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DeCeased Disaster – An Online Murder Mystery

All the STARS students will be participating in on last entirely online project before returning to class on July 11th.

This online murder mystery is being shot as a detective-style drama with each STARS student playing the role of a suspect.

STARS must create a character background, name, and any other details by June 11.  Send it to Mr. Chad Mr. Chad will inform the murderer who they are and only they will know.  Everyone else will need to come up with an alibi and the character’s stories will be blended together at the next STARS Lab June 15.

The recording will take place online with each individual student then edited together.

The scenario is:

Mr. DeCeased is hosting his annual Halloween costume party. About halfway through the party Mr. DeCecease disappears.  The costumed patrons slowly say their goodbyes and leave. The last patron looks for Mr DeCeased and does not find him, so they assume he may be in the bathroom and lock the door behind them when they leave.  The next morning the maid finds Mr. DeCeased’s body and calls the police.  Each suspect is interviewed by the detective, but only one of them is guilty. Who is it? Why did they do it? Only Mr. DeCeased and the murder know the answer.


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.