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STARS Summer Cabaret (Aug 12 – 13)

Join the students of the Spotlight Theatrical Arts Repatorie School (STARS) for a Cabaret packed with Broadway hits.  This summer’s theme is gender-bending.  The male and female students will be performing songs they typically would not get to perform in a full show. Lots of fun and laughs packed with great performances.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Aug 19 – 21)

Performed by the Bluegrass Players Adult Acting Troupe

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

Annie Jr. (Aug 26 – Sept 11)

Performed by Spotlight Acting School Students Age 4-11  
(This Show has three separate casts defined by Blue Cast, Purple Cast, or Red Cast. If you are coming to see a specific child be sure to book the appropriate cast. Contact the actor to find out which cast they are in. Otherwise, there is no difference in the productions.)

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. 

Blue Group


Purple Group


Red Group



The Grunch – The Musical (Sept 30-Oct 2)

Performed by Spotlight Acting School Students Age 9-14 

Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; he’ll steal the sets, costumes, and lights the night before it opens. But will the spirit of theatre prevail? 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Oct. 7-16)

This is an original script written by Playwright and Director Chad Hembree in 2019. Originally intended for the stage the script was adapted as a radio play in 2020 when live performances were not happening. The Playhouse is thrilled to bring this adaptation of Washington Irving’s timeless classic to live audiences this fall. 

7 OCT 2022, FRI / 7 – 9pm
8 OCT 2022, SAT / 7 – 9pm
15 OCT 2022, SAT / 7 – 9pm
16 OCT 2022, SUN / 2 – 4pm

Tickets on sale soon.

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.

Community Theater Auditions (Typically Adults)

Learn more about The  Spotlight Players & The Bluegrass Players Community Acting Troupes

—— Spotlight Acting School Auditions (Children)

Learn more about Spotlight Acting School

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.


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.

“Pay What You Can” performances are typically the opening night of each production.


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

Click here for a list of upcoming shows or to purchase tickets.