Two Minnesota teens head to Broadway

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Hennepin Theatre Trust President/CEO Tom Hoch, Sarah Cartwright, Ryan McCartan, SpotLight Spokesperson Linda Eder

Photo credit: Brianna Kopka

Earlier this week some of Minnesota’s top young talent performed on the Orpheum stage as part of the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s SpotLight Showcase.

Two of them, Sarah Cartwright and Ryan McCartan, were deemed “triple threats” and will continue on to represent Minnesota at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards later this month in New York City.

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Sarah Cartwright and Ryan McCartan in “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” Medley

Photo credit: Brianna Kopka

Sarah Cartwright is a 2011 graduate from Eastview High School in Eagan, and Ryan McCartan is a 2011 graduate of Minnetonka High School. In addition to high school theater productions the two have been in professional productions by the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company and Theater Latté Da, among others.

According to an announcement, the two were chosen through “a vigorous series of auditions and evaluations.” As part of the national process, Cartwright and McCartan will get private coaching, participate in master classes and rehearsals and compete for the opportunity to receive the national “Jimmy Award” for Best Performance by an Actress and Actor.

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