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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

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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:

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)
Fri, Feb 21 2020, 8:00PM

The Good Person
Fri, Mar 6 2020, 8:00PM

Harvey
Friday, April  3  –  8:00 pm

Steel Magnolias
Friday, May 1 – 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 Hound of the Baskervilles: A Comic Thriller Starring Shirley Holmes and Jennie Watson (Apr 17 – 26)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 9-14

Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick, Dr. John Watson, have left on an extended holiday throughout Europe, leaving their nieces—Shirley Holmes and Jennie Watson—to keep an eye on the famous flat at 221B Baker Street. Shirley, studying logic, and Jennie, studying medicine, are busy preparing for upcoming exams when there’s a knock on the door. It’s Dr. Maxine Mortimer and Sir Henry Baskerville, who’ve come to seek the assistance of the famous Sherlock Holmes. Sir Charles Baskerville has died a mysterious death. Is he the most recent victim of the Curse of the Baskervilles—a curse linked to the nightmarish tales of a supernatural hound that haunts the murky moors of Devonshire? There’s no time to recall Holmes and Watson from their trip. In this fast-paced adaptation, full of wailing hounds, thundering hooves, and the slithering mists of the moor, Shirley and Jennie follow the trail of evidence and intrigue until, at last, they are confronted by the ravenous Hound itself!

Friday, Apr 17   –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Apr 18   –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Apr 19  –  2:00 pm

Friday, Apr 24  –  8:00 pm
Saturday, Apr 25  –  8:00 pm
Sunday, Apr 26 –  3:30 pm


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Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark (April 24 – May 3)

Presented by Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 4-9

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS is an adaptation of the first 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. Jack and Annie’s tree house transports them back in time to the age of the dinosaurs, where the siblings courageously learn that things are not always what they seem.

Siblings, Jack and Annie, discover a tree house full of books while exploring one afternoon. Jack looks through a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see a real one. Suddenly, the wind begins to blow and the tree house starts to spin wildly. When it finally stops, Jack and Annie open their eyes to find they have been transported back to the time of the dinosaurs. Jack and Annie have a harrowing adventure, befriending some dinosaurs along the way as they try to make their way back home.

Friday, April 24  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, April 25  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, April 26  –  2:00 pm

Thursday, May 1  –  6:30 pm
Friday, May 2  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, May 3  –  6:30 pm


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Frozen (April 17 – 19)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 14-18

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Friday, April 17 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, April 18 – 8:30 pm
Sunday, April 19 – 4:00 pm

Steel Magnolias (May 1-9)

Presented by the Spotlight Players

Kyrsten Daugherty returns again this season, this time joining forces with Director Chad Hembree to produce the very touching and heart-warming comedy Steel Magnolias. The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where she dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s eccentric residents. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy where the ladies are forced to draw on their underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Friday, May 1 – 8:00pm
(“Pay What You Can” Performance)

Saturday, May 2 – 8:00pm
Sunday, May 3 – 3:30pm

Friday, May 8 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 9 – 8:00pm

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Music Man Jr. (May 8 – 10)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 9-14

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

Friday, May 8  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, May 9  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, May 10  –  2:00 pm

Harvey (May 15-17)

Presented by the Spotlight Players

Director Chad Hembree brings this timeless classic to the Playhouse stage. When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion.

Friday, May 15  –  8:00 pm
(“Pay What You Can” Performance)

Saturday, May 16   –  8:00 pm
Sunday, May 17 –  2:00 pm

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