss Dorothy Brown; and Bobby Isbell, senior, as Mr. Trevor Graydon
- Honorable Mention for Performance in a Leading Role
Emily Olson, senior, as Mrs. Meers, and Taelyn Gore, senior, as Muzzy Van Hossmere
- Technical Leadership Nomination
Lauren Blanks, senior, and Andrew Hienz, senior
- Evaluator Shout-out
Martha Scherschligt, senior; Stephanie Ye, sophomore; Eric Zhang, senior; and Maria Hayden, senior
Schools and participating students will be honored at the 11th Annual Spotlight Showcase. The two-night event is Monday, June 12 and Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. The event will recognize high school musical theatre accomplishments by featuring student performances and honoring participants.
The Hennepin Theater Trust Spotlight Award recognizes students who participate and excel in high school musical theater and the program they perform in. The award program provides an opportunity for students to network with students from across the metropolitan area, receive constructive feedback for their production from professional evaluators and gain valuable knowledge from the workshops available to them at the Spotlight Annual Conference.