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Elf the Musical

ElfPresented by Spotlight Acting School

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The Spotlight Theatre
Thur, Dec 7 2017, 7:00PM
Fri, Dec 8 2017, 7:00PM
Sat, Dec 9 2017, 7:00PM
Sat, Dec 9 2017, 2:00PM
Sun, Dec 10 2017, 2:00PM
Sun, Dec 10 2017, 7:00PM

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Legally Blonde the Musical

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A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

The Spotlight Theatre
Fri, Nov 17 2017, 7:00PM
Sat, Nov 18 2017, 7:00PM
Sun, Nov 19 2017, 2:00PM

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American Horror Stories – The Headless Horseman / Ghost Hunt

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Spend an evening of suspense as the teenage troupe of Spotlight Acting School shares the Headless Horseman and Ghost Hunt.

The Headless Horseman is a new twist on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow while Ghost Hunt is based on a Civil War legend. Both are great shows and each last a little over an hour for a full evening of fun.

The Spotlight Playhouse
Thu, Nov 9 2017, 7:00PM
Fri, Nov 10 2017, 7:00PM
Sat, Nov 11 2017, 7:00PM
Sun, Nov 12 2017, 2:00PM

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The Grunch

Presented by Spotlight Acting School

✩ WINNER! 2012 Children’s Musical Theatre Festival, NYC ✩

Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; he’ll steal the sets, costumes and lights the night before it opens. But will the spirit of theatre prevail?

The Spotlight Theatre
Fri, Nov 3 2017, 7:00PM
Sat, Nov 4 2017, 7:00PM
Sun, Nov 5 2017, 2:00PM

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Legally Blonde Jr. Cast List 2017

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(in student name alphabetical order)
All Girls are in the Jump Rope Scene as Inmates – Jumpers will jump

Abby Deaton Delta Nu/Greek Chorus
Abby Decker Store Manager/Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
Aden Amburgey Elle Woods
Barrett Keck Grandmaster Chad/Waiter/Frat Boy
Becca Ramey Pforzheimer/Salon/Courtroom
Bella Butler Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
Bonnie Fitzsimmons Delta Nu/Greek Chorus
Brooks Kidd Warner Huntington III
Caleb Rader Kyle/Waiter/Frat Boys
Caraline Perkins Sabrina/Delta Nu/Greek Chorus
Cassidy Jones Paulette
Celia Shaffer Serena
Charley Hamilton Delta Nu/Greek Chorus
Delani Reynolds Delta Nu/Greek Chorus
Emma Carty Brooke Wyndham
Emmy Cummings Pilar
Evelyn Deaton Enid Hoopes
Helena Arjona Whitney
Isabella Hernandez Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
Izzy Barton Vivienne Kensington
JamieLee Smith Bookish Client/Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
JeanLuc Gallien Emmett Forest
Joey Bradshaw Kate
Kara Peters Chutney Wyndham
Katie Upchurch Winthrop/Salon/Courtroom
Keara Koerner Judge/Harvard Scenes/Salon
Lily Meade Jet Blue Pilot/Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
Lily Wickersham Delta Nu/Greek Chorus
Liz Capillo Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
Makena Hurst Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
Maria Soens Prison Guard/Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
Martha Lowe Sundeep Agrawel Padamadan
Mya Hunt Margot
Olivia Short Saleswoman/Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
Paige Omohundro Delta Nu/Greek Chorus
Rileigh Perry Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
Taylor Hampton Delta Nu/Greek Chorus
Trinity Carl Harvard Scenes/Salon/Courtroom
Tristan Winstead Lowell/Dewey/Frat Boy
Will Black Professor Callahan/Waiter/Frat Boy
Will Harter Aaron Schultz/Waiter/Frat Boy

Spotlight Acting School’s First Theatre-A-Thon

Hello all! I hope all is well and everyone is staying creative! Here at Spotlight things are booming! I wanted to share and give some insight on something coming up that you may not be familiar with.

Over the summer I went a Theatre teacher professional development day, where Theatre teachers from everywhere in Kentucky came to meet and exchange ideas/advice. One of the ideas I really liked came from a local Theatre teacher that raved about the experience. It sounded like so much fun I wondered if Spotlight could have a spin at it.

Thus on Sunday October the 18th Spotlight Acting School is having it’s first Theatre-A-Thon.

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What is a Theatre-A-Thon, you may ask? Well search no more!

