The renowned Spotlight Playhouse is thrilled to announce auditions for its upcoming dinner show production, “Mystery at Monarch Manor”. This isn’t just any production; it’s a world premiere penned by local playwright Chad Hembree. As the curtains rise once again, this production holds a special place in the heart of the Spotlight community, marking a significant milestone in its illustrious journey.

Set amidst the grandeur of an extravagant dinner event, “Mystery at Monarch Manor” weaves a tale of suspense, ambition, and age-old secrets. The story unfolds as Dr. Shelby Stoker, a charismatic archaeologist, unveils the fabled Wishstone, an artifact believed to grant its possessor a single wish. But as the night deepens, Dr. Shelby’s life is tragically cut short, leaving behind a room filled with potential culprits, each inspired by the iconic Universal Monsters. From the enigmatic Drake Ula to the nature-bound Luna Wolf, each character harbors their own desires for the Wishstone, setting the stage for a thrilling investigation led by the astute Detective Riley Noir.

But beyond its gripping narrative, the production of “Mystery at Monarch Manor” signifies a historic moment for The Spotlight Playhouse. Celebrating its 20th season, this dinner show marks the Playhouse’s first since 2019, before the unforeseen halt brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The dinner shows, a cherished tradition of the Playhouse, were renowned for their immersive experience, drawing audiences into a world of drama, intrigue, and culinary delight. Their return is not just a revival of a beloved format but a testament to the Playhouse’s resilience and commitment to the arts.

Mr. Chad, the Executive Director of The Spotlight Playhouse, reflects on this momentous occasion, “Our dinner shows have always been a cornerstone of what we offer to our community. Their absence was deeply felt. Bringing them back, especially with a production as rich as ‘Mystery at Monarch Manor’, feels like a homecoming. It’s a celebration of our legacy, our resilience, and our unwavering passion for theatre.”

Auditions for “Mystery at Monarch Manor” are slated for August 17 at 7:30 pm at The Spotlight Playhouse, located at 214 Richmond Road, Berea, KY. Aspiring actors aged 16 and above, both seasoned and newcomers, are invited to be a part of this historic production. With a plot that promises twists and turns, and a legacy that speaks of triumph over adversity, this is an opportunity to be part of a performance that will be etched in the annals of Spotlight’s history.

For more details, interested individuals can reach out to Mr. Chad at 859-661-0600 or visit Mystery at Monarch Manor – An Interactive Dinner Show (Aug 17th, 7:30pm) BGP