SPA's production of Rent, this year's Upper School spring musical, is the recipient of 19 awards from the Hennepin Theatre Trust's Spotlight Program, including Outstanding Overall Production. View photos from Rent.
This is the third year in a row that the SPA spring musical has earned the Outstanding Overall Production award in the Spotlight competition, and the fourth year in a row that the musical has earned more than a dozen commendations. The 2017 musical, Guys and Dolls, earned 18 Spotlight Awards, the 2016 musical, Les Miserables, earned 14 Spotlight awards, and the 2015 musical, Urinetown, earned 16. In addition to the spring musical awards, the fall 2017 production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which was student-directed and produced, was the recipient of 14 Spotlight Awards. The 19 Spotlight Awards for Rent are the most ever awarded to a SPA production.
Spotlight is an awards program for high school musical performances; throughout the school year, Spotlight evaluators attend participating high school's musical performances and awards honors to selected productions, ensembles, and individuals. These culminate in a showcase at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis in early June.
The ensemble Spotlight Awards for Rent include:
- Overall Performance: Outstanding
- Achievement in Musical Theater: Honorable Mention
- Ensemble Performance: Outstanding
- Vocal Performance by an Ensemble: Outstanding
- Acting Performance by an Ensemble: Honorable Mention
- Movement/Dance Performance by an Ensemble: Outstanding
- Overall Technical Production: Honorable Mention
- Overall Technical Team: Honorable Mention
- Technical Crew: Honorable Mention
- Light and Sound Board Operators: Honorable Mention
The individual Spotlight Awards for Rent include:
- Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: Jonah Harrison as Mark
- Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: Ned Laird-Raylor as Roger
- Honorable Mention Performance in a Leading Role: Maya Shrestha as Mimi
- Honorable Mention Performance in a Supporting Role: Noa Carlson as Joanne
- Honorable Mention Performance in a Supporting Role: Drew Fawcett as Benny
- Honorable Mention Performance in a Supporting Role: JJ Gisselquist as Tom
- Honorable Mention Performance in a Supporting Role: Max Moen as Angel
- Evaluator Shout Out: Dorienne Hoven as Maureen
- Evaluator Shout Out: Ethan Asis as Steve
Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of Rent!