Spotlight to open new theater
in partnership with Churchill Co.
Spotlight Acting School is proud to announce it has made an arrangement with The Churchill Co. to construct a theater inside the historic former home of Churchill Weavers. The state-of-the-art facility is slated to host a black box main stage theatre, a film production studio, a radio broadcasting studio, recording booths, practice rooms, classrooms and will serve as the Berea campus for Spotlight Acting School.
The Spotlight Playhouse will be designed in a 1930’s theater theme with liberal use of deep reds highlighted by gold accents. The lobby will be a spacious reception area with displays of art and information on upcoming events flanked by windows into a radio booth where onlookers can watch and hear live programming as it happens. The lobby is also to have a few small tables and available refreshments, perfect for parents waiting on students and show goers alike.
The back box main stage theatre will be a highly versatile facility with technical capabilities to host a variety of productions and events. From a traditional curtain forward stage production to theater in the round, or even dinner theater, this is sure to be a highly utilized space and offer Berea citizens and visitors alike the opportunity to engage and participate in local entertainment. The video and radio studio production details are still in design, but currently The Creative Tech Media Group and Brigadoon Studios have both agreed to use the facility for production space.
Spotlight Acting School has a long history with Madison County Schools and a great relationship with their current home. Spotlight has no intensions of moving, the additional campus in Berea will allow Spotlight to operate multiple shows, simultaneously, in conjunction with the existing Richmond Campus in the wonderful facilities of Madison Middle School.
The new facility is also to be the home offices for The Spotlight Foundation charity and the Spotlight Players, the adult acting troupe of the Spotlight Acting School. Both of these groups are charged with a mission to raise funds and provide financial aid for low income and special needs students.
I was in the seventh grade when my childhood best friend (and current spotlight director) Sarah Bucknam convinced me to audition for my first musical, High School Musical (embarrassing, I know!). The musical was through Spotlight Acting School, run by a woman who I knew only as “Miss Kathie” through various Sunday school activities and church functions at First Christian Church. That was my first of ten productions over the course of the next six years. (Continued..)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, its the spooky classic story by Washington Irving, presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the main characters—the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina and Ichabod's brutish rival, Brom Bones. There are also characters who play storytellers, keeping the action and pace moving throughout. As much fun as the play presents, it saves the best for last—the ride of the headless horseman. This adaptation remains dedicated to the spirit of the original work with lots of suspense and comedy. A perfect Halloween treat.
What's a cat to do? In Disney’s THE ARISTOCATS KIDS, Madame's jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. Luckily, Thomas O'Malley and his rag-tag bunch of alley cats come to their rescue! The show, based on the Disney film, features plenty of exuberant group numbers by a talented cast of Spotlight performers.
The Spotlight Acting School is a theatre school for children from ages 4 to 18. Our purpose is to provide a creative environment for children who want to learn about performing on stage and to foster a life long appreciation for the arts. The classes are designed not only to expose children to the various aspects of the theatre but also to teach them how to be comfortable in front of an audience which is a valuable skill for a lifetime.
Everyone enjoys a good story! As you can imagine, the telling of stories is one of the oldest art forms. When children participate in theatre, they learn teamwork, and how to feel comfortable in front of a crowd. But most of all, they learn to create a story in words, song, and movement. It is an enchanting experience for both performer and audience.
Being in a production is something your child can assimilate and develop as a lifelong skill and pleasure.