All posts by Chad Hembree

Mean Girls JR (Mar 01-10)

Performed by Spotlight Acting School Students age 14-18

Dive into the dynamic and witty world of “Mean Girls JR.,” presented by the Spotlight Acting School. This adaptation of the hit film and Broadway musical invites audiences to the halls of North Shore High, where newcomer Cady Heron confronts the unspoken rules of popularity and power. Amidst the whirlwind of high school politics, Cady encounters the Plastics, the reigning clique led by the charismatic Regina George. As she journeys through the complexities of friendship, identity, and social pressures, “Mean Girls JR.” offers a hilarious yet insightful exploration of the highs and lows of teenage life. Join us for a performance filled with catchy songs, memorable characters, and a story that resonates with anyone who’s ever navigated the tricky waters of high school.

Performances:
Friday – Mar 1 – 7:00 pm
Saturday – Mar 2 – 7:00 pm
Sunday – Mar 3 – 2:00 pm
Friday – Mar 8 – 7:00 pm
Saturday – Mar 9 – 7:00 pm
Sunday – Mar 10 – 2:00 pm


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The Rainbow Fish Musical (Mar 15 – 17)

Performed by Spotlight Acting School students age 4-11

Experience the Dazzling World of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ at Spotlight Acting School!
Join us under the sea for a spectacular journey of friendship, beauty, and self-discovery in our latest production, “The Rainbow Fish”. This enchanting play, based on the beloved children’s book, brings to life the colorful underwater world with mesmerizing visuals and captivating performances by our talented young actors. Perfect for audiences of all ages, this heartwarming story teaches valuable lessons about sharing and kindness, making it a must-see for families. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this magical adventure! Secure your tickets now and let “The Rainbow Fish” leave you and your loved ones spellbound. 🌈🐠🎭

Performances:
Friday – Mar 15 – 6:30 pm
Saturday – Mar 16 – 6:30 pm
Sunday – Mar 17 – 2:00 pm


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Almost Maine (MAR 15-17)

Presented by the Bluegrass Players Adult Acting Troupe

Join us at Spotlight Playhouse for a magical journey to the quaint, mythical town of Almost, Maine. Directed by the talented Jeremy Grant, the Bluegrass Players bring to life the charming vignettes of “Almost, Maine,” a play that explores the intricacies of love and connection under the enchanting northern lights. This heartwarming, humorous, and sometimes poignant production promises to captivate audiences with its relatable characters and unexpected twists. Performances are scheduled for March 15, 16, and 17, marking a must-see event in Berea’s cultural calendar. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic; secure your tickets now and let “Almost, Maine” warm your heart during these cool March evenings.


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The Importance of Being Earnest (Mar 22-30)

Performed by The Bluegrass Players

Get ready for a delightful twist on a classic! The Bluegrass Players proudly present an adapted version of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” under the direction of Chad Hembree. This rendition of one of the wittiest comedies in the English language promises to be a fresh and vibrant take on the tale of mistaken identities, secret engagements, and whimsical love affairs. Our talented cast brings to life the satirical elegance of Victorian high society, infusing Wilde’s timeless humor with a contemporary flair. Join us for an evening of laughter and charm as we explore the importance of being earnest in both name and nature.

Tickets on sale soon.

Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. (Apr 12 – 21)

Performed by Spotlight Acting School students age 9-14

Experience the underwater adventure of a lifetime with “Finding Nemo JR.,” brought to you by our talented troupe!
Dive into the oceanic world of this beloved story, where young Nemo, an adventurous clownfish, finds himself far from home. The journey of Marlin, Nemo’s overprotective father, takes him across the seas with the forgetful yet endearing Dory, meeting a host of fascinating sea creatures along the way. This heartwarming tale of parental love and the courage of growing up is brought to life with vibrant characters, captivating music, and a splash of humor. Perfect for audiences of all ages, “Finding Nemo JR.” is a spectacular and colorful journey under the sea that reminds us all about the importance of family and friendship. Join us for a theatrical experience that will leave you swimming in joy and wonder!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Performances (May 31 – Jun 2)

Presented by Spotlight Acting School students ages 14-18
Spotlight Acting School proudly presents a captivating production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by the gifted Jazzlyn Threlkeld. This timeless Shakespearean comedy, performed by our talented students, promises a delightful escape into a world of whimsy, romance, and enchantment. Join us from May 31 to June 2 at the Spotlight Playhouse for an unforgettable experience as we bring to life the misadventures of lovers, fairies, and actors in the mystical forest. Don’t miss this opportunity to support young talent and enjoy a classic that continues to charm and amuse audiences of all ages. Reserve your tickets now for a magical evening with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

A Community Theater

The Spotlight Playhouse is a community theater at its very heart.  We regularly host open auditions.

