First Night Spotlight is one of, if not the most fun showing of talent from around Western Montana every year. Now a staple of the First Night Missoula experience, First Night Spotlight is a singing competition open to local area high school students. Preliminary rounds take place in early December. Contestants are evaluated by our esteemed panel of judges on voice quality, song choice, stage presence, audience engagement, dramatization/choreography, and costume choice. The final round takes place at 8:30 pm on New Year’s Eve at the height of First Night Missoula in the Dennison Theatre on the University of Montana campus.

To attend First Night Spotlight you need a First Night button, just like attending any First Night event. On top of the button you need a special ticket to the Spotlight competition which is an extra $2. You can get those tickets through the Missoula Cultural Council.

Whatever you choose to do on New Years Eve, please be safe and don't drink and drive.

Happy 2016!

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    Last Year Spotlight Winner - Maris!