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.

  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.)

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Spotlight has a goal to never turn a student away.
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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.

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.

Auditions October 8 at Noon – The Spotlight Playhouse – Berea

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

All Students age 9-14 will be cast.

Age waivers may be granted.  Students in the designated age range will be cast first.

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. 

Rehearsals – Saturdays, (First Cast) 8:30 am – 10:00 am / (Second Cast) Noon – 1:30 pm

Performances – (First Cast) March 3 – 5 / (Second Cast) March 10 – 12

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] 

Aristocats

Everybody wants to be a cat in Disney’s stage adaptation of the animated classic motion picture.

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.

Auditions Dec 3 at 1:30 pm – The Spotlight Playhouse – Berea

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

All Students Age 4-9 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 Daesha Miller and Letha Hembree

Rehearsals – Saturdays, 9:00 am – 10:00 am (1st Cast) and 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (2nd Cast)

Performances – April 21-23 (1st Cast) and April 28-30 (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] 

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.

Part

Info

Cast 

 Show Hosts 
Santa ClausMultiple scenesJevon Gibbons
Narrator/HostIt’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas Chad Hembree
Narrator/HostIt’s Beginning to Look A Lot like ChristmasSarah Jeck
Billy RayLife of the partyJeremy Grant
CurtisElf and HostGannon Stearns
BernardElf and HostMakenzie Adkins
   
 Opening NumberEveryone
   
 Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer 
Elf ForemanThe BossJosiah Kerr
HermeyElf that wants to be a dentistLandon Seale
Tall ElfSoloist – RudolphKenley Tipton
Elf EnsembleDance and sing RudolphAlaina Hendren, Ellie Devers, Evelyn Kendrick, Juniper Mendenhall, Logan Bruhn, Makenna Abney, Annabelle Seroka, Kenley Tipton
Reindeer EnsembleDance and sing RudolphMaKenzie Abney, Maddie Hess, River Mendenhall, Saoirse Pratt, Sophie Tatum, Xanthe Pratt, Carley Jones, Gillian Grant, Hazel Cooper
   
 Christmas Vacation 
CLARK Ryan Peters
RUSTY Colton Amburgey
ELLEN Andrea Bruhn
AUDREY Kara Peters
NORA Letha Hembree
CLARK SR Darrell Harrison
ART Edwin Tait
FRANCIS Paula Davis
EDDIE Jeff Fischer
ROCKY Jonah HIll
RUBY SUE  Hazel Cooper
CATHERINE Dana Hendren
   
 In Summer 
Olaf Chase Christopher
Summer Ensemble Anaeity McPherson, Annabelle Seroka, Grace Gibbons, Sydney Ray, Tiffany Reed, Sienna Pratt, Landon Seale, Lilly Cummings, Lillian McCain, Nora Brosius, Lauren Wills, Eva Hendren, Josiah Kerr
   
 The Santa Clause  
CHARLIE Logan Bruhn
   
 Rockin Around the Christmas Tree 
Brenda LeeSoloistSydney Ray
   
 Baby It’s Cold outside 
Duet Paula Davis
Duet Chad Hembree
   
 A Christmas Story 
SCHWARTZ Eva Hendren
FLICK Anaeity McPherson
RALPHIE Josiah Kerr
Playground Ensemble Chase Christopher, Elizabeth Tait, Ellie Devers, Evelyn Kendrick, Lilly Cummings, Lillian McCain, Kenley Tipton
   
 The Christmas Song 
   
SoloistChestnuts Roasting on an Open FireJade Brewer
   
 Frosty the Snowman 
FrostySoloistAddyson Fischer
Frosty ensemble Alaina Hendren, Ellie Devers, Evelyn Kendrick, Juniper Mendenhall, Logan Bruhn, Makenna Abney, Makenzie Abney, Maddie Hess, River Mendenhall, Saoirse Pratt, Sophie Tatum, Xanthe Pratt, Carley Jones, Annabelle Seroka, Gillian Grant, Hazel Cooper, Kenley Tipton
Frosty Police Officer Jonah Hill
   
 Where Are You Christmas 
Cindy Lou WhoSoloistGillian Grant
   
 CHRISTMAS WALTZ 
Soloist Kara Peters
Waltz Dancers TBA
   
 When Christmas Comes To Town 
Hero BoyDuetLandon Seale
Hero GirlDuetLauren Wills
   
 HOT CHOCOLATE DANCE 
Hot Chocolate DancersTBA
   
 Home Alone 
KATE Diane Brosius
PETER Jeff Fischer
FRANK David Mendenhall
LESLIE Daniella Mendenhall
BUZZ Colton Amburgey
KEVIN Logan Bruhn
Extra kiddos Carley Jones, Nora Brosius, Xanthe Pratt, Sophie Tatum, Karlie Tipton
   
 White Christmas 
BETTYCount Your Blessing and White ChristmasRebecca Fanshier
BOBCount Your Blessing and White ChristmasMatt Cooper
PHILWhite ChristmasDylan Maynard
JUDYWhite ChristmasSydney Hall
Ensemble Everyone
   
