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We Are Monsters Auditions Ages 4-9

We Are Monsters is a hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters. The adventurous humans uncover vegetarian vampires and rock n’ roll werewolves, gradually realizing there may be more to these monsters than meets the eye! Most importantly these monsters and kids discover the importance of friendship and celebrating in the attributes that make each of us different and unique.

Open to all Spotlight Acting School Students Ages: 4-9

Auditions Aug 19th, 3:00pm

Campus: Richmond Mall

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read,  sing a solo and learn a dance routine.


Enrollment Information  – click here.

Disney’s Cinderella Kids

4047cinderellaPresented by the Spotlight Acting School.

Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends – and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother – Cinderella’s dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince and falls in love!

The Spotlight Playhouse
Thu, Sep 28 2017, 7:00PM
Fri, Sep 29 2017, 7:00PM
Sat, Sep 30 2017, 7:00PM
Sun, Oct 1 2017, 2:00PM
Thu, Oct 5 2017, 7:00PM
Fri, Oct 6 2017, 7:00PM
Sat, Oct 7 2017, 7:00PM
Sun, Oct 8 2017, 2:00PM


We Are Monsters (Kids)

✩ WINNER! 2013 Children’s Musical Theatre Festival, NYC ✩

Presented by The Spotlight Acting School

We Are Monsters is a hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters. The adventurous humans uncover vegetarian vampires and rock n’ roll werewolves, gradually realizing there may be more to these monsters than meets the eye! Most importantly these monsters and kids discover the importance of friendship and celebrating in the attributes that make each of us different and unique.

The Spotlight Theatre at Richmond Mall
Thu, Oct 19 2017, 7:00PM
Fri, Oct 20 2017, 7:00PM
Sat, Oct 21 2017, 2:00PM
Sat Oct 21 2017, 7:00PM
Sun, Oct 22 2017, 2:00PM
Sun, Oct 22 2017, 7:00PM


Snow White Auditions Ages 8-15

Auditions: May 20th, 3:00pm

Snow White Registration
Students Age
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Campus: Berea

Ages: 8 – 15

Performances: July 7-9

Rehearsals: Beginning May 27th  – See calendar here

Tuition may be paid weekly, monthly or in full.  Cast shirt is included.  Financial aid and discounts are available. Call 859-986-0423 for assistance.  No child will be turned away, regardless of ability to pay.

– Registration fee $25.00 (not eligible for financial aid)
– Costume rental $30.00 (financial aid may be applied)
– Tuition $195.00 ($12 per session. Financial aid may be applied)

Audition Details: Participants will be expected to cold read, sing a solo and learn a dance routine.

Shrek Diaries Day 7

Good morning all! This evening will make our third day into tech week and our second day of dress rehearsals. I am thrilled on how things are coming along! The cast is working so hard, the band sounds great, and technical details are finally wrapping up!

I’m proud of how diligently everyone has been working. This group has truly been a dream cast. Each person has dedicated themselves to putting time and effort in not only the big stuff, but the small details as well.

I could talk all day about the small things the whole cast has pulled together, but today’s feature will be on how Matt Manning prepares for each show. Matt is a college student from Eastern Kentucky University, who is premiering in his first Spotlight show playing Lord Farquaad.

Day 7 of Shrek Diaries: Farquaad’s Makeup

Lord Farquaad is a comical yet conceited character. Despite his face makeup, you shouldn’t consider him high brow.

Before every tech/dress rehearsal this is how Matt has been getting ready to become Farquaad:

First, he covers his eyebrows in glue and matte acrylic paint.


Then he puts foundation over the paint.


Then  comes his eyebrows.
IMG_0181Afterwards he dawns on his whole costume get up!


Photo taken by Sarah Bucknam with Pretty Pixels Photography. Check her work out here!

To see Matt as Lord Farquaad in action, don’t miss Shrek the Musical this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! For more information you can click here! You can also let us know you’re coming by RSVPing (not mandatory) on Facebook here!

For more #Shrekdiaries you can check out Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6. Stay tuned for more entries until the show premieres!



Shrek Diaries Day 4

Good morning all! This Brandi.

