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FRINGE: Growing Into My Beard

Posted by Ryan Lenard on July 31, 2015 at 4:10pm 0 Comments

        Beginning his one man show of “Growing Into My Beard” for the 2015 Fringe Festival, Bay Bryan walked down the center isle singing and only wearing a long green scarf resembling a beard and a pair of underwear. Once finished with his song, we as an audience were hit with a hilarious and song filled story of Bryan’s love life in Scotland, his auditions for shows in New York, and his life of growing up “a ginger” in Colorado. Bryan was obviously a red head and he didn’t try to hide it,…


Why Now?

Posted by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on July 30, 2015 at 1:46pm 0 Comments

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein

Kinky Boots 

Why Now?

When you are in a room full of teenagers who want to change the world for the better, the talk about society and rights of other people is always a repetitive topic. Now, when you are with teenagers and they do want to change the world and are also obsessed…


Everybody Say "Yeah" for Kinky Boots

Posted by Laura Wyatt on July 29, 2015 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

I didn’t really have any expectations as I walked into the Orpheum Theater on July 28th. All I knew was that Kinky Boots was about a lot more that shoes. It turns out that there is even more than I thought to this musical, and the audience can leave with a feeling of empowerment to accept others for who they are. The show runs until Sunday, August 2nd…



Posted by Karen Kenison on June 26, 2015 at 5:34pm 0 Comments

As soon as you enter the theater for Once it is clear that this is a different kind of show from the rest of the Broadway season. When you enter the theater, instead of a still stage, the stage is alive with the actors having a jam session. In addition the audience is allowed to mill around onstage, which creates an entirely new atmosphere for the theater. The lights slowly fade out as the music continues until it is completely dark and the play…



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Dirty Dancing

Started by Zoë Makila in Uncategorized Oct 10, 2014. 0 Replies

Do you think Dirty Dancing the stage play would work as a stand alone? I'm curious if you think it's strong enough and has enough of a plot by itself to carry people through without having seen the…Continue

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


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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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