Hennepin Theatre Trust & JCC:
An Inclusive Musical Theater Experience -
Student Application

Program Details & Dates

Expand your view of what theater can be. Experience first hand the advantages of inclusive theater that involves people of many abilities.


Spotlight students —Join us for a special inclusive musical theater opportunity this winter! Today 60 million Americans live with some form of disability. The future depends on all of us seeing the value and need for inclusive experiences that include people with a variety of abilities, and the world of musical theater is no exception.



We’re looking for 15 Spotlight Education students to work side by side with a local group of adults with  a variety of disabilities from Sabes Jewish Community Center's Inclusion program. We will hold a series of seven workshops and two short performances over six weeks, led by three outstanding local theater professionals in voice, dance and acting.


Technical Theater Students

We’re also in need of a small group of Spotlight students interested in technical theater — areas such as stage management, costumes, props, sound/lighting, etc. Those students will work with a fourth local professional who specializes in theater tech.


A Blue Man Group Ticket

In addition to the training and experience you’ll receive at the workshops, you’ll also have the option to receive a ticket to join the group at a performance of the touring Broadway show Blue Man Group on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1 pm! You'll get to meet some of our JCC friends before the first workshop starts on Feb. 13. (This experience is optional.)

Workshop Schedule at Sabes JCC

1.       Thurs, Feb. 13, 4-6 pm

2.       Sun, Feb. 16, 1-3 pm

3.       Tues, Feb. 18, 4-6 pm

4.       Thurs, Feb. 27, 4-6 pm

5.       Sun, March 1, 1-3 pm

6.       Tues, March 3, 4-6 pm

7.       Thurs, March 12, 4-6 pm



1.       Sun, March 15, 2-6 p.m. — Tech & Perform at Sabes JCC (plus cast after party)

2.       Tues, March 17, 3:45-6:30 pm — Tech & Perform at Children’s Hospital MN’s Star Studio

Application deadline EXTENDED to Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

*Check out video from last year here and here.

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If accepted to the program, I agree to:
  1. Attend all workshops and performances.
  2. Provide feedback on my experiences.
  3. Allow quotes from my feedback to be shared by the Trust with its stakeholders via newsletters, annual reports, our website and/or social media.

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