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Shrek Diaries Day 2

Good morning all! Brandi, here.

In anticipation of opening night of Spotlight Acting School’s production of Shrek the Musical in TEN DAYS, we have decided to share some of the projects the directors, cast, crew, and even parents are putting together to make this show epic. To check out Day 1 click here!

Day 2 of Shrek Diaries: Ogre Skin

For those of you that have never watched Shrek the Musical or the movie Shrek, I am going to give away major detail: ogres are green.

Thus, since we are doing Shrek the Musical, and I was sure the cast members playing ogres in the production didn’t want to consider temporarily dying their skin green, it was decided we were going to need green skin paint.

There are actually two different brands of ogre skin paint we are using. One is from a professional company that specializes in stage make up and theatre prosthetics, then one is from the Halloween store and concocted in my kitchen.

Meet the stuff that turns our students into ogres, what I have been calling Ogre Skin.


I, of course, had to test it out so here is a picture of Brandi the Ogre!


To see some of your favorite actors on stage in a green hue thanks to Ogre Skin, be sure you don’t miss Shrek the Musical June 11-14th at Madison Middle Auditorium in Richmond, Kentucky.


Can’t wait to see you in the audience. Stay tuned for more #Shrekdiaries in the upcoming days!

Shrek Diaries Day 1

Good morning all!

This is Brandi here, excited to share some of the exciting things that are going on in our next production, Shrek the Musical!

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For those who do not know about the musical, it is an action packed, well written musical rendition of the movie we have all come to love. There are dancing knights, a singing dragon, misunderstood fairytale creatures,  tap-dancing rats, a tiny Lord Farquaad, and somewhere in all this fun, the struggle for two people–or should I say ogres–to find happiness in themselves and true love.

What I’m trying to get at here is that there are a lot of things going on in this production and boy has everyone been busy. So busy, in fact, that 11 days before the show, things are pulling together in a way that would make any theatre director sigh in relief like, “Aaaaah.” Thus, I wanted to share some of the amazing projects and work not only the directors and producers are coming up with, but what the cast and crew are doing as well!

Everyday the next 11 days before the show begins, I will post a little project, or in some cases a BIG project, that is being made to make this show truly magnificent. This series will be called Shrek Diaries, or #Shrekdiaries. Look forward to a new post every day to get a glimpse of what you will see on stage June 11-14!

 Day 1 of Shrek Diaries: The Dulocian Wigs

Dulocian (Doo·lock·ee·in): A citizen of Duloc.

At the get go, when deciding to produce Shrek the Musical a project that we could start without even casting a single person was the Dulocian wigs. Director Sarah and Spotlight employee, Katie P. has been working diligently to produce a bunch of doll-like wigs to suit their doll-like citizens.


Colorful and cute they have done a wonderful job! It is hard to believe these wigs were once just beanies and strings of yarn! Below is one of our Dolocians, Caraline, modeling her hairdo!


It’s hard not to like them. Even Julie, a board member of the Spotlight Performing Arts thinks they’re fun and cute.


To see these wigs in action mark a date on your calendar for either June 11-13 at 8:00 pm or June 14th at 2:00pm. You can even see them up close that week at our Swamp Dance Party after the performance that Friday or our Shrek Camp the morning of the Saturday performance.  For more information check out the links below or like us on Facebook! Then stay tuned for more of the #Shrekdiaries in the upcoming days!

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Jenna Sehmann

alumni spotlight.fwI was in the seventh grade when my childhood best friend (and current spotlight director) Sarah Bucknam

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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. Favorite roles include Demeter in “Cats”, Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, and Anna in “The King and I.”

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