End Days (Jan 25-Feb 2)

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Winner! 2008 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Citation

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.

“The universality of the denouement brings this comedy full circle, leaving us to admire the relevancy of Laufer’s humor and wisdom of her message. – Variety

Jan 25-27 & Feb 1-2
Fri-Sat 7:00pm
Sun 2:00pm

Shrek Jr. (Feb. 8-10)

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.


February 8 – 10 (Blue Cast)
Fri-Sat 7:00pm
Sun 2:00pm

February 15-17 (Purple Cast)
Fri-Sat 7:00pm
Sun 2:00pm

Space Pirates! (Feb. 21-24)

Pirates! Aliens! Space Travel! Space Pirates tells the story of Gabby, a kid who gets picked on during a school trip to the museum. Everything quickly changes when an alien space ship accidentally beams Gabby and her classmates up to outer space. Things go from bad to worse when the alien space ship is suddenly attacked by SPACE PIRATES! It’s only after this whirlwind space adventure that Gabby becomes comfortable in her own skin, and her classmates appreciate her for who she is.

February 21, 23, 24 (Blue Cast)
Thu 7:00pm, Sat 7:00pm, Sun 2:00pm

February 22, 23, 24 (Purple Cast)
Fri 7:00pm, Sat 4:00pm, Sun 4:00

High School Musical (Feb:28-Mar:3)

We’re all in this together in Disney Channel’s smash hit musical featuring the students of East High.

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical that is being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Feb:28 – 7:00pm (Blue Cast)
Mar:1 – 7:00pm (Purple Cast)
Mar:2 – 3:00pm (Purple Cast)
Mar:2 – 7:00pm (Blue Cast)
Mar:3 – 2:00pm (Purple Cast)
Mar: 3 – 6:00pm (Blue Cast)


The Spotlight Festival of Short Plays 2019


Short plays and musicals that are no more than 15 pages in length with an average runtime of less than 30 minutes.

Writers may submit only 1 play, this includes plays they have co-authored.

Each nominee must submit a separate application form.

Plays must be typed using the attached format guide.

Plays presented in previous Spotlight Festivals are not eligible for re-submission.

Poetry and short story readings will not be accepted.

The Spotlight Acting School, Inc. Festival Committee, in its sole and absolute discretion, shall select plays for participation in the 2019 Spotlight Festival from among all entries, and its decisions are final. Spotlight Acting School, Inc. reserves the right to remove any selected play from participation if the play, its producers, and/or its authors are not in compliance with the Application and/or the Competition Guidelines, and/or if the additional documents are not signed and returned by the required date. Production of selected plays shall be at the sole cost and expense of the Producer, and no royalties or other payments are or will be owed by Spotlight Acting School, Inc. or its partner acting troupes or organizations.


The theatre space will include a basic lighting plot with limited pre-set general light cues. Basic sound equipment will be provided.

A limited number of basic set pieces will be available at the theatre.

Additional props, set pieces, etc. may be brought by the producing companies; however, we strongly advise that productions be kept as simple as possible.

Spotlight Acting School, Inc. will further provide all front and back-of-house personnel, and a board operator if needed.


All submissions must be submitted by the Author[s] of the Play.

The author is responsible for co-producing the play in the event that the work is selected as a Festival participant. As a producer, the author agrees to perform his or her obligations under this application, all without the knowledge, consent or approval of any third party and without infringing the rights or damaging any third party. The responsibilities of the Producer include, but are not limited to, assisting in casting (our 2019 festival is a non-equity festival); working with the appointed director or self-directing the work, assisting technical personnel; attending rehearsals; and assisting with costumes.

Script submissions will be accepted in digital format only. Each submission should be submitted as a single PDF or Microsoft Word Compatible (.doc, .docx) document. Documents must be labeled as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name.pdf (or .doc/.docx). Email the completed document as an attachment to festival@spotlightactingschool.com .

All portions of the application must be complete.

Submission Form 2019

Spotlight Acting School, Inc.  will announce the plays chosen for presentation on January 26th, 2019 followed by posting the results on spotlightactingschool.com.

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying Auditions (Ages 11-18) Dec. 1

A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.

An irreverent and tuneful romp, jam-packed with sly, swift and sharp jabs to the funny bone, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying is a surefire hit!

Ages: 11-18

Auditions Dec 1, 10:30am

Saturdays Only
10:30am – 12:00pm

April 12-14

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read and act out a scene.

Once Upon a Merry Murder – Dinner Show Auditions Age 18+

Join us as our madcap characters try to make sense of a seemingly random murder before they are next. Highly interactive and over the top comedy.

(Current Spotlight Acting School Students may request an age waiver)

December 21 & 22 6:30pm-9:00pm

Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:30 – 6pm
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8 – 9:30pm
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:30 – 6:30pm
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8 – 10pm
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:30 – 6:30pm
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8 – 10pm
Sun Dec 2, 2018 2 – 4pm
Sun Dec 9, 2018 4:30 – 6:30pm
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6 – 8pm

Dress Week
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6 – 8pm
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6 – 8pm
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6 – 8pm
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6 – 8pm
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6 – 8pm

Cast of High School Musical 2019

BLUE CAST 12:30-2:00 PURPLE CAST 1:30-3:00
Micah Lee Troy Micah Lee
Phoenix Bills Chad Phoenix Bills
Tristan Winstead Ryan Tristan Winstead
Dylan Maynard Zeke Dylan Maynard
Silas Cornette Jack Silas Cornette
Brady Sexton Jason Brady Sexton
Ty Cain Mongo Ty Cain
Mary Harter Gabriella Aden Amburgey
Delani Reynolds Sharpay Mya Hunt
Jazzlyn Threlkeld Taylor Tessa Pickle
Cassidy Jones Ms. Darbus Laura Case
Bonnie Fitzsimmons Martha Celia Shaffer
Trinity Carl Ripper Sarah Padgett
Kylie Hammonds Kelsi Linda Coffey
Kayleigh Abrams Jamie Bailey Bullock
Kenna Hale Susan Bethany Johnson
Jasmine Sexton Kathy Lydia Amburgey
Callie Barnett Allie Mia Endsley
Charley Hamilton Cyndra Sophia DeShong
Bailey Davis Kratnoff Elizabeth Burdine
Emily Fothergill Brainiac Hadley O’Bryan
Kelsey Abrams Cheerleader Haley Ashley
Bailey Smith Cheerleader Miley Witt

All girls (including leads) are also asked to be in both casts as additional Braniac’s, Drama Kids, and Cheerleaders.  All the dances will be fun and everyone will have loads of stage time.