Category Archives: Spotlight Acting School

Shrek Jr. (Age 9-14) Auditions

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

Ages: 9-14

Auditions: October 27, 11:00am

Rehearsals:
Saturdays Only
8:30am – 9:30am (Blue Cast)
9:30am – 10:30am (Purple Cast)

Performances:  February 8 – 10 (Blue Cast)
February 15-17 (Purple Cast)

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read, sing a solo, and act out a scene.

Enrollment Information  – click here.

Christmas Showcase Auditions (All Ages)

Description: Every two years we assemble our favorite songs and scenes into a spectacular production from the Christmas movies and shows that make the best season of the year even better.

Students under 18 years old must be enrolled in Spotlight Acting School.

Ages: 11+

Auditions: September 29, 3:00pm

Rehearsals:
Saturdays Only
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Performances:  December 7 – 9

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to sing a solo and/or learn a short dance.

Enrollment Information  – click here.

Space Pirates! (Ages 4-11) Auditions

Pirates! Aliens! Space Travel! Space Pirates tells the story of Gabby, a kid who gets picked on during a school trip to the museum. Everything quickly changes when an alien space ship accidentally beams Gabby and her classmates up to outer space. Things go from bad to worse when the alien space ship is suddenly attacked by SPACE PIRATES! It’s only after this whirlwind space adventure that Gabby becomes comfortable in her own skin, and her classmates appreciate her for who she is.

Ages: 4-11

Auditions: September 29, 9:00am

Rehearsals:
Saturdays Only
8:30am – 9:30am (Blue Cast)
9:30am – 10:30am (Purple Cast)

Performances:  February 21, 23, 24 (Blue Cast)
February 22, 23, 24 (Purple Cast)

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read, sing a solo, and act out a scene.

Enrollment Information  – click here.

Let Your Hair Down, Rapunzel

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School Ages 4-11

“It’s time to let your hair down, have a little fun,” chimes the company in the opening number of this fresh, vivacious musical adaptation of a popular tale. Rene Shwartzbuckle sings to her husband, Walt, about her zany obsession for a turnip-like vegetable called ’rapunzel.’ After spotting a delectable patch of the plant in Witch Izwitch’s garden, Rene sends Walt to ’borrow’ some. The irritated witch has her malicious henchmen, the Glumpwarts, terrorize Walt. In fear, he promises to give his firstborn child to the witch in exchange for his own freedom.

It’s our heroine’s 18th birthday, and Witch Izwitch follows through with her promise and places poor Rapunzel alone in a tower. From here, an exuberant, amusing rescue attempt begins! Can Prince Llewellyn persevere over the powers of evil? Will the fresh, hysterical characters be able to help? And can Rapunzel convince the witch that it’s okay to be unique? Filled with an abundant supply of delightful songs like ’Just Because You’re Different,’ ’I’m a Nut’ and, of course, ’Let Your Hair Down,’ this show is zestful entertainment!

Performances:
Sep 13 – 7:00pm (Blue Cast)
Sep 14 – 7:00pm (Purple Cast)
Sep 15 – 4:00pm (Purple Cast) and 7:00pm (Blue Cast)
Sep 16 – 2:00pm (Blue Cast) and 5:00pm (Purple Cast)

Sep 21 – 7:00pm (Red Cast)
Sep 22 – 7:00pm (Red Cast)
Sep 23 – 2:00pm (Red Cast)

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Press Start

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

PRESS START transports us inside the bright, pixelated world of video games! When the famous characters we know and love run out of lives, they decide to put on a musical fundraiser that will help them raise gold rings and play on. Through hilarious and heartfelt musical numbers we see the heroes, villains and sidekicks like we’ve never seen them before. But when things go terribly awry, it’s the quiet sidekick Little Mushroom who must find the hero within to help save the day!

 

Performances:
August 31 – September 2 (Blue Cast)
Fri & Sat – 7:00pm
Sun 2:00pm

Sun 2:00pmSeptember 7 – 9 (Purple Cast)
Fri & Sat – 7:00pm
Sun 2:00pm

Tickets

A Spectacular Season Preview

Join us for an all-out fun time as we share songs, scenes, and information from the 33 shows scheduled next season. The show will be presented in the form of a Broadway revue.

