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.)

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TUITION RATES, DISCOUNTS, or FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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.

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] 

Character Breakdown

  • AMELIA and ABIGAIL – Two bold geese sisters who rescue O’Malley from the river and lead the way out of the country back to Paris. These comedic characters sing a duet (but no solos), so cast solid singers and actors. It’s also important for Amelia and Abby to be able to move convincingly as geese. If you have a small cast, consider double casting them as Alley Cats in the opening number and for “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat.” Middle C# – C#, D (above middle C) – C#
  • DUCHESS – Elegant and nurturing mother of the Aristokittens. This leading role requires small group singing, but no solos, so cast your strongest actor and mover, rather than singer. Look for a mature actress who is able to convey a maternal figure. Try to audition Duchess hopefuls with O’Malleys and Aristokittens to see who works best together. Middle C – High Db
  • EDGAR – Villainous butler of Madame. He’s allergic to the pampered Aristocats and secretly hates tending to them. This leading part requires one of your strongest and most mature performers with excellent acting and singing skills. Cast an actor who can portray a believable sneeze, possesses excellent comic timing, and is unafraid to be mean. A (below middle C) – High Eb
  • MARIE – Spirited and sassy daughter of Duchess. She is the youngest child and a charmer just like her mother. Since she’s in the majority of the show and has a small singing solo, cast a stronger actor rather than singer. When auditioning, mix and match Aristokitten hopefuls into different trios to see who works best together. F# (above middle C) – B
  • SCAT CAT – Jazzy leader of the Alley Cat narrators. He or she is ultra hip and enjoys introducing the Aristocats to jazz music. Scat Cat leads the song “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat,” so cast a strong singer and smooth mover. When auditioning, look for a child that’s willing to go over-the-top on both movement and acting improvisations. The more creative and able to perform outside the box, the better. Scat Cat can be played by either a girl or boy. A (below middle C) – High C#
  • THE ALLEY CATS – HEP, MAD, SLICK and WACKY – Small acting parts, but are the glue that holds Disney’s THE ARISTOCATS KIDS together. These storytellers set up and comment on the action as well as execute the scene changes. These roles require actors with strong speaking voices who can focus onstage for long periods of time. They should also have good memories for the more complicated blocking of scene changes and transitions. Casting extra Alley Cats is a great way to use additional children you may have. Depending upon ability, they can take part in all or only some of the production numbers which call for the Alley Cats. Use some strong singers in these roles to help fill out the sound of the chorus. B (below middle C) – High C#
  • THOMAS O’MALLEY – Charming and charismatic lead alley cat. He lives as a free spirit with no attachments but secretly desires to be part of a family. This role requires a strong actor, singer, and mover. He should also be comfortable flirting with the actress playing Duchess. When auditioning, mix and match your O’Malley and Duchess hopefuls into different pairs and look for the best chemistry. The success of the show largely hinges on the energy of this leading cat so cast your strongest performer in this role. A (below middle C) – High D
  • TOULOUSE and BERLIOZ – Duchess’s sons. Since these Aristokittens are in the majority of the scenes but require little solo singing, cast two of your stronger actors who can sing well. Toulouse yearns to be seen as tougher than he is and has a small singing solo, so cast accordingly. Berlioz (a slight smaller part than Toulouse) requires no solo singing. If possible, the Aristokittens should be physically smaller than the Duchess. D (above middle C) – C
  • VICHY and SOISSE – Two privates in the dog army who report to General Napoleon. These are smaller acting roles that require good movers and solid singing voices appropriate for small group singing. If you have a small cast, consider double casting them as Alley Cats in the opening number and for “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat.” Middle C – C#

Spotlight Acting School is proud to offer Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love and loss this winter. This opportunity is open to an intergenerational cast and we will be diving head first into a hands-on understanding of the greatest of bards, William Shakespeare. Stunts will play a great role in this production with ample swordplay. Students and adults alike will be challenged each week with lessons, activities, and games in addition to rehearsing. 

All ages are welcome to audition from children to adults. The target age range is 14-18 with preferential casting being shown to students in this range. All students aged 14-18 will be cast appropriately before filling out the cast with other actors. This guarantee of casting does not have any bearing on the size of the role. All roles must be earned by merit. Actors outside of the 14-18 age range may not be cast if we have too many actors to stage the show, but that is highly unlikely due to the need for citizens, guards, the Capulet family, and the Montegue family.

Spotlight Acting School is a tuition-based institution of the performing arts for students aged 4-18. Full tuition is $85 per month. Many discounts are available as well as financial assistance. No student has ever been turned away due to purely financial reasons. Pre-enrollment is not required. Simply show up at the audition.

Adult participants do not enroll or pay tuition. However, all adults participating in a school production must follow school rules, be respectful, participate in class and rehearsal, and assist in helping the director pull the production together as needed. (Costumes, sets, props, etc.) We are here primarily for the students but having adults participate with them is a great experience and benefit for the students.

Everyone auditioning please prepare and memorize one of the monologues below.

