Submission Form 2023

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 up to 2 plays, this includes plays they have co-authored.

Each nominee must submit a separate application form.

Plays must be typed using the attached format guide located in the Submission Form 2023.

*New  – Plays presented in previous Spotlight Festivals are eligible for re-submission.

*New – Poetry and short story readings will be accepted as monologues.

The Spotlight Acting School, Inc. Festival Committee, in its sole and absolute discretion, shall select plays for participation in the 2023 Spotlight Festival from among all entries, and its decisions are final. Spotlight Acting School, Inc. reserves the right to remove any selected play from participation if the play, its producers, and/or its authors are not in compliance with the Application and/or the Competition Guidelines, and/or if the additional documents are not signed and returned by the required date.  Production of selected plays shall be at the sole cost and expense of the Producer, and no royalties or other payments are or will be owed by Spotlight Acting School, Inc. or its partner acting troupes or organizations.

 

FACILITIES:

The theatre space will include a basic lighting plot with limited pre-set general light cues. Basic sound equipment will be provided.

A limited number of basic set pieces will be available at the theatre.  Additional props, set pieces, etc. may be brought by the producing companies; however, we strongly advise that productions be kept as simple as possible.

Spotlight Acting School, Inc. will further provide all front-and back-of-house personnel and a board operator if needed.

 

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. As a producer, the author agrees to perform his or her obligations under this application, all without the knowledge, consent, or approval of any third party and without infringing the rights or damaging any third party. The responsibilities of the Producer include, but are not limited to, assisting in casting (our 2023 festival is a non-equity festival); working with the appointed director or possibly 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 PDF, or Microsoft Word compatible document (.doc,.docx). Documents must be labeled as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name.pdf (or .doc/.docx). Email the completed document as an attachment to [email protected] . No shared links or Google Doc files, please. If you use Google Docs simply export the file to a doc file.

All portions of this application must be completed. A picture of a completed form is fine as an attachment as long as we can read it.

Spotlight Acting School, Inc. will announce the plays chosen for presentation on March 18th, 2023 on the Playhouse website and social media via a live stream presentation.

Submission Form 2023

 

Chorus (CHORUS.)Dana Hendren
Prince Escalus (PRIN.)Josi Anderson
Paris (PAR.)Colton Amburgey
Montague (MON.)TBA
Capulet (CAP.)Edwin Tait
Old Capulet (OLD. CAP.)TBA
Romeo (ROM.)Lee Estes
Mercutio (MER.)Reagan Lueker
Benvolio (BEN.)Ivydene Reed
Tybalt (TYB.)Adalynn Coleman
Petruchio (PETR.)TBA
Friar Lawrence (FRI. L.)Jennifer Woodruff
Friar John (FRI. J.)Dana Hendren
Balthasar (BAL.)TBA
Abram (ABR.)Alaina Hendren
Sampson (SAM.)Tiffany Reed
Gregory (GRE.)Eva Hendren
Peter (PET.)Elizabeth Tait
Page to Paris (PAGE.)Eva Hendren
Apothecary (AP.)Dana Hendren
Lady Montague (LA. MON.)Dana Hendren
Lady Capulet (LA. CAP.) Jazzlyn Threlkeld
Juliet (JUL.)Alina Fanshier
Nurse (NURSE.)Julia Frasure
Citizens of Verona (CITIZENS.)TBA
First Watchman (1. WATCH.)Reagan Lueker
Second Watchman (2. WATCH.)Tiffany Reed
Third Watchman (3. WATCH.)Ivydene Reed
First Musician (1. MUS.)Adalynn Coleman
Second Musician (2. MUS.)Josi Anderson
Third Musician (3. MUS.)Alaina Hendren
First Servingman (1. SERV.)Tiffany Reed
Second Servingman (2. SERV.)Elizabeth Tait
Third Servingman (3. SERV.)Eva Hendren
Anthony (ANT.)Colton Amburgey
Potpan (POT.)Alaina Hendren
Mercutio’s Page (MERC. PAGE)TBA

The STARS program was created in 2018 as Spotlight Acting School’s way to target students that wanted a fully developed curriculum beyond what rehearsing a show could provide. We teach a lot of great skills in our regular shows and rehearsals, but there is simply not enough time to include everything we have to offer in one hour a week rehearsals. The STARS program challenges students to the next level with skill-building exercises, targeted classes, script readings, creative writing, broadcasting experiences, film experiences, and of course lots more live stage time than one show can allow.

