–Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice kicks off season this weekend-
Spotlight Playhouse announces its 2019-2020 season, showcasing the talents of the non-profit theater’s acting school and professional acting troupes, The Spotlight Players and The Bluegrass Players.
“We’ve added extra shows this year so we can offer a new show every weekend, from August through June,” said Chad Hembree, Executive Director of Spotlight Performing Arts, Inc. “Theater lovers of every genre will be excited to see our exciting line-up of musicals, dramas, comedies, and our popular mystery dinner theaters.”
The season includes audience favorites like Little Shop of Horrors, Dracula: The New World, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and The Wizard of Oz, as well as kid-friendly shows performed by Spotlight Acting School students like The Rainbow Fish Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr., Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs before Dark KIDS and Disney’s Frozen Jr. The playhouse will tour with Frog and Toad to area elementary schools. The season offers interactive mystery dinner shows, giving audiences the opportunity to dine and delight in themed performances. The Festival of Short Plays returns for its third year in March, with submissions from the public due in November. Shakespeare’s works will be featured in the season opener The Merchant of Venice as well as The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare (abridged). The season closes with the ever-popular Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
All ticket proceeds go to benefit the Spotlight Acting School and its mission to never turn a student away regardless of their available financial resources. The Spotlight Players and Bluegrass Players donate their time and talent toward the mission. Spotlight Playhouse seeks season and show sponsors and advertisers for its program copy, as well as in-kind and monetary donations to support this mission.
The playhouse is always searching for local talent and typically holds auditions for its shows 2-3 months prior to production. Auditions are announced at www.thespotlightplayhouse.com.
The theater is located at 214 Richmond Road and opens for seating 30 minutes before performances. Tickets range from $5-$12 per show and $25-$35 for dinner shows. Tickets are available by phone at (859) 756-0011, at the door or online at www.thespotlightplayhouse.com. Concessions are available on-site.
Spotlight Performing Arts, Inc. is a charitable organization created to promote, support and help fund the performing arts in Madison and surrounding counties. The show season features over 30 productions of local students and professionals ages 4 through adult. It includes two volunteer professional troupes, The Spotlight Players and The Bluegrass Players. For more information, to donate, or for a list of upcoming shows, visit www.thespotlightplayhouse.com.