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.

KaSandra Barnes DMD

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KaSandra Barnes DMD
KaSandra Barnes DMD

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

Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids (musical)

The Jungle Book Kids
The Jungle Book Kids

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)