To learn more or enroll in this exciting program  click here .

 


STARS (Ages 13-18)

STARS JR (Ages 6-12)

PRIVATE LESSONS

CABARETS

 


 STARS (Ages 13-18)

MISSION | AUDITION | TUITION

MISSION:
To challenge students to continually improve their skills by learning every possible aspect of the performing arts and to identify students that will excel in an arts-based college program or career.

AUDITION:

A simple audition process is required of all students seeking admission to the STARS program.  The audition will consist of a question and answer session aimed to assess the student’s maturity, focus ability, and attitude, followed by at least one or multiple of the following options.

  1. Perform a pre-approved monologue
  2. Perform a song from a contemporary or classic Broadway Musical
  3. Perform a solo dance routine. 

ACCEPTANCE or DENIAL

After the Audition process, the student can expect an accepted or denied notice within one hour. If accepted the Student will be immediately enrolled. If denied, the student will be invited to have a work session with a STARS director to discuss the problem areas and receive recommendations on how to correct them. A second audition may be scheduled upon the director’s approval that all the previous issues have been addressed.


STARS JR (Ages 6-12)

MISSION | AUDITION | TUITION

MISSION:
To introduce young students to every possible aspect of the performing arts and to identify students that will excel in the STARS program.

AUDITION:

A simple audition interview aimed to assess the student’s maturity, focus ability, and attitude is required of all students seeking admission to the STARS JR program.  Students not quite ready for STARS JR will be directed on what areas they need to work on and may request another interview when ready. 

ADVANCEMENT TO STARS

Students ages 11 and 12 may request an early advancement to the STARS Program by audition. The audition will consist of a question and answer session aimed to assess the student’s maturity, focus ability, and attitude, followed by at least one or multiple of the following options. If you want to let your child in to acting, here you can find out about The Best Acting Advice for People Who Are Just Starting Out.

  1. Perform a pre-approved monologue
  2. Perform a song from a contemporary or classic Broadway Musical
  3. Perform a solo dance routine. 

At age 13 students enrolled in the STARS JR program will automatically advance to STARS with any audition required. 

ACCEPTANCE or DENIAL

After the Audition process, the student can expect an accepted or denied notice within one hour. If accepted the Student will be immediately enrolled. If denied, the student will be invited to have a work session with a STARS director to discuss the problem areas and receive recommendations on how to correct them. A second audition may be scheduled upon the director’s approval that all the previous issues have been addressed.


 

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons are available for students seeking to further their skills in singing, acting, and writing. All private lessons are offered bi-weekly (Every other week) and are included in the Premium and Studio enrollment levels.  Students taking private lessons will be offered opportunities to perform in student recitals throughout the year.  Lessons missed due to the Director not being available or a student’s absence will be offered time slots for a make-up session for up to one week (7 days). After the week expires the lesson will be skipped if not completed. Only lessons skipped due to a director’s absence are eligible for a bill credit.  The bill credit is $15 per lesson as of 7/1/2021. 


 

CABARETS

Cabarets are the main performing outlet for the STARS students.  Preformed throughout the year, Cabarets are loosely themed variety shows that feature mostly group performances, but sometimes include solos or smaller acts.  All STARS and STARS JR students will perform in Cabarets, but smaller acts and solos must complete an audition process in front of the directors before being included.  Occasionally the directors or guests from the adult players will participate.  Cabaret Acts are held to the highest performance standards.


