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Shrek Diaries Day 7

Good morning all! This evening will make our third day into tech week and our second day of dress rehearsals. I am thrilled on how things are coming along! The cast is working so hard, the band sounds great, and technical details are finally wrapping up!

I’m proud of how diligently everyone has been working. This group has truly been a dream cast. Each person has dedicated themselves to putting time and effort in not only the big stuff, but the small details as well.

I could talk all day about the small things the whole cast has pulled together, but today’s feature will be on how Matt Manning prepares for each show. Matt is a college student from Eastern Kentucky University, who is premiering in his first Spotlight show playing Lord Farquaad.

Day 7 of Shrek Diaries: Farquaad’s Makeup

Lord Farquaad is a comical yet conceited character. Despite his face makeup, you shouldn’t consider him high brow.

Before every tech/dress rehearsal this is how Matt has been getting ready to become Farquaad:

First, he covers his eyebrows in glue and matte acrylic paint.


Then he puts foundation over the paint.


Then  comes his eyebrows.
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Photo taken by Sarah Bucknam with Pretty Pixels Photography. Check her work out here!

To see Matt as Lord Farquaad in action, don’t miss Shrek the Musical this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! For more information you can click here! You can also let us know you’re coming by RSVPing (not mandatory) on Facebook here!

For more #Shrekdiaries you can check out Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6. Stay tuned for more entries until the show premieres!



Shrek Diaries Day 6

Good evening everyone!

I can’t believe it’s show week! Only four more days until opening night! Yesterday was an extremely productive day. The band moved in, four trailer loads of sets and equipment brought in the theatre, the cast worked with the set pieces for the first time, and tech cues were assigned. It was a blast!

Although rehearsal was phenomenal, my personal favorite part was moving a particular set piece to the theatre: good ole Bessie.

Day 6 of Shrek Diaries: Dragon

Meet the lady we have all decided to call Bessie, our fire-breathing dragon. She can also hit some wicked notes.

Watching this transformation has been incredible! Can you believe she was once only chicken wire and last week’s newspapers?


The dragon was created by Spotlight friend, Scott R.O. Smith. He and his fiancé, Critley King, AJ, and Sarah, have spent many nights working on Bessie to get her to perfection!


Can you imagine driving next to Bessie on the highway? Let’s just say we got a lot of weird looks yesterday.



Just wait until you see her at full form! Dragon/Bessie is one of the many reasons why you should come see Shrek the Musical this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00, or at 2:00 on Sunday. You will also see Critley in the production as the Witch, as well as AJ shredding some guitar, and Sarah and myself puppeteering Bessie.


Also don’t forget our Swamp Dance Party Friday night after the production, or our Shrek Camp, which shows a behind the scenes look of the show.

Stay tuned for more #Shrekdiaries until the production begins!


Shrek Diaries Day 5

Good afternoon!

With only six more days until opening night for our production of Shrek the Musical, we decided we should share the creative projects and hard work our cast, crew, and parents have been coming up with!

Yesterday I shared an exciting preview of our three little pigs’ costumes. Today I’ll give a little sneak peak of one of Fiona’s costumes.

Day 5 of Shrek Diaries: The Wedding Dress

Now since this is a wedding dress, I can’t share the whole outfit. After all, it is bad luck, right?


I can reveal that it is big and poofy! And white. And at a price real brides would swoon for.


Made from white tulle and elastic, the skirt part of the dress had to make for a quick costume change. Thus I can say no more without spoiling too much of the production!


You don’t need to RSVP for this wedding though, cuz it’s taking place in Shrek the Musical! Come see the whole outfit along with a production you cannot miss June 11-14 at Madison Middle auditorium. For more info click here!

For more of our #Shrekdiaries check out Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 and stay tuned in the upcoming days before the production!


Shrek Diaries Day 4

Good morning all! This Brandi.

In anticipation of Shrek the Musical, which premieres in just ONE WEEK (hold on I think I might have just had a minor heart attack), we decided we should share the projects and hard work our cast, crew, and parents are contributing to the show.

Day 4 of Shrek Diaries: Pigs in Pink

Today’s post will be about the fairytale creatures we all know and love as the three little pigs. Except in this production this trio is a little spunkier than the traditional tale.

Unlike in the story you may know, these condo-owning, accented pigs don’t let anyone push them around! Plus, they’re stylish to boot.

The costumes are an assembled hodgepodge of pink! Look at their ears, that one of the pigs herself made:

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These look awesome Katie U.! Here is some more stuff that was collected and you can expect to see the pigs modeling.

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This stylish trio is one of the many reasons you don’t want to miss out on this production! Be sure you mark your calendars for June 11-14 to come see Shrek the Musical at Madison Middle auditorium, here in Richmond, KY.

For more #Shrekdiaries check out Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. Then stay tuned for more in the upcoming week before the production!




Shrek Diaries Day 3

Good morning all! This is Brandi writing here.

For anyone that was not aware, Spotlight Acting School’s Shrek the Musical premieres in just 9 more days! With so little time and so much being done behind the scenes in order to bring the audience a truly spectacular show, it’s hard not to share some of the work from our students, crew, and parents!

Day 1 I shared Dulocian wigs

Day 2 was ogre skin

Day 3 is something you may find cute, yet disgusting. And this time I’m not talking about ogres.

Day 3 of Shrek Diaries: Dancing Rats

That’s right, rhythmic rodents. And I’m not talking about the singing, dancing three blind mice that are in the show either.


Even if you don’t like rats, how can you not find these tiny cast members adorable? Director Sarah has creatively taken stuffed bears to make them into light weight rats!




Why must they be light weight? Well that is because these rats will be dancing on top of Sarah’s feet, along with choreographer Kelly’s, cast member Sienna’s, and my own feet as well! Thus I will say no more, not to spoil too much of the show, but dancing rats is one of the many reasons for you not to miss this production June 11-14! For more information on the performances click here! Until then stay tuned for more previews with #Shrekdiaries.

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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