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So, you think you can write a play? – The Spotlight Festival of Short Plays

ELIGIBILITY:
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, including plays they have co-authored.

Each nomination must submit a separate Submission Form.

Plays must be typed. See the format guide attached.

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 2018 Spotlight Festival from among all entries, and its decisions are final.

TO SUBMIT:
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. The responsibilities of the Producer include, but are not limited to, assisting in or suggesting casting; our 2018 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 link

Spotlight Acting School, Inc. will announce the winners at the performance of Alice in Wonderland February 10th 2018 followed by posting the results on its website.

Three TaII Women

Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. This engaging examination of the life of one woman is one of the biggest hits to grace the stage.

“One of America’s finest playwrights. AIbee offers a new play so good it can only exist on the stage. A perfect illustration of why theater is an indispensable art.” —NY Times.

“A dazzler…Worthy of mention in the same breath as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance. Three TaII Women blazes as bright as a midsummer day. Electrifying and heartrending, each of Albee’s women is memorable…” —Wall Street Journal.

The Spotlight Playhouse
Fri, Jan 19 2018, 8:00PM
Sat, Jan 20 2018, 8:00PM
Sun, Jan 21 2018, 2:00PM

Tickets – $10 / Seniors $8 / Students $5
(On sale Jan. 5th)

The Aristocats Kids

Presented by Spotlight Acting School Ages 4-11

In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it’s up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day.

The Spotlight Playhouse
January 25-27  7:00pm
January 28  2:00pm
February 1-3  7:00pm
February 4  2:00pm

Tickets on Sale 1/12/2018

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland

Presented by The Spotlight Players  (TYA – Theatre for Young Audiences Series)

Children have always been fascinated by Alice’s strange and exciting adventures in Wonderland.  Now they can actually join Alice in her travels.

The Spotlight Theatre – Richmond Mall
Friday, February 9  7:00pm
Saturday, February 10  7:00pm
Sunday, February 11  2:00pm

Available for tour to local elementary schools February 15, 16, 22, & 23

Tickets

Love & Murder at Locanda Rossa – Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Join the Bluegrass Players as they take you on a Film Noir style adventure in the exotic Italian Riviera.  The Locanda Rossa (Red Inn) is in a whole heap of trouble, but our slick Private Eye is about to crack the case wide open.  Loaded with laughs and memorable characters this classic Bogart style comedy will be a hit for all ages.  Everyone in the room will participate in the ongoing investigation.

Menu: Italian with Meat and Vegetarian Options
(Exact menu TBA)

Parents – We are now adding a parents guide to each show.  The Bluegrass Players are the edgiest acting troupe at Spotlight, but this is a somewhat child-friendly (PG) show. There is no foul language nor any direct sexual references. Film Noir is often dark and there will be gunshots, but our actors will tip off the young ones prior to the show.  The humor is derived from the characters taking themselves and their actions serious even though they are in completely absurd situations.

Tickets: $35, $20 Kids (Kids Meal), $30 Senior / Student (Full Meal)

Full Meal – Entree, 2 Side Dishes, Bread, Salad, Dessert.

Kids Meal – Childs Entree (Typically Chicken Nuggets or Pizza), 1 Side, Bread, Dessert, Salad if requested.

The Spotlight Playhouse – Berea
Thu, Feb 14 2018, 6:30PM
Fri, Feb 16 2018, 6:30PM
Sat, Feb 17 2018, 6:30PM

Tickets on sale Jan 12.

Madagascar A Musical Adventure JR. – Auditions – Ages 4-11

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.  Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

Ages: 4-11

Auditions: Feb 17th, 9:00am

Campus: Berea

Rehearsals: 8:30am – 9:45am (Blue Cast)
9:45am – 11:00am (Purple Cast)

Performances:  June 14 – 17 (Blue Cast)
June 21 – 24 (Purple Cast)

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

Enrollment Information  – click here.

Peter Pan Jr.

Presented by Spotlight Acting School Ages 4-9

Fly away to Neverland with Peter and the Darling children in this adaptation of Disney’s beloved animated film.

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero.

The Spotlight Theatre – Richmond Mall
Fri Feb 23  7:00pm
Sat Feb 24  7:00pm
Sun Feb 25  2:00pm
Fri Mar 2  7:00pm
Sat Mar 3  7:00pm
Sun Mar 4 2:00pm

Tickets on Sale 1/12/2018

Agatha Christie’s – And Then There Were None

“A perfect combination of thriller and detective story, this much-copied plot is Christie’s greatest technical achievement.” – John Curran, The Guardian

Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme.

One of Christie’s darkest tales and a masterpiece of dramatic construction, its growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension will keep you guessing to the very end.

Performances
Fri Mar 2 / 7 – 9pm
Sat Mar 3 / 7 – 9pm
Sun Mar 4 / 2 – 4pm
Fri Mar 9 / 7 – 9pm
Sat Mar 10 / 7 – 9pm

Tickets available Jan 12

Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS – Auditions – Ages 4-9

Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS is an adaptation of the second of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series, which has sold more than 100 million copies and is available in more than 100 countries around the world.  This time around, Jack and Annie’s tree house takes them to an age of knights in shining armor, where the two discover the power of hope and the true meaning of gallantry.

The two siblings, Jack and Annie, return to visit the magic tree house.  As they read a book about knights and the middle ages, Annie is intrigued by the Black Knight and the mysterious quest one must successfully complete before becoming a knight.  When she wishes to visit the castle in the book, the siblings are whisked away to medieval times.  They set off to learn more about the Black Knight and his quest, experiencing a grand medieval feast, escaping through secret tunnels and dancing with enchanted suits of armor, all in an effort to find their way back home.

Ages: 4-9

Auditions: March 3rd, 1:00pm

Campus: Richmond

Rehearsals: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Blue Cast)
2:00pm – 3:00pm (Purple Cast)

Performances:  June 1 – 3 (Blue Cast)
June 8 – 10 (Purple Cast)

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

Enrollment Information  – click here.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Presented by Spotlight Acting School Ages 9-14

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

The Spotlight Theatre
March 16  7:00pm
March 17  7:00pm
March 18  2:00pm

Tickets on Sale 1/12/2018