Category Archives: Show

The History of Dating (Feb 7 – 16)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 14-18

Who knew that ancient pickup lines were just as cheesy as today’s?! This zany romp through history is a fun, fast-paced look at the woes and wonders of dating through the ages. Professor Curio — with the help of his spirited partner, Professor Amoré — leads the audience on a chronological journey through time from early nomads and cavemen and women all the way to computer dating in the twenty-first century! With stops at ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian civilizations, then hitting Medieval and Colonial times, the scholarly hosts lead the audience through more modern decades like the Roaring 20s and the Nifty 50s.

Friday, Feb  7  –  8:00 pm
Saturday, Feb 8   –  6:30 pm
(Valentine’s ball after the show. Additional ticket required)
Sunday, Feb 9 –  2:00 pm

Friday, Feb 14  –  8:00 pm
Saturday, Feb 15  –  8:00 pm
Sunday, Feb 2  –  2:00 pm

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (Feb 21-29)

Present by the Bluegrass Players

Director Jeremy Grant brings us the show that was created by three inspired, charismatic comics that honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs. The show premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London’s longest-running comedy after a decade at the Criterion Theatre. Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes. Fast-paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.

Friday, Feb  21  –  8:00 pm
(“Pay What You Can” performance)

Saturday, Feb 22   –  8:00 pm
Sunday, Feb 23 –  2:00 pm

Friday, Feb 28  –  8:00 pm
Saturday, Feb 29 –  8:00 pm


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The Spotlight Festival of Short Plays 2020 (Feb 28-29)

 

Festival Pass includes all performances and workshops.

Friday, Feb 28

6:00 pm Reception

7:00 pm Driven – Mason Smith and Marie Mitchell*
Ten Minute Play – By Tommy Jones*

8:00 pm The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged*

Saturday, Feb 29

9:00 am Meet the Playwrights , Release of the next Season’s Plays

10:00 am Mallie’s Christmas – By Elizabeth Tait*
I Think, Therefore I Am – By Catherine Tait*

11:00 am Improv Games for Kids and Adults (Hosted by STARS)
Playwright Workshop

12:00 pm Lunch Theater Sing-A-Long (Host: STARS)

1:30 pm Audition Workshop Age 15-Adult
Audition Workshop Ages 9-14
Audition Workshop Ages 4-9

2:30 pm Dinner Night in Transylvania – By Lucas Slagle*
Paris to Paris – By Patricia Watkins*

3:30 pm Basic Theater Dance (What should I know?)
Introduction to Film Acting (Host: Spotlight Film School)
Singing Workshop (Host: STARS)

4:30 pm Waiting – By Wesley Gift*
Rewritten Part 2 – Bonnie Fitzsimmons
The Rejected Superheroes – By Caleb Kingston*

5:00 pm Dinner Break

7:00 pm Strained Pears – By William McCann*
Grandmothered Inn – By Richard Cavendish*

8:00 pm The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged*

The Good Person (Mar 6 – 14)

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Three gods come to a poor village in search of one good person. They find one in a prostitute. She is hospitable to them, and in return they give her 100 pieces of money. With this she buys a tobacco store and liberally gives board and room to the needy and to parasites as well. Director Tony Crachiolo brings this incredible and entertaining story to life featuring an intergenerational cast.

Friday, Mar  6  –  8:00 pm
(“Pay What You Can” Performance)

Saturday, Mar 7   –  8:00 pm
Sunday, Mar 8 –  2:00 pm

Friday, Mar 13  –  8:00 pm
Saturday, Mar 14 –  8:00 pm


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The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Comic Thriller Starring Shirley Holmes and Jennie Watson (Mar 20 – 29)

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

Friday, Mar 27  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Mar 28  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Mar 29 –  2:00 pm


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Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark (April 3 – 11)

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 3  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, April 4  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, April 5  –  2:00 pm

Thursday, April 9  –  6:30 pm
Friday, April 10  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, April 11  –  6:30 pm


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Harvey (April 3 – 11)

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, April  3  –  8:00 pm
(“Pay What You Can” Performance)

Saturday, April 4   –  8:00 pm
Sunday, April 5 –  2:00 pm

Friday, April 10  –  8:00 pm
Saturday, April 11 –  8:00 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 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 18 – 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 19 – 2:00 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 – 2:00pm

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