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The History of Dating Cast List 2019

Blue Character Purple
Brady Sexton Professor Curio Brady Sexton
Jessica Stone Professor Amore’ Lily Brooke Pearson
Austin Jacobson Man Silas Cornette
Delani Reynolds Woman Sydney Garrett
Wes Stokes Waiter Will Harter
Hunter Enciu Alpha Male Hunter Enciu
Ty Cain Beta Male Ty Cain
Bethany Johnson Females Hannah Patten
Hadley O’Bryan Callie Harris
Wes Stokes Egyptian Father Will Harter
Kylie Hammonds Egyptian Daughter Kylie Hammonds
Hunter Enciu Greek Man Hunter Enciu
Irene Kazee Greek Woman Irene Kazee
Delani Reynolds Greek Woman 2 Sydney Garrett
Jenna Briggs Greek Woman 3 Jenna Briggs
Greek Woman 4
Wes Stokes Olmec Man Will Harter
Austin Jacobson Olmec Man 2 Silas Cornette
Bethany Johnson Olmec Woman Callie Harris
Kylie Hammonds Olmec Woman 2 Kylie Hammonds
Hadley O’Bryan Olmec Woman 3 Hannah Patten
Delani Reynolds Roman Woman Sydney Garrett
Jenna Briggs Roman Woman 2 Jenna Briggs
Irene Kazee Roman Woman 3 Irene Kazee
Hunter Enciu Mongolian Man Hunter Enciu
Austin Jacobson Medieval Man Silas Cornette
Jenna Briggs Medieval Woman Jenna Briggs
Bethany Johnson Messenger Callie Harris
Ty Cain Colonial Man Ty Cain
Delani Reynolds Colonial Woman Sydney Garrett
Puritan Man
Puritan Woman
Hunter Enciu Colonial Man 2 Hunter Enciu
Irene Kazee Colonial Woman 2 Irene Kazee
Wes Stokes Colonial Man 3 Will Harter
Hadley O’Bryan Colonial Woman 3 Hannah Patten
Austin Jacobson Villain Silas Cornette
Bethany Johnson Heroine Callie Harris
Hunter Enciu Hero Hunter Enciu
Pony Express
Hadley O’Bryan Flapper Hannah Patten
Irene Kazee Suffragette Irene Kazee
Kylie Hammonds Sadie Hawkins Kylie Hammonds
Wes Stokes Fella Will Harter
Austin Jacobson Fella 2 Silas Cornette
Ty Cain Fella 3 Ty Cain
Jenna Briggs Cheerleader Jenna Briggs
Delani Reynolds Cheerleader 2 Sydney Garrett
Bethany Johnson Cheerleader 3 Callie Harris
Cheerleader 4
Austin Jacobson Greaser Silas Cornette
Wes Stokes Hippie Man Will Harter
Irene Kazee Hippie Woman Irene Kazee
Eighties Man
Eighties Woman
Ty Cain Digital Man Ty Cain
Hunter Enciu Bro Hunter Enciu
Hadley O’Bryan Digital Woman Hannah Patten
Kylie Hammonds Bestie Kylie Hammonds
Male Avatar
Female Avatar
Speed Dating Host
Ty Cain Cave Man Ty Cain
Hadley O’Bryan Cave Woman Hannah Patten
Austin Jacobson Egyptian Man Silas Cornette
Kylie Hammonds Egyptian Woman Kylie Hammonds
Ty Cain Roman Man Ty Cain
Roman Seer
Bethany Johnson Wild West Woman Callie Harris
Hunter Enciu Wild West Man Hunter Enciu
Eighties Dude
Eighties Dudette
Ty Cain Chat Room Man Ty Cain
Hadley O’Bryan Chat Room Woman Hannah Patten
Delani Reynolds Speed Dating Cheerleader Sydney Garrett
Hadley O’Bryan Speed Dating Colonial Woman Hannah Patten

STARS – Spotlight Theatrical Arts Repertoire School


Stars Application

STARS Audition Form

STARS enrollment Form

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.


Students must meet the following requirements before being considered for the audition

  1. A recommendation letter from a Spotlight or Public School Theater or Music Director
  2. A 100-word short essay about why you should be in the STARS program. (Younger Students may dictate)

I. Drama:

After being accepted as a candidate the student audition will include the following:

  1. A personal question session on why the student thinks he or she belongs in the program and how their presence will benefit them and the program.
  2. Present a Monologue.  All monologues must be chosen from a preselected list of approved material or gain approval from the STARS director before the audition.  We have monologues for all levels and ages.

II. Musical Theater

The Audition will include the following:

  1. A Personal question session on why the student thinks they belong in the program and how their presence will benefit them and the program.
  2. Present a Monologue.  All monologues must be chosen from a preselected list of approved material or gain approval from the STARS director before the audition.  We have monologues for all levels and ages.
  3. Present a Song. The song must be from a  show and fit the following guidelines.

Monologue and Song requirements:

  • must be memorized
  • needs to be suitable for family viewing or listening
  • Any song should come from a contemporary or standard musical.


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 is funded through tuition. This program is not eligible for financial aid; however, the Spotlight Acting School portion of the tuition may be eligible for assistance.  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 expense then additional funding will be required, but that is very unlikely. 

 All students will learn together regardless of their audition track.
Classes will be offered twice each week. A  personal growth session will be offered to students once a quarter (parents welcome).  Jurys, Cabarets, and recitals will be held on Monday evenings.

