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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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The New Electric Ballroom Review

Posted by Karina Strom on September 14, 2014 at 6:57pm 0 Comments

The New Electric Ballroom

Karina Strom

                                                            A New Electric Drama

            Edna’s Walsh’s ‘The New Electric Ballroom’ at the New Century Theater on Friday night challenged the audience’s everyday perception of depression throughout your life and life itself. Through only four characters, Patsy (Patrick Bailey) the local fisherman who seems to be trapped in his own ways and everyday life, Ada (Virginia Burke), the…


The Book of Mormon

Posted by Christopher Cartwright on September 6, 2014 at 10:54pm 0 Comments

After seeing The Book of Mormon, we had the incredible opportunity to talk with several of the cast members. I was most interested in figuring out what makes national tours different from a show that stays in one place. I learned that it's kind of a crazy process. They talked all about how travelling from place to place is really fun, but it's also quite stressful -- Trying to find a place to stay, moving in and loading up, tearing down, dealing with different performance spaces and…


Mormons React to The Book of Mormon

Posted by Olivia Skjervold on September 6, 2014 at 5:14pm 0 Comments

Olivia Skjervold

The Book of Mormon

Mormons React to “The Book of Mormon”


Opening my playbill of the critically acclaimed and tony award winning musical, The Book of Mormon, by the creators of South Park and known for its offensive content and mocking portrayal of religion, I was astonished to discover, not one, not two, but three full page ads promoting Mormonism itself. It seemed like an ironic joke to see the title page of The Book of…


Racist or Satirical?

Posted by Jane Pena on September 4, 2014 at 10:58pm 1 Comment

When The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway, it did so with some apprehension. The show centers around making fun of the Mormon religion, or religion in general. Such a thing is a touchy subject in the media and show business. Just the year before, The Scottsboro Boys was shut down after three months on Broadway due to protests and objections to the way the show dealt with…



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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

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