Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.

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Fly away to Neverland with Peter, Tinkerbell, Wendy and all the Darling children in Disney’s adaptation of their timeless animated classic.

This 60 minute journey to Neverland is based on the Disney film and the original play by J.M. Barrie. Disney’s Peter Pan JR. is a modern spin on the tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up with new upbeat arrangements of “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”

Wendy loves to tell stories to her siblings, but when her father demands that she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit and sweeps them away to Neverland. This adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and the evil pirate, Captain Hook.

Full of adventure, music and a beloved characters, Disney’s Peter Pan JR. is a magical story any young performer will love to be a part of.

By Director Chad Hembree

Spotlight Acting School Performances:
2015 – Richmond (Madison Middle School)
April 24, 25, 26 (Blue Group) & May 1, 2, 3 (Purple Group)

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Peter Pan Jr. – 2015 – Cast List

Peter Pan

CAST LIST

BLUE GROUP           CHARACTER          PURPLE GROUP

BAILEY SMITH                         PETER PAN                    MICHAELA AGEE

The boy who would never grow up. He is a hotheaded, adventurous adolescent who is also very caring.

 

CARALINE PERKINS           TINKER BELL                   CELIA SHAFFER

Peter Pan’s fairy.

 

JAMIELEE SMITH                      IRIDESSA                        AVERY TUTTLE

The most cautious and sensible of the fairies.

 

KARA PETERS                           SILVERMIST                    BAILEY DAVIS

A sweet and supportive fairy.

 

LINDY FISCHER                         ROSETTA                CHARLEY HAMILTON

A fairy full of southern charm.

 

OLIVIA TUCK                                   FAWN                      BAILEY BULLOCK

A spunky and fun fairy.

 

MARIBETH WILSON                    VIDIA                          KAYA KELLEY

A fairy that can’t believe she has to put up with being in someone else’s story.

 

AUBREY CRABTREE                   WENDY                       MYA HUNT

The eldest Darling child, a gifted storyteller with a maternal sensibility. 

 

ANDERSON KURTTI                  MICHAEL                SETH BINGHAM

The youngest Darling child, baby brother to Wendy and John. He is sensitive and playful.

 

SPENCER ENZ                                     JOHN                     RYLAN STONE

The middle Darling child who acts quite mature for his age. He is a smart, analytic thinker who is a natural leader.

 

WILL HARTER                              MR. DARLING         GRANT SCHNEIDER

The Darling children’s father. He is a moody, pompous man who actually has an extremely caring heart underneath it all.

 

MALLORY HALE                       MRS. DARLING               JADE KELLEY

Wendy, John and Michael’s mother. She is wise and maternal, the calming opposite of Mr. Darling’s fussing.

 

BONNIE FITZSIMMONS   NANA/CROCODILE   KARLIE JOHNSON

The Darling children’s nursemaid and a dog. She cannot speak, but takes very good care of the Wendy, John and Michael. /  THE CROCODILE ate Captain Hook’s hand, and is now following him to eat the rest of him. 

 

JEANLUC GALLIEN             CAPTAIN HOOK          MASON HEMBREE

A dangerous villain who seeks revenge on Peter Pan for the loss of his hand. He is pompous, gaudy and without a conscience. 

 

DYLAN MAYNARD                         SMEE                           CALEB RADER

Captain Hook’s right-hand man, and the show’s comic relief.

 

JOHN – ESTEN HARRIS        JUKES/FLINT            MADDIE BREWER

One of Captain Hook’s roughhouse gang of Pirates. They are mean and gruff characters that do Captain Hook’s bidding.

 

DEACON STONE                          MURPHY                     NATALIE WITT

One of Captain Hook’s roughhouse gang of Pirates. They are mean and gruff characters that do Captain Hook’s bidding.

 

TAYLOR HEMBREE                  NOODLER               LAUREN JOHNSON

One of Captain Hook’s roughhouse gang of Pirates. They are mean and gruff characters that do Captain Hook’s bidding.

