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Tuned in for Murder Dinner Show (Oct 4-12)

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Completely revamped for this season, Tuned in for Murder is a fan favorite 1980’s Themed Murder Mystery Dinner Show. Written by local playwright and director Chad Hembree, this zany mystery delights audiences with a host of crazy characters. You’re invited to the 50th Anniversary of WJRK, and the owner has big news to share-if he can live that long.

You may request celebrity status at the time of booking. As a celebrity, you will be provided a small prop to wear and may be given a card containing a short paragraph to read at the appropriate time in the show. Celebrity roles are limited.

Friday, Oct 4  –  8 pm
Saturday, Oct 5  –  8 pm

Friday, Oct 11  –  8 pm
Saturday, Oct 12  –  8 pm

Salem’s Daughter (A Witch’s Tale) (Oct 18-26)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by Students Age 14-18

This gripping drama opens in 1691, where Sarah Brooks, who has been tried as a witch, is sentenced to hang, cursing those who would disturb her rest. Now jump to the present: six high school seniors have a graduation party at Heather’s house, which is built on the hill where the condemned witches were buried. Heather goads the others into inviting a new girl, Sarah, to their party. Sarah is the perfect example of the ’trash’ Heather thinks is moving in and ruining the town. Heather insists that Sarah drink a glass of ’Initiation Punch,’ and when Sarah collapses and dies, the joke suddenly stops. To protect their post-graduation dreams, the others decide to throw Sarah’s body down the backyard well and vow never to tell anyone what happened. Eight years later, the group must once again come together. Construction near the well has revealed… nothing. A police detective has told Heather that a woman in a long dress has been seen on her property. Is it Sarah?

Friday, Oct 18  –  8 pm
Saturday, Oct 19  –  8 pm
Sunday, Oct 20  –  2:00 pm

Friday, Oct 25  –  8 pm
Saturday, Oct 26  –  8 pm

Tickets

Dracula: The New World (Oct 28-Nov 1)

Presented by The Bluegrass Players

Students under the age of 18 must get special permission from the director to audition.

Back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row, this retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic story brings a whole new twist to Dracula. Set in the Appalachian foothills not far from the Spotlight Playhouse, Dracula escaped London and has fled to the new world for a fresh start away from those who pursue him. This fast-paced high-intensity thriller is an audience favorite and has become a regular each season. Written and directed by Chad Hembree, Dracula: The New World stirs all the senses with an original soundtrack and loads of special effects in an engaging atmosphere.

Performances:
28 OCT 2019, MON 8 – 10:30pm
29 OCT 2019, TUE 8 – 10:30pm
30 OCT 2019, WED 8 – 10:30pm
1 NOV 2019, FRI 8 – 10:30pm
2 NOV 2019, SAT 8 – 10:30pm

Fairy Tale Misfits (Nov 8-17)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 9-14

When a mysterious talking groundhog steals young Ellie’s homework, she takes off down a hole after it and finds herself in a place where nothing is as it seems — the Land of Rejected Fairy Tale Characters. Here, Ellie meets a crazy assortment of misfits who were cut from the fairy tales we all know and love. There’s her shadow-fearing sidekick, Groundhog; Mac, the eighth and world’s largest dwarf; Jacqueline, the great Giant Slayer armed with a magic polka-playing accordion; and more — Indecisive Goldilocks, Sleepless Beauty, Little Red Robin Hood, Fairy Godfather, and even Big Bad Platypus. Groundhog and the rest of the misfits make a deal to help Ellie find her way back home if, in return, she writes them into stories that can be shared with others. But Queen White-Out and her eraser minions, Pink Pearl and Big Mistake, have other plans. Will the misfits be erased forever, or will they find their own happily ever after?

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

Friday, Nov 15 – 6:30 pm
Saturday, Nov 16 – 6:30 pm
Sunday, Nov 17 – 2:00 pm

Murder on the Orient Express (Nov 8 – 16)

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Playwright, Ken Ludwig, hits right on the mark with his fantastic adaptation of Agatha Christie’s timeless thriller. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. The Spotlight Playhouse is proud to announce the directorial debut of Alyssa Bustle.

