Spotlight Education is a Minnesota state theater education program run through the Hennepin Theatre Trust where registered school productions have multiple evaluators watch shows during its run. The evaluators provide notes/critiques for the actors, crew, pit and directors.
Osseo Senior High’s production of Hairspray received several awards and honorable mentions. Highlights from their feedback include:
“From the opening number, ‘Good Morning, Baltimore,’ we knew we were in for a production that would challenge us to think about how the characters and themes of 1962 Baltimore resonate in 2017 Osseo. We saw gender shifting and character pairing that might not have happened in 1962, but it awakened our thoughts to the themes of acceptance and challenge of cultural norms that needed to be addressed in the 60's, and still need attention today. Thanks for this subtle nudge.”
“Your large ensemble filled the wide proscenium [stage] with a big cast of teens, adults, and varied settings, allowing your audience to follow the action from the homes to studio to school and record shop, quickly and smoothly. Some of the most striking moments of your show came with the large ensemble on stage.”
“Having the pit in front of the stage always presents a challenge for balance, but in this case, the balance was strong.”
“You mentioned that this is a young, developing program. Clearly you have raised the bar for them to reach high with doing this show. I think what was presented was honest and earnest. The fact that you didn't have the space to rehearse in made your process more complicated. Kudos for adapting and adjusting to those complications.”
“I was touched in your notes as to why this show was chosen. It is clear that many of the goals behind the choice were reached. Congrats.”
When something stands out as extraordinary, the program will grant honors to the group and/or individuals. Osseo Senior High's cast and crew received the following honors, setting a record for the most individual honors, its first technical honor, and its first Overall Performance honor:
Congratulations, cast and crew!