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What is SpotLight's Critical Reviewer Program?

SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew. 

This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.

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Once- More than a one time show

Posted by Anna Wheeler on April 8, 2014 at 12:31pm 0 Comments

This past Tuesday I went to go see Once, the stage adaptation of the 2006 film. It was very different than any of the other shows I've seen at the Orpheum so far this year, but it was quite enjoyable. Once is set in Dublin and tells the story of a young Irish man and a Czech woman as they use music to help repair the holes in their lives.

One of the incredibly unique aspects of this show was that the cast doubled as the orchestra. All of the music was performed live onstage which really… Continue

Once: Truly a Once in a Lifetime Experience

Posted by Abilene Olson on April 6, 2014 at 9:49pm 0 Comments

     From the moment the house opens to the cast’s final bow,…



Posted by Allie Brown on April 6, 2014 at 12:05pm 0 Comments

    On Tuesday, April 1, I saw Once at the Orpheum theatre. I’d never seen the show or the movie before, so I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to see. Once is not the kind of musical I usually tend to love. However, I did really like it and it had many innovative aspects.

    I thought the plot of Once was very intriguing. I liked all the characters very much. The daughter, Ivanka, seemed a little big pointless because she was only in two scenes and I don’t remember her saying a…


ONCE is Enough For Me!

Posted by Ryan Lenard on April 5, 2014 at 1:45pm 0 Comments

By: Ryan Lenard

The winner of the 2013 “Grammy Award” Once took to the Orpheum stage. The production continues until Sunday April 6th, giving viewers a chance of seeing it similar to the name. The musical features an Irish man, named Guy, about to give up on his dream of becoming a musician, but then he meets a young Czech woman, named Girl. She falls in love…



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Are Critics Too Snobby?

Started by Dudley Voigt in Uncategorized May 17, 2012. 0 Replies

TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue

Critcizing the critics: Please may I quote your review

Started by Melissa Ferlaak in Uncategorized Jan 26, 2012. 0 Replies

Great article here to check out! :)…Continue


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