In anticipation of Shrek the Musical, which premieres in just ONE WEEK (hold on I think I might have just had a minor heart attack), we decided we should share the projects and hard work our cast, crew, and parents are contributing to the show.

Day 4 of Shrek Diaries: Pigs in Pink

Today’s post will be about the fairytale creatures we all know and love as the three little pigs. Except in this production this trio is a little spunkier than the traditional tale.

Unlike in the story you may know, these condo-owning, accented pigs don’t let anyone push them around! Plus, they’re stylish to boot.

The costumes are an assembled hodgepodge of pink! Look at their ears, that one of the pigs herself made:

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These look awesome Katie U.! Here is some more stuff that was collected and you can expect to see the pigs modeling.

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This stylish trio is one of the many reasons you don’t want to miss out on this production! Be sure you mark your calendars for June 11-14 to come see Shrek the Musical at Madison Middle auditorium, here in Richmond, KY.

For more #Shrekdiaries check out Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. Then stay tuned for more in the upcoming week before the production!




Shrek Diaries Day 3

Good morning all! This is Brandi writing here.

For anyone that was not aware, Spotlight Acting School’s Shrek the Musical premieres in just 9 more days! With so little time and so much being done behind the scenes in order to bring the audience a truly spectacular show, it’s hard not to share some of the work from our students, crew, and parents!

Day 1 I shared Dulocian wigs

Day 2 was ogre skin

Day 3 is something you may find cute, yet disgusting. And this time I’m not talking about ogres.

Day 3 of Shrek Diaries: Dancing Rats

That’s right, rhythmic rodents. And I’m not talking about the singing, dancing three blind mice that are in the show either.


Even if you don’t like rats, how can you not find these tiny cast members adorable? Director Sarah has creatively taken stuffed bears to make them into light weight rats!




Why must they be light weight? Well that is because these rats will be dancing on top of Sarah’s feet, along with choreographer Kelly’s, cast member Sienna’s, and my own feet as well! Thus I will say no more, not to spoil too much of the show, but dancing rats is one of the many reasons for you not to miss this production June 11-14! For more information on the performances click here! Until then stay tuned for more previews with #Shrekdiaries.

Shrek Diaries Day 1

Good morning all!

This is Brandi here, excited to share some of the exciting things that are going on in our next production, Shrek the Musical!

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For those who do not know about the musical, it is an action packed, well written musical rendition of the movie we have all come to love. There are dancing knights, a singing dragon, misunderstood fairytale creatures,  tap-dancing rats, a tiny Lord Farquaad, and somewhere in all this fun, the struggle for two people–or should I say ogres–to find happiness in themselves and true love.

What I’m trying to get at here is that there are a lot of things going on in this production and boy has everyone been busy. So busy, in fact, that 11 days before the show, things are pulling together in a way that would make any theatre director sigh in relief like, “Aaaaah.” Thus, I wanted to share some of the amazing projects and work not only the directors and producers are coming up with, but what the cast and crew are doing as well!

Everyday the next 11 days before the show begins, I will post a little project, or in some cases a BIG project, that is being made to make this show truly magnificent. This series will be called Shrek Diaries, or #Shrekdiaries. Look forward to a new post every day to get a glimpse of what you will see on stage June 11-14!

 Day 1 of Shrek Diaries: The Dulocian Wigs

Dulocian (Doo·lock·ee·in): A citizen of Duloc.

At the get go, when deciding to produce Shrek the Musical a project that we could start without even casting a single person was the Dulocian wigs. Director Sarah and Spotlight employee, Katie P. has been working diligently to produce a bunch of doll-like wigs to suit their doll-like citizens.


Colorful and cute they have done a wonderful job! It is hard to believe these wigs were once just beanies and strings of yarn! Below is one of our Dolocians, Caraline, modeling her hairdo!


It’s hard not to like them. Even Julie, a board member of the Spotlight Performing Arts thinks they’re fun and cute.


To see these wigs in action mark a date on your calendar for either June 11-13 at 8:00 pm or June 14th at 2:00pm. You can even see them up close that week at our Swamp Dance Party after the performance that Friday or our Shrek Camp the morning of the Saturday performance.  For more information check out the links below or like us on Facebook! Then stay tuned for more of the #Shrekdiaries in the upcoming days!

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