If wanting to be considered for the leads please use one of these two.

ROMEO (Written as a 16yo boy)
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks, yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, ’tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!

JULIET (Written as a 13yo Girl)

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name.
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy:
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot
Nor arm nor face nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O be some other name.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.

For all other roles use one of these monologues:
(Non-gender specific – Pick any option you want)

NURSE (Easiest)
O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
Most lamentable day, most woeful day,
That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
Never was seen so black a day as this:
O woeful day, O woeful day!

PRINCE (Average difficulty for Shakespeare)
A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head:
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

PARIS (A little more challenging and wordy)
This is that banish’d haughty Montague,
That murder’d my love’s cousin, with which grief,
It is supposed, the fair creature died;
And here is come to do some villanous shame
To the dead bodies: I will apprehend him.
Stop thy unhallow’d toil, vile Montague!
Can vengeance be pursued further than death?
Condemned villain, I do apprehend thee:
Obey, and go with me; for thou must die.

FIRST WATCHMAN (Same difficulty as PARIS)
The ground is bloody; search about the churchyard:
Go, some of you, whoe’er you find attach.
Pitiful sight! here lies the county slain,
And Juliet bleeding, warm, and newly dead,
Who here hath lain these two days buried.
Go, tell the prince: run to the Capulets:
Raise up the Montagues: some others search:
We see the ground whereon these woes do lie;
But the true ground of all these piteous woes
We cannot without circumstance descry.

Rehearsals:
Saturdays 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
(Dec 17 – Apr 29 except multiple Holidays & Spotlight Spring Break)

Dress week: May 1-4

Performances: May 5-7

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.

Both casts will rehearse together 4:30pm-6:00pm (1.5hrs) We may shorten to 1 hour some Saturdays depending on performances.

Blue and Purple Cast both perform the same weekend.

Blue and Purple Dress rehearsals are Saturday-Thursday (Mar 18-22)

Blue Performances are Thursday Mar 23, Saturday Mar 25, and Sunday Mar 26.

Purple Performances are Friday Mar 24, Saturday Mar 25, and Sunday Mar 26.

CharacterBlue CastPurple Cast
Edward FairfaxTheodore McPhersonTheodore McPherson
Blanche FairfaxAva MitchellElizabeth Tait
Audrey RochesterAdelyn ShearerPaeylyn Miller
Stanley LarsonSawyer FrenchSawyer French
Albert BrightmanLogan BruhnLogan Bruhn
Ingrid BrightmanCaroline ShearerSophie Tatum
Mr. XColten AmburgeyColten Amburgey
Mrs. CliffordGrace GibbonsMackenzie Adkins
BasilRobyn NutterLandon Seale
HeimlichAdrian MaysMax Williams
Greta WhyteSydney RaySydney Ray
Beth MorganAnaeity McPhersonAnaeity McPherson
Lavinia CrawfordMila MarcumBee Mohler
Mr. RogersJamie BoggsEdwin Tait
CathyEmma RussellAdalynn Coleman
Fred FrumpetAdrian MaysMax Williams
PatriciaSienna PrattKellie Kendrick
Lois BanksJanelle NutterMarsha Threlkeld
Miranda BanksMila MarcumBee Mohler
Myrna WertherSusan ColemanSusan Coleman
Chief WickfieldKai KukasGannon Stearns
Lt. DorritAvery BoggsTiffany Reed
Sgt. O’DoyleHailey HensleyHazel Cooper
Elanor BlackSienna PrattKellie Kendrick
Philip ThortonAdalynn ColemanLee Estes
Emma ReidBrookelyn LefflerEmma Schat

 

CHARACTERS

WALT

BLUE

Matt Cooper

PURPLE

Jeremy Grant

RENEJazzlyn ThrelkeldDaesha Miller
GLUMPWART 1Anaeity McPhersonGillian Grant
GLUMPWART 2Makenzie MullinsEva Hendren
GLUMPWART 3Addyson MullinsAlaina Hendren
GLUMPWART 4Hadley MullinsNora Brosius
WITCHKyrsten DaughertyDiana Brosius
KING*Chad Hembree*Chad Hembree
QUEEN*Susan Coleman*Susan Coleman
BUMPUS*Elizabeth Tait*Elizabeth Tait
MARKIE*Adalynn Coleman*Adalynn Coleman
LLEWELLYNAlina FanshierDylan Maynard
RAPUNZELSydney RaySydney Hall
PARSLEYPaula DavisKatie Howard
ROSEMARYGinni FairJanelle Nutter
THYMEMarsha Tincher-ThrelkeldDana Hendren
SIR SQUASHLYKenedee FairMJ Nutter
SIR NORT*Sienna Pratt*Sienna Pratt
SIR NASEUM*Xanthe Pratt*Xanthe Pratt
SAMJenna FairRobyn Nutter
CRAMHazel CooperPaelyn Miller
SPAM*Adalynn Coleman*Adalynn Coleman

*In both casts

Both casts will rehearse together.