Minnesota-born 'Cinderella' star becomes spokeswoman for HTT program

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Two-time Tony Award-nominated actress Laura Osnes has been named as a spokeswoman for Hennepin Theatre Trust's SpotLight Musical Theatre Program, Broadway World reports.

Osnes, who was nominated for a Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award earlier this year for "Cinderella," will serve as spokeswoman for the 2013-14 educational initiative.

The program provides educational supports to schools and celebrates students who excel in high school theater.

Osnes, who was born in Burnsville and graduated from Eagan High School, is a former SpotLight student.

"Participating in the Trust's SpotLight Musical Theatre Program inspired and equipped me for a successful career as an actress," Osnes said in statement. "I am truly honored to serve as the spokesperson and to help encourage the next generation of theatre enthusiasts to learn from friends and professionals and to work hard to achieve their dreams."

Osnes, 27, will return to Minnesota to visit with current SpotLight participants and meet with select honorees when they go to New York City as part of a scholarship trip, HTT says.

The actress gained national exposure in 2007 when she won NBC's reality competition "Grease: You're the One That I Want," which earned her the role of Sandy in the Broadway revival of "Grease."

Osnes earned her first Tony nomination in 2012 for playing Bonnie in the musical version of "Bonnie and Clyde."

Now in its ninth year, the SpotLight Program "provides world-class educational, performing and creative experiences for students to develop essential skills for success such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and self-expression," HTT says.

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