Let me begin by saying that I am honored to have been asked to be the first featured “spotlight” for the acting school. It is most certainly true that the children’s Spotlight Acting School will always have a special place in my heart. When I graduated from Madison Southern High School in 2006, I was honored and excited to have been asked by Mrs. Kathie J. R. Bettler to join in her vision for a children’s acting school–one that had a sole purpose of giving the children of our community the chance to perform. From the very beginning, it was never about fancy sets, beautiful costumes, cool lighting, or even bringing in revenue. It was about the kids. Period. That is why Kathie’s legacy still lives on to this day and continues to help children foster their own senses of self during crucial developmental years. It was not uncommon for kids to come to us shy and unsure of themselves only to become the bright, shining stars taking center stage in our shows. It was truly amazing and rewarding to bear witness to such transformations over and over again. Continue reading KaSandra Barnes DMD
Just imagine it’s 1922. A time when across the seas one in four people in the world are under the rule of the British Empire, Pope Pius succeeds Pope Benedict as the 259th Pope, Dracula appears on film for the first time in a German film called Nosferatu and the Soviet Union is born.
Kipling wrote the jungle book back in 1894 and over time there have been countless renditions of this timeless story. After being disappointed by the public’s reaction to the sword in the Stone, Walt Disney decided to be more involved with the production of his next film. Walt chose Kipling’s the jungle book as the basis for his 19th animated feature and eventually settled on veteran screenwriter Larry Clemens to produce the story. Upon giving Clemens a copy of Kipling’s book, Walt Disney said “the first thing I want you to do, is not to read it”. You see, Walt thought that Kipling’s story was too dark for children but he loved the characters and the main plot line. Continue reading Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids (musical)