Less than one week until many go back to school, if you aren’t already. Where has the time gone? Although the pool will be closing and vacations will be over, don’t worry! There is plenty of fun happening at Spotlight this season!
With all the exciting events, fundraisers, and news that has been advertised lately I thought it might be a good idea to write down all that is happening in the next month or so, for those who have been busy at the beach, or new viewers that may have missed an announcement.
Prepare to get excited about this semester.
Then I am very excited to share that last week we signed a lease to open a new campus in Richmond! Our new Richmond Campus, called the Spotlight Theatre, is located in the Richmond Mall, where Hallmark used to be. This new spot for us is opening this weekend with auditions, but soon will be the home of small group, afternoon classes. For the first time Spotlight will be offering classes for students, including costume construction, dance lessons, music lessons, guitar lessons, acting lessons, art lessons, and audition workshop. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to dedicate a whole post to going in depth about these upcoming classes and opportunities. Personally I’m very excited.
How are we building one, possibly two new theaters, you may ask? I can tell you it’s not the most inexpensive endeavor Spotlight has taken on. Our ideal budget is $30,000, however in order to keep scholarships available we are fundraising this budget. Whether you can give $10 or $10,000, anything helps our goal of giving our students performance spaces they deserve AND prevents us from having to turn away students, due to lack of scholarship. In fact we are currently in the middle of a T-shirt fundraiser, which you can find out more about on our Facebook page. Check out this information here and order a T-shirt you will cherish forever.
Now let’s talk about what is going on in these spaces.
Auditions start on August 15th with Aladdin for ages 4-11 and Alice in Wonderland for ages 11-18 at our new Richmond campus. Then the next weekend at our Berea campus, Spotlight Playhouse, will hold auditions for Cinderella for ages 4-11 and Arsenic and Old Lace for ages 11-18. Not only are all these shows classics and crowd favorites, all of them are a part of new theaters that have never seen that production before. For theater folk, it’s a unique experience of gracing the stage with something new and innovative; for non-theatre folk, let’s just say it’s really cool. Audition pre-registration can be found here! We welcome all children here, new students or returning, ability to pay or not, shy or not shy, to be a part of this experience of learning about the art and putting on some good shows.
Sorry, I got a little carried away there.
Right now several of our students are already in rehearsal, getting ready to premier our grand Spotlight Playhouse with You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, directed by Sarah. This talented group has been working all summer to put on a full length musical with your favorite Peanuts characters front and center. Director Sarah has some cool things to say about it here! September 25th is when we cut the ribbon for the Playhouse and at 7:00 that night Charlie Brown starts off that season.
And boy, is that season huge.
From Spotlight Acting School productions, to mystery dinners, to some of your favorite classic plays, and to movie nights, Spotlight Playhouse can be your source of entertainment every weekend this year. I could list off all the names of the productions OR you can go check out the detailed schedule and repertoire here. Like what you see? Well guess what? For the first time ever, we will be offering season tickets for Spotlight Playhouse! Ticket holders will have the opportunity to choose their membership package, that not only gives ticket holders first pick of seating, additional benefits such a percentage off our merchandise, and free refreshments when applicable, but also gives members various discounts and deals with some area businesses. Folks, be sure to keep an eye out on when the tickets are released for sale because these season tickets packages are ones that can’t be beat!
I am very excited for what awaits this semester! I hope after reading this you are too! For updated information you can check on our Facebook and as we try to keep things fresh on our blog. Feel free to comment and leave any questions or share your excitement!