Our Theatre-A-Thon is where the whole cast of Alice in Wonderland will gather for six hours at our scene shop at the Spotlight Playhouse. We will be teaching different aspects of theatre throughout the entire day and working on the production.
Spotlight’s ambition is to share the art of performance with our students. A major part of theatre that many do not recognize is behind the scenes work, also known as technical theatre. (Fun fact: Many times it is easier to get a career doing technical theatre than it is with performance.)
During this day, the students will be learning invaluable lessons such as set building, costume construction, and make up design. These are skills that they will need to know in order to become a well-rounded performer. It also helps them gain an appreciation for their show since they were so involved with the process of creating their show, from making their characters to their set pieces come alive.
We are also taking this opportunity to fundraise for Spotlight Performing Arts Inc. This nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide scholarships and financial assistance for students. Did you know that in the 11 years Spotlight has been performing not one student has been turned away for inability to pay? To read all about Spotlight Performing Arts, click here! The cast was sent out with pledge forms, which they will use to fill up with sponsors to support them for every hour they work at the Theatre-A-Thon. For example if someone pledges $1 per hour of the Theatre-A-Thon, they will be donating six dollars. If someone pledges to donate $1,000 an hour they would be my hero! Wishful thinking, right?
On top of all of these benefits of the Theatre-A-Thon, the event will also be valuable time for the cast to bond with each other. It’s basically just going to be one big theatre palooza. The students will be provided lunch and snacks throughout the day, as well as jamming out to some Broadway music. They were super excited when I mentioned I would be making Sarah’s famous Oreo balls to bring.
You can follow our activities that day by entering the hashtag, #SpotlightTheatreAThon on Facebook and Instagram, where we will be taking many pictures and videos of the day’s adventures. I encourage everyone to check it out the 18th! Also if there is a way you would like to get involved please call (859)986-0423 to sign up to sponsor a student or make a donation to Spotlight Performing Arts. Regardless, make sure you come and watch these talented actors perform the very first production at Spotlight’s new campus, Spotlight Theatre on October 29th and 30th at 7:00 and November 1st, at 2:00. You are in for a big, not to mention crazy, treat.
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Costume Construction for Charlie

The Charlie Brown cast is not only working hard on the show itself but also their costumes. The cast, directors, and parents have worked together to create costumes for each character.

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“It’s amazing what a little fabric and a hot glue gun can do”
Sarah Bucknam

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“ It has been so much fun watching these 6 kids get so excited about their costumes. We were told that one student even turned down a day at the pool because he knew a piece of his costume was scheduled to be delivered that day.”
– Aj Jeck

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“When Caraline found out she cast as Sally, she was beyond excited, even though her character wears pink! Caraline is not a fan of pink but “its all for the cause” she says! 😀

Measuring and sewing her polka dot dress and lacing her white shoes with black strings to match her character has been exciting. Caraline can’t wait until the entire Peanuts cast is together in full costume!”

– Katie Perkins: Sally’s Mom

Make sure to mark your calendars to come see the finished products!

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Matching Shirts for the Charlie Brown Clan

When cast shirts walked in the door on Saturday morning, you would have thought it was Christmas. The face of every student lit-up and they couldn’t get the shirts on fast enough.

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You may notice a few things about these shirts that are a little different…

Instead of a cast list, each student was able to personalize the back of their shirt with their character name. Parents,  directors, and Spotlight fans were also given this opportunity. Some of us got REALLY creative!  _U1R8202

Each shirt is also a different color. Can you figure out why each students shirt is the color that it is?

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Answer:  The design was printed on different colors because the cast wanted their shirt to be the color that their character wears. Bright colors play a predominate role in this show and our students wanted their cast shirts to represent that.

The cast is in love with their shirts and I will be surprised if they will every take them off!

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Make sure you mark your calendars so that you can come see these crazy kids put on an AMAZING SHOW!

 

 Sponsored by Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

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KEEP CALM & DO THEATER

Charlie Brown rehearsals are still going strong. As we have mentioned in previous blogs, this show was created to challenge our students who were ready for an extra push. We have challenged the students with the difficulty of choreography and music but also with the rehearsal intensity. Spotlight students typically rehearse every Saturday for 1-3 hours but we pushed the Charlie Brown cast much harder. Last week Charlie Brown rehearsed every night for three hours and for EIGHT hours on Friday. We choreographed and cleaned ALL musical numbers.

“When deciding to conduct such an intense week, I had my worries. This week could have gone one of two ways. The kids could have loved every second and come out stronger actors OR we could have killed them(not literally). I am pleased to say that each student arrived and left with an amazing amount of energy and an increased love and passion for the ARTS!
Sarah Bucknam

 

Mya Hunt and Dylan Maynard practicing Harmony

We asked the Charlie Brown cast a few questions after this crazy week to get their opinions. You can find some of their answers below…

1.) What have you enjoyed most about being a part of the Charlie Brown Cast?
2.) What are you most excited about?
3.) Share your favorite memory from this past week.

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Caraline Perkins: Sally Brown

  1. I enjoy more one-on-one time with the directors because there aren’t as many people. I love this group of people too!
  2. I am so excited about performing at the schools because I’ve never gotten to do that before!
  3. When Matthew brought his iPod and we were listening to broadway radio. “Naughty”, from Matilda, came on and we went crazy! We were jumping and dancing all over the place!