 

MADISON DAY                          SKYLIGHTS                   ABBY MOORE

One of Captain Hook’s roughhouse gang of Pirates. They are mean and gruff characters that do Captain Hook’s bidding.

 

ADDYSON FISCHER                 CUBBY               SAYLOUR BURCHFIELD

A Lost Boy. They are fellow orphans like Peter Pan, and together form his gang of faithful friends in Never Land.

 

ANNA HARRIS                              SKUNK                   GWEN SCHNEIDER

A Lost Boy. They are fellow orphans like Peter Pan, and together form his gang of faithful friends in Never Land.

 

MILLA BINDER                            HOP                          KYLIE HAMMONDS

A Lost Boy. They are fellow orphans like Peter Pan, and together form his gang of faithful friends in Never Land.

 

COLBIE SHERRILL                     FOX                            ABIGAIL BROWN

A Lost Boy. They are fellow orphans like Peter Pan, and together form his gang of faithful friends in Never Land.

 

ROSE SNELL                             RACCOON 1              LYDIA AMBURGEY

A Lost Boy. They are fellow orphans like Peter Pan, and together form his gang of faithful friends in Never Land.

 

WILL SNELL                             RACCOON 2                 JUNE SCHNEIDER

A Lost Boy. They are fellow orphans like Peter Pan, and together form his gang of faithful friends in Never Land.

 

ALLIE MORRIS          CHIEF TIGER BAMBOO          CADENCE GOSS

The leader of the native Indian population on Never Land.

 

EMMY CUMMINGS            TIGER LILY                   SOPHIA WHITMORE

The Indian Chief’s daughter. She is a strong and proud young woman.

 

JACKSON MEADE                BRAVE PINE                       EMILY LONG

One of the native inhabitants in Never Land.

 

EILEEN VARAKIN                BRAVE OAK                       BAILEE SPARKS

One of the native inhabitants in Never Land.

 

CLARE WOOD                   BRAVE SHRUB                   BRYLEE BARRETT

One of the native inhabitants in Never Land.

 

NAOMI TRIPLETT                AQUATA                           AUBREY BARROW

A Mermaid. They very friendly to Peter, but resentful of Wendy when she arrives in Never Land.

 

SADIE OSBORNE               ANDRINA                             ELLY TRAYLOR

A Mermaid. They very friendly to Peter, but resentful of Wendy when she arrives in Never Land.

 

      ARISTA                                 ABBY TRAYLOR

A Mermaid. They very friendly to Peter, but resentful of Wendy when she arrives in Never Land.

 

*SOME OF THE FAIRIES WILL DOUBLE AS ADDITIONAL MERMAIDS

FAIRIES: TINKER BELL, IRIDESSA, SILVERMIST, ROSETTA, FAWN, VIDIA

MERMAIDS: AQUATA, ANDRINA, ARISTA

PIRATES: CAPTAIN HOOK, SMEE, JUKES/FLINT, MURPHY, NOODLER, SKYLIGHTS

LOST BOYS: PETER PAN, CUBBY, SKUNK, HOP, FOX, RACCOON 1, RACCOON 2

INDIANS: CHIEF TIGER BAMBOO, TIGER LILY, BRAVE PINE, BRAVE OAK, BRAVE SHRUB

DARLING FAMILY: MR. DARLING, MRS. DARLING, WENDY, MICHAEL, JOHN, NANA

Shelby Garner

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Shelby Garner
Shelby Garner

I started at Spotlight Acting School when I was 10yrs old. Spotlight inspired me to do shows with Madison Southern’s theater program once reaching high school. Spotlight made me who I am today; without it and the help of the wonderful Mrs. Kathie J.R Bettler, I would not have gone on and become the woman I am today. Today I am a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in elementary education hoping to graduate in 2017.
I advise any child interested in preforming to become a part of this amazing school. As a great director once told us, “Do something creative everyday.”