Auditions for The Bluegrass Players Community Theater Troupe. All shows will have a suggested age range, but it is more of a suggestion than a rule. The community shows only keep the actors needed for the production.

We are also the campus for the Spotlight Acting School. Spotlight Acting School is typically for students aged 4-18 but occasionally offers intergenerational shows. Tuition is never charged to adult actors helping out in school productions. Tuition for students is kept low and financial assistance is available. Every student is cast, always! Joining the school is simple and completed on the day of the audition.

Chad Hembree, Executive Director of Spotlight, will gladly answer any questions you might have about joining either group.
[email protected] or 859-661-0600

Auditions for both groups are hosted on the Spotlight Acting School website and designated by SAS (Spotlight Acting School) or BGP (Bluegrass Players)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pay What You Can Performances

“Pay What You Can” at The Spotlight Playhouse helps fulfill our mission to bring the performing arts to everyone. “Pay What You Can” performances put you in charge of the ticket price. Use your spare change for a night of theater and experience something new or take the opportunity to donate a few extra dollars to support our mission. Please read the rules below before attending.

RULES:

“Pay What You Can” performances are typically on Friday evenings when offered.  The details of a show will list the eligible performances.

Two hours before the performance, unsold tickets will become available online or at the box office. These tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

“Pay What You Can” tickets are non-transferable and may not be resold.

All sales are final with no refunds.

The Spotlight Playhouse 2018/2019 Season

As we begin rehearsals for our last few shows of the 2017/2018 season we look forward to another season of great entertainment, all located in our new 13,000sq ft Playhouse in Berea.

The shows are listed in Chronological order, but exact dates could change at this point.

The season consists of over 32 shows for 46 weeks of entertainment with over 150 performances. Don’t let anyone say there is nothing to do in Berea.

Look at the calendar in the next few days to see performance dates.

  1. Murder Mystery Dinner Show – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Aug 2018)
  2. A Spectacular Season Preview – by the Spotlight Players
    (Aug 2018)
  3. Press Start – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-9
    (Sept 2018)
  4. Let Your Hair Down, Rapunzel – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-11
    (Sept 2018)
  5. Young Frankenstein – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Sept 2018)
  6. You Can’t Take It with You – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 11-18
    (Oct 2018)
  7. Honk Jr. – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 9-14
    (Oct 2018) 
  8. Dracula  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Oct 2018) 
  9. Brigadoon – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 11-18
    (Nov 2018)  
  10. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – by the Spotlight Players (Intergenerational)
    (Nov 2018) 
  11. Christmas Showcase – by the Spotlight Players (Intergenerational)
    (Dec 2018)
  12. An Old Time Christmas Live Radio Show – by the Spotlight Players
    (Dec 2018)
  13. Christmas Mystery Dinner Show – by The Bluegrass Players
    (Dec 2018)
  14. Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR. – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-9
    (Jan 2019)
  15. End Days  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Jan 2019)
  16. Shrek Jr. – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 9-14
    (Feb 2019) 
  17. Space Pirates! – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-11
    (Feb 2019)  
  18. High School Musical – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 11-18
    (Mar 2019) 
  19. The Importance of Being Earnest  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Mar 2019)
  20. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – by the Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 11-18
    (Mar 2019)
  21. Festival of Short Plays
    (Mar 2019)
  22. Twelfth Night  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Mar 2019)
  23. Musicville – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-9
    (Apr 2019)
  24. The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe – by the Spotlight Players (Intergenerational)
    (Apr 2019)
  25. Spamalot  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (May 2019)
  26. Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-11
    (May 2019) 
  27. Clue Dinner Show  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (May 2019)
  28. Singin’ in the Rain JR. – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 9-14
    (Jun 2019)
  29. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 11-18
    (Jun 2019)
  30. Oklahoma! – by the Spotlight Players (Intergenerational)
    (Jun 2019)
  31. A Broadway Revue – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 9-18
    (Jun 2019) 
  32. Moon Over Buffalo  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Jul 2019)