Tuned in for Murder Dinner Show Auditions (July 30 – 7pm & Aug 3 5pm)

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Students under the age of 18 must get special permission from the director to audition.

Completely revamped for this season, Tuned in for Murder is a fan favorite 1980’s Themed Murder Mystery Dinner Show. Written by local playwright and director Chad Hembree, this zany mystery delights audiences with a host of crazy characters. You’re invited to the 50th Anniversary of WJRK, and the owner has big news to share-if he can live that long. 

Actors will be expected to
1. Read a scene
2. Perform an improv scene
3. Answer questions

12 AUG 2019, MON 8 – 9pm 
14 AUG 2019, WED 8 – 9pm 
19 AUG 2019, MON 8 – 9pm 
21 AUG 2019, WED 8 – 9pm 
26 AUG 2019, MON 8 – 9pm 
28 AUG 2019, WED 8 – 9pm 
2 SEP 2019, MON 8 – 9pm 
4 SEP 2019, WED 8 – 9pm 
9 SEP 2019, MON 8 – 9pm 
11 SEP 2019, WED 8 – 9pm 
16 SEP 2019, MON 7:30 – 8:30pm 
18 SEP 2019, WED 7:30 – 8:30pm 
23 SEP 2019, MON 7:30 – 8:30pm 
25 SEP 2019, WED 7:30 – 8:30pm 
29 SEP 2019, SUN 7 – 9pm 
30 SEP 2019, MON 7 – 9pm 
1 OCT 2019, TUE 7 – 9pm 
2 OCT 2019, WED 7 – 9pm 
3 OCT 2019, THU 7 – 9pm 

4 OCT 2019, FRI 8 – 10:30pm 
5 OCT 2019, SAT 8 – 10:30pm 
11 OCT 2019, FRI 8 – 10:30pm 
12 OCT 2019, SAT 8 – 10:30pm

The Rainbow Fish Musical (Aug 2 – 11)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School.

Performed by students age 4-9.

Everybody loves the international bestseller and award-winning book, The Rainbow Fish, with its wonderful message of friendship and belonging. Now the magical, colorful world of the deep blue sea comes to life on stage! This large-cast musical features a variety of charming school and sea-creature characters who admire the famous Rainbow Fish, the most beautiful fish in all the ocean. With a bubbly, energetic score and a script that invites wonderful creativity and flexibility, the universal message at the heart of this one-of-a-kind musical becomes much more than just a simple children’s story.

Fairy Tale Misfits Ages 9-14 Auditions (Aug 3 – 12:00pm)

All students age 9-14 will be cast. (An age waiver may be requested for younger students and will be approved on a case by case basis.) 

When a mysterious talking groundhog steals young Ellie’s homework, she takes off down a hole after it and finds herself in a place where nothing is as it seems — the Land of Rejected Fairy Tale Characters. Here, Ellie meets a crazy assortment of misfits who were cut from the fairy tales we all know and love. There’s her shadow-fearing sidekick, Groundhog; Mac, the eighth and world’s largest dwarf; Jacqueline, the great Giant Slayer armed with a magic polka-playing accordion; and more — Indecisive Goldilocks, Sleepless Beauty, Little Red Robin Hood, Fairy Godfather, and even Big Bad Platypus. Groundhog and the rest of the misfits make a deal to help Ellie find her way back home if, in return, she writes them into stories that can be shared with others. But Queen White-Out and her eraser minions, Pink Pearl and Big Mistake, have other plans. Will the misfits be erased forever, or will they find their own happily ever after?

Participants should expect to:
1. Read from the script. 
2. Act out an improv scene
3. Optional monologues will be accepted at the end of the group auditions.

Twas the Week After Christmas Auditions Ages 4-9 (Aug 10 – 12:00pm)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School.

Performed by Students age 4-9

A hilarious and heartwarming story about what happens when the North Pole loses the Christmas Spirit. It’s been years since the Elves and Reindeer have gotten along. The Reindeer egos are high and Elves’ productivity is low. Will a week of vacation help remind the Elves and Reindeer what Christmas is all about?

No audition is required for guaranteed participation.

Leading roles will be assigned to students with good auditions.

To audition the student will be asked to…

1. Sing part of a song (Happy Birthday, Twinkle Twinkle, and Jesus Loves Me, are fine choices)
2. Show facial expressions (Happy, Sad, Angry, etc.)
3. Move or dance as instructed
4. Possibly read from the script. (Non-readers will be given assistance.)

Little Shop of Horrors (Aug 16 – 24)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by advanced students Age 14-18

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.


Presented by the Spotlight Players

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score of Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical, perfect for introducing theatre to youngsters while keeping adults entertained, as well.

Dracula Auditions (Aug 20 – 7pm & 24 – 5pm)

Presented by The Bluegrass Players

Students under the age of 18 must get special permission from the director to audition.

Back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row, this retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic story brings a whole new twist to Dracula. Set in the Appalachian foothills not far from the Spotlight Playhouse, Dracula escaped London and has fled to the new world for a fresh start away from those who pursue him. This fast-paced high-intensity thriller is an audience favorite and has become a regular each season. Written and directed by Chad Hembree, Dracula: The New World stirs all the senses with an original soundtrack and loads of special effects in an engaging atmosphere.

Actors will be expected to:
1. Read a scene
2. Move about the stage in various styles
3. Showcase any unique and relevant other talents.

3 SEP 2019, TUE 8 – 9pm 
5 SEP 2019, THU 8 – 9pm 
10 SEP 2019, TUE 8 – 9pm 
12 SEP 2019, THU 8 – 9pm 
17 SEP 2019, TUE 7:30 – 8:30pm 
19 SEP 2019, THU 7:30 – 8:30pm 
24 SEP 2019, TUE 7:30 – 8:30pm 
26 SEP 2019, THU 7:30 – 8:30pm 
8 OCT 2019, TUE 7 – 8pm 
10 OCT 2019, THU 7 – 8pm 
15 OCT 2019, TUE 7:30 – 8:30pm 
17 OCT 2019, THU 7:30 – 8:30pm 
20 OCT 2019, SUN 7:30 – 10pm 
21 OCT 2019, MON 7:30 – 10pm 
22 OCT 2019, TUE 7:30 – 10pm 
23 OCT 2019, WED 7:30 – 10pm 
24 OCT 2019, THU 7:30 – 10pm 
27 OCT 2019, SUN 7:30 – 10pm 

28 OCT 2019, MON 8 – 10:30pm 
29 OCT 2019, TUE 8 – 10:30pm 
30 OCT 2019, WED 8 – 10:30pm 
1 NOV 2019, FRI 8 – 10:30pm 
2 NOV 2019, SAT 8 – 10:30pm

The Drowsy Chaperone (Sept 6 – 14)

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone features one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Sept 20 – 29)

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 9-14

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Finally: A Broadway Revue (SEPT 20-28)

Presented by the Spotlight Players

Finally, many of our Spotlight Players are getting to perform songs from their most beloved musicals. That is the premise for this fun-filled evening of musical storytelling, as our very own Spotlight Players present songs they have always wanted to perform on stage but never had the chance to sing before. Created and directed by veteran Spotlight Player and Morehead State University Theater Graduate Kyrsten Daugherty, this show will kick off the Spotlight 2019/2020 season with a new experience for the audience and performers alike.