Shelby Garner

If you are interested in being next months spotlighted alumni please contact Sarah Bucknam
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Lauren Dolen

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My name is Lauren Dolen and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share my stories and beautiful memories about the talented friends and forever family I have made through being apart of Spotlight Acting School. It has been a true blessing to share that part of my life with each and everyone one of you. I love you all and I hope you live Mrs. Bettler’s dream to “do something creative everyday!”

Lauren Dolen
Lauren Dolen

Aside from my acting, I have always been a bit of a perfectionist. A lot of my perfectionistic characteristics were associated with school. I remember at a young age being afraid of not being able to open my milk cartons at lunch or not being able to learn to tie my shoes. Over time, this anxiety manifested itself into fears of not making perfect grades or not being seen as a good student by my teachers. When I was 8 years old, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This was a very difficult time in my life and I did not understand why this was happening to me. I remember having Continue reading Lauren Dolen

Spotlight to add Frozen to its Christmas Showcase lineup

Disney's Frozen
Disney’s Frozen

Spotlight Acting School is proud to announce that scenes and songs from Disney’s smash hit film, FROZEN, will be added to its growing Christmas Showcase 2014. FROZEN will join the already extensive list from hit films like THE POLAR EXPRESS, and ELF to the timeless classics like WHITE CHRISTMAS, and ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE to cult favorites like THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS, and NATIONAL LAMPOON’S: CHRSTMAS VACATION.  Spotlight is are working to include as many of the greatest, funniest, and most spectacular Christmas scenes ever created.

Auditions will be held October 4 at 2:00 PM in the Madison Middle School Auditorium, 100 Summit St. –  Richmond, KY. For more information call 859/986-0423 or visit spotlightactingschool.com.

Spoonbread and Spotlight

The Spoonbread Festival
The Spoonbread Festival

This weekend come to Berea and experience one of the best festivals in the state. Spotlight Acting School is excited to be part of the 18th annual Spoonbread Festival and we are rolling out the red carpet to prove it. Stop by our booth this weekend and be treated like a celebrity as you walk our red carpet while our paparazzi are more than eager to take your picture. We will also have accessories to make your pictures fabulous and memorable. While there, learn about all the exciting programs coming up this next season and see how you can be more involved in Spotlight Acting School.

The Spotlight Sound Machine
The Spotlight Sound Machine

Another exciting thing happening this weekend is the premier of The Spotlight Sound Machine. This musical group, formed by the staff of Spotlight Acting School, will be performing some of today’s latest hits with their own spin and style on Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 PM. The goal of this group is to eventually open auditions to the community and students to join once we are nicely situated in our new Berea campus. This musical group will add to the offerings of the Spotlight Acting School as another avenue to teach performing, stage presence and musicianship. The group will also perform regularly to promote Spotlight Acting School and The Spotlight Foundation.

Please come out and say hello to us this weekend and enjoy the festival. If you get lost in the crowd or cannot find our booth, go to the main entertainment tent and look for Mr. Chad. Spotlight director Chad Hembree is honored to be a Master of Ceremonies for the festival again this year and will be more than happy to see you and point you in the right direction.

Visit the Spoonbread page for more information about the festival.

Introducing the Spotlight Sound Machine

The Spotlight Sound Machine
The Spotlight Sound Machine

The goal of this group is to eventually open auditions to the community and students to join once we are nicely situated in our new Berea campus.

This musical group will add to the offerings of the Spotlight Acting School as another avenue to teach performing, stage presence and musicianship. The group will also perform regularly to promote Spotlight Acting School and The Spotlight Foundation.

Currently this musical group is formed from staff members of the Spotlight Acting School and will be performing some of today’s latest hits with their own spin and style on Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 PM at the 18th annual Spoonbread Festival.

Don’t miss this debut performance and support the premiere of this musical group.