Affordable

TUITION

STARS is funded through tuition. STARS tuition is not eligible for financial aid; however, in keeping with Spotlight Acting School’s mission to make the arts accessible to every child the portion of Premium and Standard tuition used for Spotlight Shows may be eligible for assistance (Currently up to $85 per month). Contact Mr. Chad for more information about Financial Aid for STARS.  Additionally, every student and/or parent may work up to 8 hours a month to further offset tuition costs.  If fundraising does not cover travel expenses or other unusual costs then additional funding may be required. 

Premium Enrollment
(6-month commitment required)
$200 per month
($280 per month without 8 hours labor)  
Includes STARS Classes and Lab, Private Lessons, Multiple Overlapping Spotlight Acting School Shows.

Standard Enrollment
(6-month commitment required, upgrade anytime)
$140 per month
($220 per month without 8 hours labor)
Includes STARS Classes and Lab, and (1) One Spotlight Acting School Show.
(Overlapping shows will be billed at $40 each per month.)

Studio Enrollment
(6-month commitment required, upgrade anytime)
$100 per month
($180 per month without 8 hours labor)
Includes STARS Classes and Lab, and Private Lessons.

 

AuditionsHere are some things you should know before auditioning for Spotlight Acting School.

Accepted

EVERY CHILD IS CAST IN MOST SCHOOL PRODUCTIONS.

Don’t worry about whether or not your child will be accepted.

(Occasionally we cast a traveling show, bonus show, players show, or one that simply cannot accommodate everyone,
but it will be listed on the audition. Unless stated otherwise, you can safely assume every child gets cast.)

CLICK HERE FOR
TUITION RATES, DISCOUNTS, or FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Spotlight has a goal to never turn a student away.
Keep scrolling for upcoming auditions

 

AUDITION DETAILS: Each production will have a detailed description of the audition process.

To enroll, show up at one of the audition/registration events listed below or come by the
Playhouse for a tour. Call 859-661-0600 or email [email protected] for more information.

*In the case of inclement weather, illness, and technical issues, schedules are subject to change. We do not prorate any tuition. Tuition is based on 4 hours of instruction per month. We purposefully do not include Dress Week in our tuition calculations. This gives Spotlight as much as 10 hours of bonus instructional time that can more than make up for missed regular rehearsals.

*Holidays and Breaks – Spotlight shuts down for several Holidays and breaks. Spotlight does not budget the 5th Saturday in any 5 week month for tuition to allow for Holidays.  Additionally, we purposefully do not include Dress Week in our tuition calculations to make up for any extra time missed in regular rehearsals.

The following shows are school productions intended for the listed age range. Each show includes enrollment in the Spotlight Acting School. You do not have to be currently enrolled to audition. Here are some highlights.

  1. Every child is cast in school productions. 
  2. The audition process is completely guided.
  3. School productions follow school rules. A student handbook will be provided.
  4. School productions include skill-building lessons and are run by our trained staff.
  5. School rehearsals are typically on Saturdays only until dress week.
  6. Tuition for enrollment starts at $85.00 per month
  7. Financial assistance is available.
  8. We strive to engage every child in each rehearsal.
  9. Age ranges are protected to provide leading opportunities for young actors.

PRESS START is a musical for young actors that transports us inside the bright, pixelated world of video games. When the famous characters we know and love run out of lives, they decide to put on a musical fundraiser that will help them raise gold rings and play on. Through hilarious and heartfelt musical numbers we see a side of the heroes, villains, and sidekicks we’ve never seen before. But when things go terribly awry, will the quiet sidekick Little Mushroom find the hero inside of her to save the day? PRESS START is composed entirely in 8-bit synthesizers reminiscent of those incredible soundtracks from the original Nintendo and Sega consoles.

Auditions Jan 28 at 10:00 am – The Spotlight Playhouse – Berea

You do not have to be currently enrolled in Spotlight Acting School to audition.

All Students Age 4-11 will be cast.

Age waivers to older students are being granted.  Students in the designated age range will be cast first where applicable.

Students will be expected to sing a song and repeat a dance routine.

Monologues are not required but will be accepted and considered in the casting process. 

