A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Presented by The Bluegrass Players

Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine – “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”

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You Can’t Beat the House

“I’ve had trouble breaking into a house before but this is the first time I’ve had problems breaking OUT again!” So moans Merle to his partner, Howie. These two minor-league burglars have really met their match this time, it seems. They decided on a house only to find, after managing to get into the place, that it’s up for sale and before they can leave, Conrad and Glenda, prospective buyers, show up. Merle figures they have two choices – either pretend to be real estate agents or beat it, making the buyers suspect them and call in the police. Merle begins to show the house while Howie ducks out to get the car. Now the REAL real estate agent shows up and Merle has to juggle the couple and the agent. Finally, as Merle gets rid of the her and is about to show the door to Conrad and Glenda, Howie arrives with the news that their car has been towed away. Suddenly a cop shows up, saying the police are looking for two suspicious characters in the neighborhood. Next in the parade of oddball characters is Conrad’s secretary, then Glenda’s mother, then her medium, Madame Zenobia. Oh, yeah! The place, it turns out, is haunted! This screwball comedy is one wisecrack after another and proves once again that “You Can’t Beat the House.”

The Spotlight Playhouse
May 10,11,12, 7:00pm
May 13, 2:00pm
May 17,18,19 7:00pm
May 20, 2:00pm
May 24,25,26, 7:00pm
May 27, 2:00pm

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Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn

Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS is an adaptation of the second of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series, which has sold more than 100 million copies and is available in more than 100 countries around the world.  This time around, Jack and Annie’s tree house takes them to an age of knights in shining armor, where the two discover the power of hope and the true meaning of gallantry.

The two siblings, Jack and Annie, return to visit the magic tree house.  As they read a book about knights and the middle ages, Annie is intrigued by the Black Knight and the mysterious quest one must successfully complete before becoming a knight.  When she wishes to visit the castle in the book, the siblings are whisked away to medieval times.  They set off to learn more about the Black Knight and his quest, experiencing a grand medieval feast, escaping through secret tunnels and dancing with enchanted suits of armor, all in an effort to find their way back home.

The Spotlight Playhouse – Berea
June 1, 2, 7:00pm
June 3, 2:00pm
June 8, 9, 7:00pm
June 10, 2:00pm

A Spectacular Season Preview Auditions (Age 11-Adult)

Join us for an all-out fun time as we share songs, scenes, and information from the 33 shows scheduled next season. The show will be presented in the form of a Broadway revue with solos and groups numbers to participate in. This is a joint production of the Spotlight Players and Spotlight Acting School. Everyone who auditions will be cast in at least one number or scene.

Students under 18 years old must be enrolled in Spotlight Acting School.

Ages: 11+

Auditions: June 2nd, 1:00pm

Rehearsals:
Saturdays Only
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Performances:  August 24 – 26

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to sing a solo and/or learn a short dance.

Enrollment Information  – click here.

 

The Tomb – A Mystery Dinner Show (Ages 18+) Auditions

Presented by The Bluegrass Players

Join our expedition as we uncover the mysteries of The Tomb in this hilarious and mind-boggling tale.

Join the cast of this next dinner show and have a great time raising funds for a great cause.  All proceeds go to benefit the Spotlight Acting School and its mission to never turn a student away regardless of their available financial resources.

The audition consists of cold reading and improv scenarios.

