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Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 9-14

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Friday, Sept 20  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Sept 21  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 22  –  2:00 pm

Friday, Sept 27  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Sept 28  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 29 –  2:00 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

Finally: A Broadway Revue

Presented by the Spotlight Players

Finally, many of our Spotlight Players are getting to perform songs from their most beloved musicals. That is the premise for this fun-filled evening of musical storytelling, as our very own Spotlight Players present songs they have always wanted to perform on stage but never had the chance to sing before. Created and directed by veteran Spotlight Player and Morehead State University Theater Graduate Kyrsten Daugherty, this show will kick off the Spotlight 2019/2020 season with a new experience for the audience and performers alike.

Friday, Sept 20  –  8 pm
Saturday, Sept 21  –  8 pm
Sunday, Sept 22  –  3:30 pm

Friday, Sept 27  –  8 pm
Saturday, Sept 28  –  8 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

The Drowsy Chaperone

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone features one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Friday, Sept 6  –  8 pm
Saturday, Sept 7  –  8 pm
Sunday, Sept 8  –  2 pm

Friday, Sept 13  –  8 pm
Saturday, Sept 14  –  8 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

Finally: A Broadway Revue

Presented by the Spotlight Players

Finally, many of our Spotlight Players are getting to perform songs from their most beloved musicals. That is the premise for this fun-filled evening of musical storytelling, as our very own Spotlight Players present songs they have always wanted to perform on stage but never had the chance to sing before. Created and directed by veteran Spotlight Player and Morehead State University Theater Graduate Kyrsten Daugherty, this show will kick off the Spotlight 2019/2020 season with a new experience for the audience and performers alike.

Friday, Sept 20  –  8 pm
Saturday, Sept 21  –  8 pm
Sunday, Sept 22  –  3:30 pm

Friday, Sept 27  –  8 pm
Saturday, Sept 28  –  8 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

Frog and Toad Theater for Young Audiences

Presented by the Spotlight Players

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score of Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical, perfect for introducing theatre to youngsters while keeping adults entertained, as well.

Friday,  Aug 30  –  6:30 pm
Saturday,  Aug 31  –  6:30 pm

Travel Dates: Sept. 3,4,5,10,11,12

The Spotlight Playhouse

Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 9-14

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Friday, Sept 20  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Sept 21  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 22  –  2:00 pm

Friday, Sept 27  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Sept 28  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 29 –  2:00 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

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

The Drowsy Chaperone

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone features one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Friday, Sept 6  –  8 pm
Saturday, Sept 7  –  8 pm
Sunday, Sept 8  –  2 pm

Friday, Sept 13  –  8 pm
Saturday, Sept 14  –  8 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

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

Frog and Toad Theater for Young Audiences

Presented by the Spotlight Players

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score of Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical, perfect for introducing theatre to youngsters while keeping adults entertained, as well.

Friday,  Aug 30  –  6:30 pm
Saturday,  Aug 31  –  6:30 pm

Travel Dates: Sept. 3,4,5,10,11,12

The Spotlight Playhouse

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

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

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 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 Officially Opens Park Expansion and Skate Park

Berea officially opens the much anticipated City Park expansion featuring a modern Skate Park.  Many were in attendance today as the Berea Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony started off the afternoon of fun and food. Maggy Kriebel, Director of Berea Parks and Recreation, was on hand to organize and manage the event.  I was particularly impressed with Maggy’s obvious rapport with youth that came to celebrate the opening.

Maggie Kriebel with participants
Maggie Kriebel, Director Berea Parks

When  Ms. Kriebel annonced the event was about to begin I thought to myself it will take a while to turn the chaos of what is a skate park into an organized effort, but the minute she called out the participants were drawn to her attentively focused. Maggie then proceeded to explain that this park belongs to you, the skaters,  as citizens of Berea turning ownership of the day over to these inspired youth.  I don’t know how you do it Maggie, but cudos!

Mayor Steve Connelly on the Mic
Mayor Steve Connelly Officiates

The Mayor, Steve Connelly,  officiated the event thanking all those in attendance and all those responsible for this day.  Several other dignitaries were present along with some honored guest.  The Berea City Council was proudly represented by Greg Lakes, Ronnie Terrill and Troy VanWinkle.  I was surprised by such a low turnout of council members, but then it did occur to me that this is summer vacation time for many busy families.  Magistrate Larry Combs made an appearance as did the County Clerk hopeful, Democratic Candidate Lisa Davis.

Randy Stone and Donna Angel
Randy Stone and Donna Angel

The city was also represented by City Administrator Randy Stone and  Magnificent Maggie Kriebel.  (Attend one Council meeting when she speaks and you’ll understand the name.  No one can fake that much enthusiasm.)  Other honored guest included the Berea Chamber of Commerce Director David Rowlette, Donna Angel of Community Trust Bank and project visionaries Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman and her husband Jim Hartman who have been pushing for this park for fifteen years.

Emogene Hogg-Hartman
Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman

Kyle Sowers provided sound services for the event, adding music to the already fun day.  Free hot dogs and cold water were offered to all in attendance as well.   The park itself was designed and built by Spohn Ranch out of Los Angeles, CA.  The skate park installation took three days to complete and opened to the public on March 17, 2010.  Spohn Ranch is the famed builder of the X-Games and have built more than 450 skake parks across the United States.  Using the latest in skate park design the skate park elements were brought in by truck and set by crane into place.

Nice Ramp
Berea Skate Park

The Parks features include:

  • Quarter Pipe with Guardrail
  • Speedramp
  • Funbox with filled Corners, Stairs and Grind Rail
  • Parking Grind Curb
  • L.A. High wall with brick texture
  • Manual Pad
  • Curved grind edge
  • Taco Grind Rail
  • Raked Grind Rail

All in all this was a city gathering at its best with a focus on our greatest asset,  our youth.

Be sure to checkout the BereaOnline Picture Story of the Park opening as well.

Story and Photos by Chad Hembree
Special Thanks to Rhonda McIntyre

Berea Independence Day Celebration 2010

This year’s Independence Day celebration at the Berea Community Park was more fun than a Barrel-of-Monkeys. I cannot imagine a better place to take the family and celebrate the birth of our great nation. Oh sure, you could go to Independence Hall, Washington DC or a host of other historically sentimental locations, but what better represents the true culture and spirit of The United States of America than a small hometown celebration.

Damon Farmer, Daniel Boone
Damon Farmer, Daniel Boone

As has become the tradition, Berea native artist extraordinaire, Damon Farmer was on hand crafting another terrific sand sculpture. This year’s subject was the legendary Daniel Boone with his family and the final project was everything we have come to expect from Damon. Continue reading Berea Independence Day Celebration 2010