These three young women shared with us a few of the things they’ve learned during their time with Spotlight Youth Theater. We’ll definitely miss them on the stage, but they are a part of the Spotlight family forever :-)
Hannah has been a part of Spotlight for 3 years and has performed in 7 shows. She graduated this fall by playing Frog in Kenosha’s production of Frog and Toad.
We asked Hannah what life lessons she learned while being a part of Spotlight…
Any part is what you make of it! If you choose to make the part amazing then it will be amazing no matter how big or small!
I am graduating with NW Cook’s Tom Sawyer but my first show was last Fall. I had decided (very last minute) to join Spotlight during my gap year between high school and college. I thought it would just be something fun to do with friends, but little did I know spotlight would give me much more than good memories. A couple weeks ago I attended an open mic night that my younger sister and her band were playing at. When we got there, my sister suggested that my friend and I signup last minute and sing a duet. I would have never in a thousand years agreed to do it if Spotlight hadn’t shown me my love for performing and given me confidence in my voice. I can’t thank Spotlight and the people who touched my life through it enough.
I graduated from spotlight following the winter show in Oak Park in 2013, and since then, I have had quite a bit of insight into how much my life was shaped by ‘The Little County That Could.’ When we first began doing shows, we had no HYPE, no leadership teams; we didn’t even have the sibling system until a few shows in. That meant that, simply because I was older than most there, I was automatically viewed as a leader among the students. And when I first started spotlight, my behavior both around students and on social media was unacceptable. Thankfully, the parents within my county loved me enough to hold me accountable to my actions. They called me out on questionable Facebook posts, confronted me about the vocabulary I used, and lived their lives as an example of how I should live my own. There were moments when I hated those who called me out on my bad judgment, times where I was stubborn and refused to change. But now I see so clearly how God intended me to live my life as a leader, and I have the training to go forth from here. Thank you, Oak Park.
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12 year old cancer survivor becomes star on the stage
Click the above link to watch a news segment on the incredible survivor story from Luke Hentzell!
Luke is in the cast of Oliver! in Spotlight Milwaukee and has been an inspiration to the entire cast and crew!
Way to go Luke!
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A few things to know….
- He was born in 1948 in New York City
- He studied music at Julliard while he was in High School
- He earned his BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University
- He has composed or written lyrics for over 20 stage musicals and movies
- He spells his name with a PH not a V
Here are some of the Shows that might be featured in this Summer’s Overnight Camps!!…
This musical is largely based on the Gospel of Matthew and features stories and modern musical numbers that take their lyrics from parables and text from the bible.
Popular songs that you may know: Day By Day and Light of the World
This show follows a performance troupe lead by the Leading Player as they tell the story of a young prince who is searching for meaning and significance in his life.
Popular songs that you may know: Corner of the Sky and Magic to Do
CHILDREN OF EDEN
This musical is based on the book of Genesis. The first act follows the story of Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel. The second act tells the story of Noah and the Flood.
Popular songs that you may know: The Spark of Creation and In Whatever Time We Have
Wicked tells the story of what happened in Oz before Dorothy dropped in!
Popular songs that you may know: Defying Gravity and Popular….let’s be honest… you probably have the entire soundtrack memorized :-)
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT
This is an animated film that follows the life of Moses as told through the book of Exodus.
Popular songs that you may know: When You Believe and Deliver Us
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Do you ever walk on stage into a scene and feel like you’ve been there before?
Well, you might be right!
Take a look at these two back drops that have been used in multiple productions!
You can see the arches this weekend in Kenosha in Wizard of Oz!
This creepy cave back drop has been the background to many an evil lair!
More to come on the next Throwback Thursday entry!!!
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Doing your homework in the green room while dressed like a forest animal.
Taking a pic in the dressing room mirror with your friends.
Taking a selfie in your full hair and makeup.
Posting those pics on instagram. #techweek
Getting closer to your cast mates and forming lifelong bonds.
Missing a cue and trying to sneak on stage without anyone noticing.
Realizing your mic is still on after the scene is over.
The rectangle void of makeup on your face after you take your mic off.
Actually finishing a run through during tech week.
Swearing you won’t eat fast food exclusively… then doing it anyway.
Knowing you can actually get a haircut in one week.
What is this “Sleep” you speak of?
…Oh my goodnes… am I getting sick???
Does this fat suit make me look fat?
“FIND YOUR LIGHT!”
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