Auditions June 2 – 5:00pm

Proposed Rehearsal Schedule
(22 Rehearsals including dress week)
Sun Jun 10  8 – 9:30pm
Thu Jun 14  8 – 9:30pm
Sun Jun 17  8 – 9:30pm
Thu Jun 21  8 – 9:30pm
Sun Jun 24  8 – 9:30pm
Thu Jun 28  8 – 9:30pm
Sun Jul 1  8 – 9:30pm
Thu Jul 5  8 – 9:30pm
Sun Jul 15  8 – 9:30pm
Thu Jul 19  8 – 9:30pm
Sun Jul 22  8 – 9:30pm
Thu Jul 26  8 – 9:30pm
Sun Jul 29  8 – 9:30pm
Thu Aug 2  8 – 9:30pm
Sun Aug 5  8 – 9:30pm
Thu Aug 9  8 – 9:30pm

Dress Rehearsal
Sat Aug 11  8 – 9:30pm
Sun Aug 12  8 – 9:30pm
Mon Aug 13  8 – 9:30pm
Tue Aug 14  8 – 9:30pm
Wed Aug 15  8 – 9:30pm
Thu Aug 16  8 – 9:30pm

Performances
Fri Aug 17 6:30pm
Sat Aug 18 6:30pm

Press Start (Age 4-9) Auditions

PRESS START transports us inside the bright, pixelated world of video games! When the famous characters we know and love run out of lives, they decide to put on a musical fundraiser that will help them raise gold rings and play on. Through hilarious and heartfelt musical numbers we see the heroes, villains and sidekicks like we’ve never seen them before. But when things go terribly awry, it’s the quiet sidekick Little Mushroom who must find the hero within to help save the day!

Ages: 4-9

Auditions: June 9th, 1:30pm

Rehearsals:
Saturdays Only
1:00pm – 2:00pm (Blue Cast)
2:00pm – 3:00pm (Purple Cast)

Performances:  August 31 – September 2 (Blue Cast)
September 7 – 9 (Purple Cast)

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read, sing a solo, and act out a scene.

Enrollment Information  – click here.

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR.

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.  Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

The Spotlight Playhouse Berea
June 14, 15, 16, 7:00pm
June 17, 2:00pm
June 21, 22, 23, 7:00pm
June 24, 2:00pm

Let Your Hair Down, Rapunzel (Age 4-11) Auditions

“It’s time to let your hair down, have a little fun,” chimes the company in the opening number of this fresh, vivacious musical adaptation of a popular tale. Rene Shwartzbuckle sings to her husband, Walt, about her zany obsession for a turnip-like vegetable called ’rapunzel.’ After spotting a delectable patch of the plant in Witch Izwitch’s garden, Rene sends Walt to ’borrow’ some. The irritated witch has her malicious henchmen, the Glumpwarts, terrorize Walt. In fear, he promises to give his firstborn child to the witch in exchange for his own freedom.

It’s our heroine’s 18th birthday, and Witch Izwitch follows through with her promise and places poor Rapunzel alone in a tower. From here, an exuberant, amusing rescue attempt begins! Can Prince Llewellyn persevere over the powers of evil? Will the fresh, hysterical characters be able to help? And can Rapunzel convince the witch that it’s okay to be unique? Filled with an abundant supply of delightful songs like ’Just Because You’re Different,’ ’I’m a Nut’ and, of course, ’Let Your Hair Down,’ this show is zestful entertainment!

Ages: 4-11

Auditions: June 23, 9:30am

Rehearsals:
Saturdays Only
8:30am – 9:30am (Blue Cast)
9:30am – 10:30am (Purple Cast)

Performances:  September 13, 15, 16 (Blue Cast)
September 14, 15, 16 (Purple Cast)

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read, sing a solo, and act out a scene.

Enrollment Information  – click here.

Into the Woods JR.

Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical.  Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

The Spotlight Theatre Richmond Mall
June 29, 30, 7:00pm
July 1, 2:00pm
July 6, 7, 7:00pm
July 8, 2:00pm

Honk Jr. (Age 9-14) Auditions

This delightful adaptation of the beloved fable and the award-winning musical is a heartwarming celebration of what makes us special.

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

Ages: 9-14

Auditions: July 7, 11:00am

Rehearsals:
Saturdays Only
11:00am – 12:00am

Performances:  October 19 – 21

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read, sing a solo, and act out a scene.

Enrollment Information  – click here.