Friday, Nov 8 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 9 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, Nov 10 – 3:30pm

Friday, Nov 15 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 16 – 8:00 pm

Tickets

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Nov 22-30)

Presented by the Spotlight Players

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

Friday, Nov 22  –  7:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 23  –  7:00 pm
Sunday, Nov 24 –  2:00 pm

Friday, Nov 29  –  7:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 30  –  7:00 pm

Tickets

Twas the Week After Christmas (Dec 13-22)

Presented by Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 4-9

A hilarious and heartwarming story about what happens when the North Pole loses the Christmas Spirit. It’s been years since the Elves and Reindeer have gotten along. The Reindeer egos are high, and Elves’ productivity is low. Will a week of vacation help remind the Elves and Reindeer what Christmas is all about?

Friday, Dec 13  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 14  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Dec 15  –  2:00 pm

Friday, Dec 20  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 21  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Dec 22  –  2:00 pm

Tickets

Growing Up: A Broadway Revue (Jan 10-18)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 9-18

Come experience this delightful evening of Broadway magic as students share the wonder of growing up through song. Created by Spotlight Director Sarah Jeck, this one of a kind Broadway experience will entertain all audiences and have them singing along.

Friday, Jan 10 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Jan 11 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, Jan 12 – 2:00 pm

Friday, Jan 17 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Jan 18 – 8:00 pm

TUNED IN FOR MURDER DINNER SHOW AUDITIONS (JULY 30 – 7PM & AUG 3 – 5PM)

Tuned in for Murder

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Students under the age of 18 must get special permission from the director to audition.

Completely revamped for this season, Tuned in for Murder is a fan favorite 1980’s Themed Murder Mystery Dinner Show. Written by local playwright and director Chad Hembree, this zany mystery delights audiences with a host of crazy characters. You’re invited to the 50th Anniversary of WJRK, and the owner has big news to share-if he can live that long. 

Actors will be expected to
1. Read a scene
2. Perform an improv scene
3. Answer questions

Rehearsals
12 AUG 2019, MON 8 – 9pm 
14 AUG 2019, WED 8 – 9pm 
19 AUG 2019, MON 8 – 9pm 
21 AUG 2019, WED 8 – 9pm 
26 AUG 2019, MON 8 – 9pm 
28 AUG 2019, WED 8 – 9pm 
2 SEP 2019, MON 8 – 9pm 
4 SEP 2019, WED 8 – 9pm 
9 SEP 2019, MON 8 – 9pm 
11 SEP 2019, WED 8 – 9pm 
16 SEP 2019, MON 7:30 – 8:30pm 
18 SEP 2019, WED 7:30 – 8:30pm 
23 SEP 2019, MON 7:30 – 8:30pm 
25 SEP 2019, WED 7:30 – 8:30pm 
29 SEP 2019, SUN 7 – 9pm 
30 SEP 2019, MON 7 – 9pm 
1 OCT 2019, TUE 7 – 9pm 
2 OCT 2019, WED 7 – 9pm 
3 OCT 2019, THU 7 – 9pm 

Performances
4 OCT 2019, FRI 8 – 10:30pm 
5 OCT 2019, SAT 8 – 10:30pm 
11 OCT 2019, FRI 8 – 10:30pm 
12 OCT 2019, SAT 8 – 10:30pm



Murder on the Orient Express Auditions (Aug 1 & 2 – 6:00pm)

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Playwright, Ken Ludwig, hits right on the mark with his fantastic adaptation of Agatha Christie’s timeless thriller. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. The Spotlight Playhouse is proud to announce the directorial debut of Alyssa Bustle.
Auditions Aug 1 & 2 – 6:00pm
Ages 18+
Auditions will consist of a cold read and optional monologues.
Performances:
Friday, Nov 8 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 9 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, Nov 10 – 3:30pm
Friday, Nov 15 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 16 – 8:00 pm