Hennepin Theatre Trust announces SpotLight musical theatre honors

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The cast of “A Year with Frog and Toad,” the Forest Lake High School musical presented in October.

Forest Lake Area High School was one of the schools honored by the Hennepin Theatre Trust for its fall musical, “A Year with Frog and Toad.”

Neighboring district Chisago Lakes High School was also chosen for its production of “Seussical: The Musical” and Centennial High School for “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Categories included 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.

The Forest Lake musical received two whole-show awards, Honorable Mention Overall Production and Honorable Mention Overall Performance.

Six individuals were awarded. Zach Marleau (Toad) was chosen for Outstanding Leading Role and Nate Brown (Man Bird) for Outstanding Supporting Role.

Amanda Hennen (Frog) received an award for Honorable Mention Leading Role, Teresa Mahnke (Snail) for Honorable Mention Supporting Role, Kayla Fuller (Young Frog) for Honorable Mention Featured Role and Bri Flasch (Snow Dancer) for Honorable Mention Featured Ensemble Role.

Schools and participating students will be honored at the SpotLight Showcase on Sunday, June 8 and Monday, June 9, both at 7 p.m., at the Orpheum Theatre.

Featuring 1,200 Minnesota students performing on the Orpheum stage, last year’s event sold out. Tickets for this year’s event go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at the State Theatre Box Office, the New Century Theatre Box Office, online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org, by calling 1.800.982.2787 or visiting a Ticketmaster Center.

Hennepin Theatre Trust, which owns the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development.

SpotLight is the Trust’s flagship educational initiative which honors and supports Minnesota high school musical theatre students and programs.