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Jean Luc Gallien: Charlie Brown

  1. Learning new dances and getting to hang out with friends.
  2. Seeing how the play comes together and getting to perform at different schools
  3. Everybody sharing their costume ideas. It’s hard to think of one thing that stands out, because I’m happy every time I go!!

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Mya Hunt: Lucy

  1.  Singing practice, acting, dancing,and being part of the cast.
  2. Performing for people and doing the traveling shows.
  3. When we dressed up during rehearsal and we acted wild and crazy. Oh yeah….. and planning Sarah and Aj ‘ s wedding.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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The 7 Golden Things to Bring to Every Rehearsal

A common question I get from parents time to time is, “What does my child need to bring to rehearsal?”

Now that Spotlight Acting School is constantly in the middle some kind of rehearsal (right now we are in full swing of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and starting up Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland. Cinderella and Arsenic and Old Lace audition this weekend), I thought it might be appropriate to share some rehearsal essentials. These are seven things that any actor needs to really thrive during practice!  

1. Closed-Toe Shoes

So many times, especially during summer, it is easy to throw on some flip flops and head on to rehearsal. However, any kind of open toed shoes, such as flip flops or sandals, are not a good choice for rehearsal, and I’m not meaning in a fashion sense. Not only can it be difficult to dance and act in sandals, it can also be dangerous. I can’t count how many stubbed toes could have been prevented. Tennis shoes are always a safe choice that allow actors to move about comfortably. There are also jazz and character shoes to consider as well!

2. Water

I cannot stress this one enough! What many people do not realize about Theatre is that it is an extremely athletic activity. For example, by the eighth time we practice a certain dance in just one rehearsal, it feels like a workout! Young actors (and seasoned ones as well) need to stay hydrated for obvious health reasons. Here at Spotlight, we encourage students to take breaks as they feel they need to, so to have at least one bottle of water nearby is very handy. There are also some instances where we rehearse in a place with no water fountain, so it is always good to get in the habit of bringing your own bottle.

3. Comfortable Clothes

I typically prefer to wear athletic clothes to rehearsal because of how much activity just an hour and a half can provide. Although athletic clothes are not required, rehearsal clothes should be very comfortable. If your young actor does not feel like he or she can move freely in his/her outfit, they should probably change. Actors have enough to worry about singing, dancing, and acting. They don’t have time to be concerned over a wardrobe malfunction!

4. Script

I’m pretty sure I just heard every director in the world go, “Amen!” Here at Spotlight we value our scripts so much that we even have every cast take an oath that they will take care of their script. Sometimes it is inevitable that a script gets left behind, however the more rehearsals that script can make it there the better! Even when students have their lines memorized, scripts are important to practice so students can take notes, go over their lines, or follow along as we review the play.

5. A Pencil

Well, just like school we ask our students to come and take notes, but these notes aren’t for math or science. Of course, we know not every student can read or write, which is totally fine. For those who can, we have found note-taking super helpful for our students to remember what blocking and what stage directions they are instructed to do later. A lot of questions and forgotten direction can be fixed if our students write them down in their scripts.

6. Practice before Practice

This sort of goes hand in hand with bringing your script: knowing the stuff in it. Now parents, I know that most of the time by opening night you know the show as well as the kids do, but that means that they know it too! To push students to their full acting potential, several weeks before dress rehearsal week, we encourage students to be “off book,” which means to have their lines memorized. Because most of our shows take place over the span of several months, if rationed and planned, this is an easy feat. Memorizing a line a night may suffice, or perhaps practicing a dance a couple times before the next rehearsal will do. I know many students like to listen to the music in their car. As a director, it is very easy to tell the difference of when students do go home and practice and when they don’t.

7. Positive Attitude

Because some rehearsals can be difficult it is always best, but hard, to come with a positive outlook on things. I know it is difficult especially on the young ones to repeat something over and over again. It does help the whole atmosphere when students keep enjoying themselves and the rehearsal. Do we expect everyone to always wear a smile? No, though it would be nice. 🙂 However, rehearsal should be a fun atmosphere where children get to express themselves in the arts, and learn about how to better their performance skills. Here at Spotlight, we strive to make rehearsals a positive experience for everyone, therefore negative attitudes should be left at the door.

Of course there are other things every actor can bring to a rehearsal that fit their individual needs. Some students bring healthy snacks in case they get a little hungry. Some students bring notebooks to occupy their time when they are not learning a lesson or on the stage. Electronic devices are never encouraged to be used during rehearsal, including game consoles and cellphones. A cellphone can be used after rehearsal if the student needs to contact their parents or rides.

With these things your young actor can feel prepared and ready for rehearsal!