First Night Spotlight is just one of the many events going on New Years Eve in Missoula, but it has to be one of the biggest. 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.

If you're a high school student and want to participate just click here.

Make sure you sign up now because the preliminary rounds are coming up quick!

Sentinel High School

December 1, 2015 | 3:30 pm | Sentinel High School Auditorium

Big Sky High School

December 2, 2015 | 3:15 pm | Big Sky High School Auditorium

Hellgate High School

December 3, 2015 | 3:15 pm | Hellgate High School Auditorium

Willard, Homeschool, & Outlying Schools

December 5, 2015 | 11:30 am | Silver Theater | 2023 S. Higgins Ave.

Put this event on your calendar now, it is the best way to close out 2015! Here is a video of last year's winner Maris and her beautiful song 'Alaska'.