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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.

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Spotlight Acting school is first and foremost, a school. We work hard to make sure that every second a student is in our care, they are being challenged and are learning. Over the past year, we have noticed that some of our students were progressing so quickly that they were no longer being pushed or challenged when working with their age group. To make sure that every student enrolled was receiving the amount of attention/information they needed to continue growing, we created an intermediate group. For the intermediate group’s first season, we picked six students who went above and beyond what was asked of them in the last several productions. These students had presented not only talent but also drive and a passion for their art. 

Every group presents a production at the end of their session. The production that was chosen for the intermediate group was You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown is usually performed by six adults, but Spotlight had faith that these youngsters could pull it off! Directors Sarah Bucknam and Anthony Jeck began rehearsals early July. 


“We couldn’t be more proud of this group of kids. We knew going into this show that it was going to be challenging, but our students have surpassed every obstacle thus far. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with students who have a passion for theater like we do!”
-Sarah Bucknam 

“It’s always wonderful watching all of our students grow and learn, from the least to most experienced.  These 6 kids, though, have taken the more advanced and demanding instruction in stride, and it’s inspiring to watch their passion, talent, and enthusiasm.  I hope we can continue to give this sort of opportunity to these students and other deserving students in the future.”
– AJ Jeck
Spotlight is not the only one that sees the potential in this small group. Director, Sarah Bucknam, recently approached Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to brag on the cast. East Kentucky was so impressed with this group that they have decided to sponsor You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown for $7,000. East Kentucky will be presenting Charlie Brown and the other peanuts with the check before their first performance (September 25th) at the Spotlight Playhouse. 


Make sure to mark your calendars so you can come support this amazing cast and check out our new home in Berea! 

The Spotlight Playhouse