Christmas Showcase 2014 Announced

Christmas Showcase 2014 Auditions October 4th
Christmas Showcase 2014 Auditions October 4th

The Spotlight Acting School and the Spotlight Players will be producing a Christmas Showcase for the 2014 season.  Last Christmas the school produced Barbara Robinson’s wildly popular story, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER.  The show was a great success for the school and seeded the idea to continue having an annual Christmastime production.  While digging through mountains of scripts the two ideas that kept resurfacing were making THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER a standing tradition (Yes, we liked it that much) or trying a musical.  The musical that came to mind was Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS.  With only 9 weeks to rehearse the show a musical seemed quite the undertaking and despite our love for PAGENT we still were not sold on the idea.  It was at this point, late one evening we jokingly said let’s do both.  After laughing too long, partly from the idea and partly from being slap happy that late, we decided why not parts of both.  Working even later into the evening we began to expand on the idea to add more scenes from other Christmas shows we like, then voila, the Christmas Showcase was born.

This show is sure to be a hit with all ages.  The show, scheduled December 12, 13 and 14, will include; comedy, music, dancing, drama and some spectacular large Broadway style moments.  Spotlight is encouraging participation from all age groups as way to allow families to perform together.  As the great song, THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS, says, “Nowhere can you get that happy feeling, than when you’re stealing that extra bow.”  Imagine stealing that bow with your child or grandchild. Not only is it a great bonding experience, but it creates memories and stories to share for a lifetime.

From the hit films THE POLAR EXPRESS, and ELF to the timeless classics like WHITE CHRISTMAS, and ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE to cult favorites like THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS, and NATIONAL LAMPOON’S: CHRSTMAS VACATION, we are working to include as many of the greatest, funniest, and most spectacular Christmas scenes ever created.  Now, all we need are excited and talented families, and individuals that want to share in this experience.  We are advertising that we need participants four and up.  That is true for individual’s auditioning for participation, but should your family include a two or three year old that wants to stand and sing Christmas songs with the rest of family, we are not going to turn them away.

The auditions are on October the 4th at 2:00pm at the Madison Middle School Auditorium.  Rehearsals will be 9 weeks of mostly Saturdays, starting first in the afternoons then migrating to mornings after our current shows run in November.  There will be three categories to audition for.  Participants may choose to audition for any or all of these. We understand the fall holiday season can be a busy time, so we expect families to miss some rehearsals and will plan rehearsal accordingly.  All we ask for is some advanced notice.

CATAGORIES FOR AUDITION:
(Audition for as many categories as you want)

Music:  One prepared solo.  Can be as simple as Jingle Bells.  No accompaniment or tracks are required. Our pianist will be on site to play along if requested.   We have music for all the standard Christmas carols.

Dance:  A short routine will be taught in a group for all participants wishing to audition for dance numbers.  The group will then perform the routine. Both the instruction time and the performance will be considered for the audition. Please wear suitable clothing and shoes for moving.

Acting:  Participants will cold read from provided scripts.  No monologues are required. Participants that cannot read or do not read well, will be assisted by our staff.

The tuition for this show is only $5.50 per week for individuals and $9.00 a week for the entire family.   As per our usual policy tuition may be paid weekly, monthly or all at once, so long as it is paid in full before the performance.  The registration fee for this show is $25.00, due at audition, and covers an entire family as well.  Limited financial aid is available for qualifying families per the schools regular policy, call 859/986-0423 to request aid.  No reservation is required for auditioning, but we do appreciate you showing your interest in participating by calling, sending us an email or dropping us a Facebook post or even a Tweet.  We love technology.  Maybe you even have an idea for a scene you would like to see included in the show that you want to be part of.

Visit our website at spotlightactinschool.com/auditions for more information and checkout the online calendar for the scheduled rehearsals and performances.  Please call 859/986-0423 for answers to any questions concerning auditions, schedules or the show.

Chad Hembree
Director

Jenna Sehmann

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

Jenna Sehmann
Jenna Sehmann

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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Spotlight to open new theater in partnership with Churchill Co.

The Spotlight PlayhouseSpotlight 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.

 lobbyThe 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.

 dinner.fwThe 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.