All posts by Chad Hembree

Willy Wonka Kids (Jun 21-30)

Performed by Spotlight Acting School Students age 4-11

Spotlight Acting School invites you to experience the magic of “Willy Wonka Kids,” performed by our talented students aged 4 to 11. This enchanting adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved story will transport you to a world of pure imagination, where the whimsical Willy Wonka, the charming Charlie Bucket, and the eccentric Oompa-Loompas come to life on stage.

Join us for an unforgettable journey through the fantastical chocolate factory, filled with memorable songs, colorful characters, and delightful surprises that will captivate audiences of all ages. Don’t miss your chance to witness the incredible talent and creativity of these young performers as they bring this timeless tale to life. Mark your calendars and prepare for a theatrical experience that promises to be as sweet and delightful as a Wonka chocolate bar! Performances are scheduled for June, so stay tuned for specific dates and ticket information. Come support our young stars and enjoy a heartwarming show that celebrates imagination, friendship, and the joy of theater.


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Heist Quest (Jun 21-29)

Join the Adventure: Heist Quest!

This June, The Bluegrass Players proudly present “Heist Quest,” a captivating medieval comedy that’s rich in fantasy, adventure, and humor. Directed by Chad Hembree, this production weaves a tale of magic and mystery, setting the stage for an epic journey that audience members won’t soon forget.

The plot follows Shade the Rogue, the kingdom’s second most notorious thief, hired for a seemingly simple task: to kidnap the princess. However, the quest becomes anything but straightforward as Shade and their eclectic team—comprising a brave swordsman, a whimsical alchemist, and a dubious necromancer—encounter everything from magical creatures to the sinister Black Knight. With the addition of a mysterious figure tailing them, their adventure becomes a race against time filled with danger and unexpected allies.

Don’t miss “Heist Quest,” running from June 21-29 at The Spotlight Playhouse. Each performance is a unique experience, where the audience’s choices shape the unfolding story. Secure your tickets and step into a world where your decisions determine the fate of our heroes!


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Creative Arts Camp (Rising 1st Graders – 9th Grade) Jun 24-28

Spotlight Acting School’s wildly popular Creative Arts Camp is back in 2024. Students are challenged to learn and participate in many art activities that foster a lifelong appreciation of all things creative.

This year’s theme is Welcome to the Jungle. Join the fun with our animal friends.

The required paperwork will need to be filled out upon the first drop-off or stop by the school anytime during the day on Saturday the 22nd. Today’s online payment will also collect the student’s name and age, therefore reserving your spot in the camp. Any special needs can be communicated at the first drop-off. If your student has any special dietary restrictions or allergies please plan to bring a lunch each day. Our regular meals are provided by Grow Appalachia: Berea Kids Eat, summer food program.

Camp tuition is non-refundable and will not be pro-rated.

Details below:

1. Cost for the week – $125.00
2. Breakfast and lunch is provided.
3. Rising 1st Graders – 9th Grade. (The student activities will be divided by age groups)
4. Drop-off begins at 7:45 am
5. Pick-up by 4:15 pm
6. Monday-Friday June 24-June 28
7. We recommend that campers bring along a water bottle.

REGISTER HERE

Students will take part in 6 classes each day. Classes will include
musical theater dance, design(set/costumes), stage makeup,
visual art, music, acting, etc.
We have a full week of FUN prepared! At the end of the week
(Friday) we will have a short performance to show
parents/families what we have been working on.
Space is Limited. Please reserve your spot today!

Camp Director – Miss Jazzlyn Threlkeld.
Volunteers wishing to help with camps this year may contact Spotlight at [email protected]

Disney’s Descendants: The Musical (Aug 9-10)

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure with the Bluegrass Players’ production of “Descendants the Musical”! This spectacular show brings the beloved characters from the Disney Channel movie to life on stage in a vibrant and exciting musical extravaganza. Follow the journey of the teenage children of infamous villains—Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos—as they navigate the challenges of fitting in at Auradon Prep, a school for the children of heroes. With catchy songs, dynamic choreography, and a heartwarming story about friendship, acceptance, and self-discovery, “Descendants the Musical” is a must-see for audiences of all ages.

The Bluegrass Players, known for their high-energy performances and top-notch production values, have pulled out all the stops to make this show a hit. From stunning costumes and sets to powerful performances by a talented cast, every element of the production is designed to captivate and entertain. Whether you’re a fan of the original movie or new to the world of Auradon, you’ll be swept away by the magic and excitement of “Descendants the Musical.” Don’t miss your chance to see this amazing show. Join us for a night of fun, music, and adventure at the Spotlight Playhouse!

Ticket availability is anticipated in mid-July. 

The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals (Aug 16-24)

Experience the Hilarious Sensation of “The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals” with The Bluegrass Players!

Join The Bluegrass Players for a side-splitting adventure with “The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals,” the sensational comedy musical by StarKid Productions. From August 16 to 24 at The Spotlight Playhouse, get ready for a hilarious ride through the absurd and uproarious world of Paul, an ordinary guy in a small town where everyone suddenly breaks into song and dance. Directed by Jace Kueken, this show promises catchy tunes, zany characters, and non-stop laughter as it brilliantly parodies Broadway conventions with sharp wit and infectious energy.

Whether you’re a die-hard musical theater fan or just in need of a good laugh, “The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals” is a must-see. With a talented cast and crew dedicated to delivering pure entertainment, this production guarantees an unforgettable evening. Please note that the show contains mature content and is recommended for audiences aged 14 and up. Secure your tickets now for a night that will leave you singing and laughing all the way home!


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Shrek JR: The Musical (Aug 30-Sept 8)

Join us for an enchanting adventure with “Shrek JR the Musical” at Spotlight Acting School! Performed by talented students aged 9-14, this delightful production brings the beloved story of Shrek, the grumpy yet lovable ogre, and his quest to rescue Princess Fiona to life on stage. With its heartwarming themes of friendship, acceptance, and the discovery of one’s true self, “Shrek JR” promises to captivate audiences of all ages. Expect a vibrant mix of humor, catchy songs, and memorable characters that will make you laugh, cheer, and perhaps even shed a tear.

Spotlight Acting School is proud to showcase the incredible talents of its young performers in this fantastic show. Under the expert direction of Sarah Jeck, Kelly Fischer,  and Jazzlyn Threlkeld, with musical direction by Miss Letha Hembree, the students have worked tirelessly to bring this magical story to life. From stunning costumes and sets to powerful performances and spirited choreography, every element of “Shrek JR” is crafted to provide a memorable theater experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to support our young actors and enjoy a night of fun and entertainment. 

Ticket availability anticipated mid-July.

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)