Students will be juried regularly and will be required to perform, compete, and present recitals. Gaining access to the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts will be a continued goal of achievement for every older student and will, therefore, offer huge scholarship benefits up to full tuition at over 30 top-rated universities. All students will be card-carrying members of KTA (The Kentucky Theatrical Association) and participate in festivals and conferences. Traveling will be required and students must pre-arrange with their schools and employers for absences. Spotlight will provide any necessary paperwork to support the educational value of these absences.

Additional Benefits:
After school work/study opportunities, field trips, campus tours, arranged visits with college directors, college application and scholarship workshops,  and social gatherings.  More info

STARS Schedule Spring Semester 2020 (Updated 1/1/20)

February – June 2020

Private Lessons

Slots available Weekdays and Saturdays
(Acting, Voice, Musical Theater) 

STARS Classes

STARS  Class
Saturday 11:30am – 12:30am

STARS Advanced Class
Saturday 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Monday 3:30pm – 5:30pm

STARS Advisory
Saturday  7:30am – 8:30am


Cabaret evenings are open to the public and usually occur on Mondays. They will feature what the STARS Students are learning in classes, labs and private lessons.

Students taking private lessons will periodically be required to perform what they have learned. These recitals usually occur on Mondays.

No competitions or traveling shows have been scheduled at this point.


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!

Do Something Creative Everyday

For those of you that are justing joining us here at Spotlight Acting School, you may  not know that a famous motto we have here, from Spotlight’s founder, is, “Do something creative everyday.”

This is something that many artistic children do naturally anyways, but students at Spotlight are particularly encourage to let their inner creativity out!

Since summer is coming to an end this week for most of our students and our semester begins this Saturday with auditions for Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland and next Saturday for Cinderella and Arsenic and Old Lace, I thought it would be a good time to share some creativity that has happened over the summer with some staff and some of our students!

Sarah Bucknam

As a director here at Spotlight, Sarah typically stays busy all the time. Seriously, she is one busy bee. On top of Shrek the Musical, the multiple camps we’ve had this summer, and directing You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Sarah has also been very active with her photography business! In case you didn’t know Sarah is the creator and owner of Pretty Pixels Photography, where she takes all kind of photos, from weddings to dress rehearsals to family portraits! In fact, some of Sarah’s photography made it in the Kentucky Living magazine!

“Pretty Pixels Photography gives me the chance to be creative! I am pleased to say that I have done something creative EVERY DAY this summer.” -Sarah


The Perkins’ Family

You might have seen Caraline on stage before in shows such as, Little Mermaid, Jungle Book, Aristocats, Peter Pan, Shrek, and upcoming in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. This summer her little brother and sister, Zach and Lainey, joined Spotlight with Oh Those Summer Nights. On top of having cupcake competitions to making movies this summer, this bunch loves to perform so much they decided they wanted a stage in their backyard. If that’s not creative, I’m not sure what is!


Katie U.

Earlier this summer you may have seen Katie onstage singing about how Farquaad’s guards blew her condos down in Shrek the Musical and then in Oh Those Summer Nights, but the fun didn’t stop there. In fact, Katie went to MADD Camp (Music, Arts, Drama and Dance), where she got to learn and express her creativity for an entire week!


Chad & Letha Hembree

Chad and Letha Hembree are pretty much creative all the time. They kind of have to be, being the owners of Spotlight Acting School. They have had an eventful summer, from Shrek the Musical, to Oh Those Summer Nights, to the multiple camps, to planning and preparing for this semester. There’s been a lot of creativity going on in the Hembree household. Even on their vacation in Florida they were hard at work, researching and participating in mystery dinners.


Yes, this is Mr. Chad participating in a dinner show.

Katie W.

Katie W. was also in Shrek the Musical hitting those wicked notes as the Dragon. Not long after Shrek ended, Katie packed her bags for three weeks to participate in Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. Katie looked like she had a blast!



Karlie has had an eventful summer! After traveling across the country she visited the Oregon Film Museum and was a cowgirl out west! Karlie didn’t have to go too far to be artsy though. Just in her backyard she made a birdhouse for her clubhouse and colorful lanterns out of tin cans.




Gwen sang about being “too off the wall” in Shrek the Musical this summer as Humpty Dumpty. I think her choice in hair color is just fine…in fact I think it’s awesome! As soon as Shrek was over, Gwen dyed her hair BLUE (and a gorgeous shade of blue, I may add).


Brandi (Me)

I have had a lot of fun this summer with directing or being involved with all of our productions here at Spotlight. Something creative I like to do outside of Spotlight is crochet. I love making scarves, blankets, dishcloths, accessories, and this summer a couple of photo props for Pretty Pixels Photography! One of my favorite things I have crocheted this summer has to be this baby blanket I made for a good friend.



This summer Critley has had the opportunity to not only be involved with several of Spotlight’s productions, but she has also gotten a job writing for the Berea Citizen. She does a great job covering local news in our community!

“It gives it a chance to use the other part of my degree, English! New’s and writing has always been something I’ve loved. I even used to publish a family newspaper when I was 9 . I would collect family stories, birthdays and events . Then I would print them and deliver them to my family months. So I guess you could say I’m back to my roots!”


With our semester starting on Saturday I am excited to hear more stories about how our students spent their summer creatively. I bet if I had a list of every single student that did something artsy then I could write a whole book! I love our students and how artistic and talented they are, thus I am looking forward to another fantastic semester at Spotlight Acting School!