Directed by Miss Daesha with Mr. Chad, Miss Bailey, and Miss Jade. Musical Direction by Miss Letha

Rehearsals – Saturdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (1st Cast – “Blue”) and 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (2nd Cast – “Purple”)

Performances – June 9-11 (1st Cast) and June 16-18 (2nd Cast)

Standard tuition to Spotlight Acting School is $85 per month before any discounts or financial aid.  For more information contact Mr. Chad at 859-661-0600 or email [email protected] 

Casting

HEROES
YOUNG ADVENTURER
MARCO THE PLUMBER
SPEEDY THE HEDGEHOG
MEGAKID
KARATE GUY/GIRL
JOHN ELWAY (LOCAL FAMOUS ATHLETE)
HERO ENSEMBLE

VILLAINS
SPIKEY TURTLE
MAD SCIENTIST
EVIL ROBOT
SLIMY ALIEN
GENERIC GHOST
ZOMBIE
VILLAIN ENSEMBLE

SIDEKICKS
LITTLE MUSHROOM
LORENZO THE BROTHER
HELPFUL DINOSAUR
FAIRY GUIDE
PAWS THE FOX
K9
SIDEKICK ENSEMBLE

OTHER CHARACTERS
PRINCESS POMEGRANATE
PAC ANNE
SQUARE BUILDER EVE
ANGRY BIRDY
GIUSEPPE

 

Spotlight Acting School is proud to facilitate Community Theater opportunities for the region in cooperation with The Spotlight Playhouse, The Spotlight Players, and the Bluegrass Players.

  1. Community theater auditions are open to everyone.
  2. There is no cost to participate in a community production.
  3. You may be asked to help fundraise for your production.
  4. Community theater directors are volunteers.
  5. The community rehearsals do not follow all Spotlight Acting School rules or safety protocols.
  6. Parents of young children are encouraged to stay if a child is cast. We do not provide child care.
  7. Casting is not guaranteed and we will only keep the actors we need for the production.
  8. A rehearsal schedule for each show is usually available in the audition post.

The Bluegrass Players – Community Theater Open Auditions

· Performances: April 14-23
(Please allow for both weekends in your schedule)

· Rehearsals: Sundays mostly – Leads will have additional sessions.
(You only come to the rehearsals you are needed at)

· Dress Week: April 10-14 (April 9th is Easter – no rehearsals)
(If we need two casts the 2nd dress week is April 17-20)

· Intergenerational targeted to Ages 9-Adult but younger students may audition.

· Sing a song, cold read, and act out a scene.
(The only thing you need to prepare is a song. No pop/rock songs.
Broadway, Disney tunes, and even songs like Happy Birthday are fine.)

· Casting is not guaranteed.
However, the goal of the Sunday Musical is to get as many actors as we can on stage to share the experience.

· Director—Chad Hembree

· Musical Director—Chad Hembree

· Lead Choreographer—Jenna Fair

· Additional leadership roles available:
assistant director, additional choreographer, stage manager

BLUE CAST PURPLE CAST
9:00-10:00 11:00-12:00
Korrigan GiftDuchessAbigail Click
Adelynn CressToulouseMaddie Hess
Evie HarmonMarieEllie Devers
Sophie LakeBerliozCamilla Dalessio
Gillian GrantThomas O’MalleyMcKinley Lueker
Ellie KelleyScat CatHadley Mullins
Phoenix MillerWacky CatAdeline Seroka
Josie LunsfordMad CatEmma Wehrly
Adeline EllenAlley Cat 
Saoirse PrattHep CatNatalie Bruhn
Harriet Hofneister-MillerAlley CatElsley Smith
Norah GoensSlick CatLogan Laswell
Samara SullivanAlley CatEliza Lawrence
Haven ShepherdMadameAnnabelle Seroka
MJ ClarkEdgarAdie Adams
Atticus FrenchRoquefortAugust Solon
Adalynn ShepherdNapoleonKiersten Hooker
Madyson AmburgeyLafayetteClara Dilts
Carley JonesVichyJordan Skrobot
Grayson StearnsSsoiseJordan Skrobot
Adalynn ColemanAbigailClaire Lawrence
Paelyn MillerAmeliaEvelyn Kendrick