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Spotlight Playhouse Announces 2019-2020 Season

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.”

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The Merchant of Venice

Presented by The Spotlight Players

Shylock asks for a pound of flesh as part of a loan contract (weird), Bassanio agrees to it (weirder), and Portia saves the day by cross-dressing and pretending to practice the law (perfectly normal).

Friday, Aug 2  –  8pm
Saturday, Aug 3  –  8 pm
Sunday, Aug 4  –  2:00 pm

Friday, Aug 9  –  8 pm
Saturday, Aug 10  –  8 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

Murder at the Halfway House, conclusion

Jadon Gibson

Deputy Charlie Cecil of the Bell County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Department, led a posse comprised of Lee Turner, Lew Mayes and Dave Bull in a search for Will and Alex Combs in October of 1898. The brothers were wanted for the murder of “Wild Bill” Turner, owner of the Halfway House, a loosely-run roadhouse. It was frequented by coal miners going to and from the Mingo Hollow Mine, near the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

The search slowed before the posse found the area where the brothers `doubled back’ in an effort to lose their trackers. After several hours the trail led them to a section near the Bell County and Knox County line.

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10th Berea Celtic Fest to be celebrated with new CD

It is now ten years ago, Berea Celtic Fest welcomed its first musicians for what has become a popular and significant gathering in this region. Over the years, singers , dancers and musicians and other good people from more than fifteen states and the British Isles have participated in valuable sessions, exciting presentations, educational and historical workshops and great concerts for the local people and visitors of all walks of life. 

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Murder at the Halfway House

Jadon Gibson

Times were hard in Middlesborough, Kentucky, and the tri-state area in the late 1890’s. The city had grown from a smattering of three or four dwellings to a population approaching 10,000.  There were educated and skilled workers as well as common laborers.  Law abiding newcomers came to the fledgling city but there were the untrustworthy too. 

A series of bank failures halted the rags-to-riches boom and many of the projects that were started by Alexander Arthur, the American Association and others were abandoned.

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Book Signing

Local Author Martin Ramsay will be signing his latest book The Possum Principles on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Berea Coffee & Tea Co.

If you’re in the area, come by and get a copy of the book for a discounted price.

Berea Coffee & Tea is a fitting location for the signing because it is the inspiration for Pemberley, a business mentioned briefly in The Possum Principles, and one that figures more prominently in the sequel, The Catalpa Club.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by advanced students Age 14-18

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

Friday, Aug 16  –  8 pm
Saturday, Aug 17  –  8 pm
Sunday, Aug 18 –  2 pm

Friday, Aug 23 –  8 pm
Saturday, Aug 24  –  8 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

24 hours with Gen. John Hunt Morgan

Jadon Gibson

Confederate cavalry officer John Haps was totally spent and went to sleep with his horse’s bridle rein in hand.

   “I was sleeping soundly on the banks of the Ohio River at a place called Buffington Island; sleeping as soundly as a babe in mama’s arms. I was awakened suddenly by a strange sound. I had heard a groan where a horse and rider had fallen into an old cellar that was overgrown with weeds. Just as quickly my attention was drawn away where I saw men riding their horses as fast as they could…running toward haystacks a few hundred yards away. I looked toward the river (Ohio) and saw a gunboat and it was throwing shells over my head toward the fleeing horsemen.“

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The Rainbow Fish Musical

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School.

Performed by students age 4-9.

Everybody loves the international bestseller and award-winning book, The Rainbow Fish, with its wonderful message of friendship and belonging. Now the magical, colorful world of the deep blue sea comes to life on stage! This large-cast musical features a variety of charming school and sea-creature characters who admire the famous Rainbow Fish, the most beautiful fish in all the ocean. With a bubbly, energetic score and a script that invites wonderful creativity and flexibility, the universal message at the heart of this one-of-a-kind musical becomes much more than just a simple children’s story.

Friday, Aug 9  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 10  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Aug 11  –  2:00 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

The Woes of Fanny Dickenson Scott, conclusion

Jadon Gibson

Fanny Dickenson Scott escaped from her Indian captors in what is now Ohio and it took her nearly a painstaking month to find her way back to her own people.

She had been captured by Indians after her husband Archibald Scott and their four children were killed during an assault on their fort-house June 29, 1785. After looting the home the Indians traveled northward for eleven days with only few stops for sleep and rest.

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The Merchant of Venice

Presented by The Spotlight Players

Shylock asks for a pound of flesh as part of a loan contract (weird), Bassanio agrees to it (weirder), and Portia saves the day by cross-dressing and pretending to practice the law (perfectly normal).

Friday, Aug 2  –  8pm
Saturday, Aug 3  –  8 pm
Sunday, Aug 4  –  2:00 pm

Friday, Aug 9  –  8 pm
Saturday, Aug 10  –  8 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

Berea College to Host Open House at Woodworking School at Pine Croft

Berea College invites the public to an open house at the Woodworking School at Pine Croft, Saturday, July 13, from 10am-1pm. The open house event will provide information about the upcoming classes and an opportunity to meet the staff. Andy Glenn, Berea College’s director of Woodcraft and the head of the Woodworking School at Pine Croft, will demonstrate woodworking techniques and be available for questions during the event.

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