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.”
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.