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(Cancelled – to be rescheduled) Commedia Tales of King Arthur Performances

(Cancelled – to be rescheduled) Punchin loves to play Merlin, employing his big, magical nose as a wand to control Rosetta’s stick horse as she plays young Arthur.  Columbine and Arlequin join in the fun to bring us Lancelot, the king, Guenevere, and even an ogre guarding the castle!  As always, the players revel in creating much onstage merriment with witty wordplay, teasing, and wigs flying off!

Commedia dell’arte, Italian for “comedy of the professional artists,” was a popular form of improvisational theatre that began in Italy in the 15th century and continued in its appeal for centuries.  At that time, all performances were unscripted and held outdoors, with only simple props and no scenery.  The influence of commedia dell’arte is evident in much of our contemporary comedy, most notably in the great Commedia artists of the 20th century, the Marx Brothers.

This is a student lead production as part of the STARS Studio summer projects. Directed by Callie Harris and Assisted by Mr. Chad

Performances:
July 23 – Friday – 6:30 pm
July 24 – Saturday – 6:30 pm

Tickets available at the door.
No reservations.
$10 Standard
$6 Student

Pride and Prejudice Performances (July 30 – Aug 14)

Performed by the Bluegrass Players

The successful Mrs. Bennett is determined to get her daughters married well. Jane, Elizabeth, and Lydia are girls in a period when a woman’s one possible career is matrimony. To be a wife was a success. Anything else was a failure. Jane and her Mr. Bingley and Lydia with her Mr. Wickham are quite content with things as they are, but not Elizabeth! She actually refuses to marry Mr. Collins, whom she openly deplores, and Mr. Darcy, whom she secretly adores. It’s a duel between Elizabeth and her pride, and Darcy and his prejudice. Each gives in before the evening is over and pride and prejudice meet halfway.


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(Cancelled – to be rescheduled) Complaint Department & Lemonade Performances

(Cancelled – to be rescheduled) People will complain about anything — not almost anything, but absolutely anything! 

In this rapid succession of hysterical grievances, the complaint department takes on everything from Oreo icing to kleptomania and from songs stuck in the head to the price of cheese and on and on and on.  Could there be a glimmer of hope for anyone in charge of a complaint department? 

This is a student lead production as part of the STARS Studio summer projects.
Directed by Sarah Ashcraft and Assisted by Mr. Chad

Performances:
Aug 6 – Friday – 6:30 pm
Aug 7 – Saturday – 6:30 pm

Tickets available at the door.
No reservations.
$10 Standard
$6 Student

The Three Little Pigs Performances (Aug 13 & 14)

Goldilocks, fresh from her adventure with The Three Bears, now becomes involved in a new story. In this special participation version of the familiar tale, the audience members help out by supplying straw, sticks and bricks for the homes of the Three Little Pigs. In addition, the audience supplies extra actors for the play, including two of the pigs! With the help of the audience, Goldie comes to the aid of the pigs in their quest for a home that will truly keep ”the wolf from the door.”

This is a student lead production as part of the STARS Studio summer projects.
Directed by Bea McCoy and Assisted by Mr. Chad

Performances:
Aug 13 – Friday – 6:30 pm
Aug 14 – Saturday – 6:30 pm

Tickets available at the door.
No reservations.
$10 Standard
$6 Student

A Community Theater

The Spotlight Playhouse is a community theater at its very heart.  We regularly host open auditions with a mission to help make the arts accessible to everyone while maintaining our mission to help support and house the programs of the Spotlight Acting School.

All auditions for the Spotlight Players and The Bluegrass Players are open to the community.

Chad Hembree, Executive Director of The Spotlight Playhouse serves as the administrator for both groups and will gladly answer any questions you might have about joining the groups.

The Spotlight Acting School is a  tuition-based performing arts school with a mission to turn no students away by providing financial aid and trade opportunities for students and families.

Learn more about The  Spotlight Players & The Bluegrass Players 

Learn more about Spotlight Acting School

Scroll down for upcoming audition opportunities.

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.

Scheduled “Pay What You Can” Performance Dates:

Hamlet – May 21st 8:00pm

RULES
Here’s what you need to know about our “Pay What You Can” performances:

One hour before the performance, unsold tickets will become available at the Spotlight Box Office. These tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

All members of your party must be present at the time of purchase.

“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)