Performances:  August 24 – 26

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Cast of the Spectacular Season Preview 2018

A Spectacular Season Preview Logo
Congratulations to the Cast of the Spectacular Season Preview.  This show is going to be great fun.  We have the musical numbers posted with the cast, but the straight play scenes are still being worked on. We did not want to wait any longer to share something.

Group Numbers Kids and Teens Solos and Duets
Lee Pence We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma When will my life begin
Kyle Shelton We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma
Cassidy Jones We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun I Know It’s Today
Bailey Bullock We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun It Takes All Sorts
Matt Manning We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Putting on the Ritz, People Will Say We’re in Love
Dylan Marnard We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun The Travel Song
Hadley O’Bryan We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun
Paula Davis We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma When You Wish Upon a Star
Leah Ashcraft We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun
Sara Ashcraft We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun
Bethany Johnson We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun
Edwin Tate We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma
Phoenix Bills We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun Singing in the Rain
Sophie Graves We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun
Anna Damrell We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun You Can Be My Friend
Aleena Damrell We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun
Alyssa Bustle We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Putting on the Ritz, People Will Say We’re in Love
Ty Cain We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun The Travel Song, Little Mushroom Tap
Tracey Cain We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma
Hannah Patton We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun
Brady Sexton We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun
Kylie Hammonds We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun I Know It’s Today, Little Mushroom Tap
Beverly Hammonds We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma
Kelsey McNeal We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun Aint No Grave
Celia Shaffer We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel, Space Pirates, Fun Fun Fun It Takes All Sorts
Jeremy Grant We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Almost Like Being in Love, Putting on the Ritz (Monster), Brush up Your Shakespeare
Kysten Daugherty We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma The Song that Goes Like This, Little Mushroom Tap
Jessie Lawson We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma I Know It’s Today, Little Mushroom Tap
Sarah Bucknam We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Waiting for My Dearie, Little Mushroom Tap
Chad Hembree We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Make Them Laugh, Brush up Your Shakespeare
Lucas Slagle We’re in this Together, Coffee Break, Oklahoma Life is a Bowl of Pitts

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)

Peter Pan Jr.

Presented by Spotlight Acting School Ages 4-9

Fly away to Neverland with Peter and the Darling children in this adaptation of Disney’s beloved animated film.

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero.

The Spotlight Theatre – Richmond Mall
Fri Feb 23  7:00pm
Sat Feb 24  7:00pm
Sun Feb 25  2:00pm
Fri Mar 2  7:00pm
Sat Mar 3  7:00pm
Sun Mar 4 2:00pm

 

So, you think you can write a play? – The Spotlight Festival of Short Plays

ELIGIBILITY:
Short plays and musicals that are no more than 15 pages in length with an average runtime of less than 30 minutes.

Writers may submit only 1 play, including plays they have co-authored.

Each nomination must submit a separate Submission Form.

Plays must be typed. See the format guide attached.

Plays presented in previous Spotlight Festivals are not eligible for re-submission.

Poetry and short story readings will not be accepted.

The Spotlight Acting School, Inc. Festival Committee, in its sole and absolute discretion, shall select plays for participation in the 2018 Spotlight Festival from among all entries, and its decisions are final.

TO SUBMIT:
All submissions must be submitted by the Author[s] of the Play.

The author is responsible for co-producing the play in the event that the work is selected as a Festival participant. The responsibilities of the Producer include, but are not limited to, assisting in or suggesting casting; our 2018 festival is a non-equity festival; working with the appointed director or self-directing the work, assisting technical personnel; attending rehearsals; and assisting with costumes.

Script submissions will be accepted in digital format only. Each submission should be submitted as a single PDF or Microsoft Word Compatible (.doc, .docx) document. Documents must be labeled as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name.pdf (or .doc/.docx). Email the completed document as an attachment to [email protected] .

All portions of the application must be complete.

Submission Form link

Spotlight Acting School, Inc. will announce the winners at the performance of Alice in Wonderland February 10th 2018 followed by posting the results on its website.