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Two Maple Grove Senior High Students Receive Spotlight Education Triple Threat Awards

Jun 22, 2017 03:41PM ● Published by Wendy Erlien

Hannah Theisen and Palmer Kraus (photo provided by ISD 279)

Palmer Kraus and Hannah Theisen, from the Maple Grove Senior High School Class of 2017, earned the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s annual Spotlight Showcase honor on June 13. 

The two musical theatre students were named two of the four statewide Triple Threat Award winners this year. Kraus and Theisen are the first students from Osseo Area Schools to receive the honor, according to District 279.  

“Triple Threat honorees are praised for their excellence in singing, acting and dancing, as well as demonstrating community leadership, teamwork and artistry. More than 80 high school juniors and seniors across Minnesota applied for the Triple Threat Award,” according to a release from District 279. 

Following auditions and evaluations, four winners (including Kraus and Theisen) were chosen to receive the award. The winners will meet with industry professionals, participate in workshops and attend Broadway shows in New York City later this summer. 

“Hannah and Palmer are both incredible leaders who have made the MGSH community so much better through their selfless leadership, passion for the arts, and vulnerability on stage,” Maple Grove Senior High Choir and Theatre Director Beth Hellstedt said. “All of their directors and peers in the program would agree that they are the true embodiment of the requirements for the Triple Threat award.” 

While at Maple Grove Senior High, Theisen performed in eight shows in the theatre department including Guys & Dolls, Les Misérables and Cinderella. She also earned Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role honors from Spotlight for her role in Pippin last fall.

Kraus had roles in five show while at Maple Grove Senior High, including lead roles in Les Misérables and Pippin - which earned him Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role recognition from the Spotlight Education program. 

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