 It’s A Wonderful Life 
GEORGE Edwin Tait
BERT David Mendenhall
CARTER Matt Cooper
SHERIFF Johnathan Pratt
ZUZU River Mendenhall
JANIE Preslee Miller
MARY Kyrsten Daugherty
UNCLE BILLY Darrell Harrison
ANNIE Samantha Robinson
PARTRIDGE Tonya Cummings
HARRY Kadan Gibson
Party Goers Grace Gibbons, Alisia Marcum, Andrea Bruhn, Colton Amburgey, Dana Hendren, Jade Brewer, John Fanshier, Daniella Mendenhall, Diane Brosius, Rebecca Fanshier
   
 SLEIGH RIDE  
Soloist Alisia Marcum
   
 Charlie Brown Christmas 
Charlie Landon Seale
Linus Eva Hendren
Lucy Anaiety McPherson
Marcie Sienna Pratt
Peppermint Patty Gillian Grant
Sally  Alaina Hendren
Snoopy  Maddie Hess
   
 Winter Wonderland 
Duet Aimee Wills
Duet Johnathan Pratt
   
 I’ll Be Home for Christmas 
Soldier Soloist Johnathan Pratt
   
 Bring Him Home Santa 
Child Soloist Elizabeth Tait
   
 ELF 
BUDDY Dylan Maynard
GIMBEL’S MANAGER Tonya Cummings
JOVIE Sydney Hall
MICHEAL Chase Christopher
CHARLOTTE Krysten Daugherty
WALTER Darrell Harrison
Ensemble STARS
   
 JINGLE BELLS 
Duet Tiffany Reed
Duet John Fanshier
   
 LET IT SNOW 
Duet Gannon Stearns
Duet Makenzie Adkins
   
 Marilyn Monroe and Elvis 
Elvis Billy RayJeremy Grant
Marilyn Monroe Sarah Jeck
   
 Meet Me in St. Louis 
TOOTIE Saoirse Pratt
ESTHERSolosist – Have Yourself a Merry Little ChrAndrea Bruhn
   
 Holiday Inn 
Quartet Jeremy Grant
Quartet Letha Hembree
Quartet Chad Hembree
Quartet Sarah Jeck
   
 What’s This 
JACK SKELLINGTON Kadan Gibson
Christmas Town EnsembleSamantha Robinson, Karlie Tipton, Kenedee Fair, Presley Miller, Grace Gibbons, Alisia Marcum, Addyson Fischer, Jade Brewer, Jenna Fair, John Fanshier, Lilly Cummings, Lillian McCain
   
 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 
Beth Kenedee Fair
Imogene  Jenna Fair
Gladys Alaina Hendren
Claudia Annabelle Seroka
Grace Dana Hendren
Bob Ryan Peters
Ollie Elizabeth Tait
Charli Ellie Devers
Leroy Evelyn Kendrick
Alice Hazel Cooper
Reverend Hopkins Jonah Hill

First Read Through 9/20 at 7:30 pm – Expected 2 1/2 to 3 hours (Guests are welcome. Snacks/drinks will be provided.)

EVERETT MASONDameyan Beaman
PLEASANT BROADDUS – SherriffChris Sexton
REVEREND WESLEYChad Hembree
ROBERT CHRISTIANRick Reed
R.M. RENFIELDBrad Powell
COUNT DRACULADarrell Harrison
SILAS MASONEdwin Tait
THOMAS (TOM) MASONMason Hembree
JUDAS (JUD)Gary Burchfield
NOSFERATUDarrell Harrison
OLIVIALee Estes
SARAH CHRISTIANKyrsten Daugherty
MAUDE MASONLetha Hembree
PHOEBE MASONAdalynn Coleman
MARY CHRISTIANAlina Fanshier
KATHERINE (KATIE) BROADDUSTiffany Reed
EVA – VampiressAmanda Sexton
SADIE – VampiressPheobe Williams

Rehearsal Schedule

20 SEP 2022, TUE 7:30 – ? (Read Through – Guests Welcome)
22 SEP 2022, THU 7:30 – 9pm
25 SEP 2022, SUN 7:30 – 9pm
27 SEP 2022, TUE 7:30 – 10pm
29 SEP 2022, THU 7:30 – 9pm
2 OCT 2022, SUN 8 – 9:30pm
4 OCT 2022, TUE 8 – 9:30pm
6 OCT 2022, THU 8 – 9:30pm
16 OCT 2022, SUN 8 – 9:30pm
17 OCT 2022, MON 8 – 9:30pm
18 OCT 2022, TUE 8 – 9:30pm
19 OCT 2022, WED 8 – 9:30pm
20 OCT 2022, THU 8 – 9:30pm

Dress Week

23 OCT 2022, SUN 7 – 10pm
24 OCT 2022, MON 7 – 10pm
25 OCT 2022, TUE 7 – 10pm
26 OCT 2022, WED 7 – 10pm
27 OCT 2022, THU 7 – 10pm

Performances

28 OCT 2022, FRI 8 – 11pm
29 OCT 2022, SAT 8 – 11pm
4 NOV 2022, FRI 8 – 11pm
5 NOV 2022, SAT 8 – 11pm