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Click here for the cast list for Aurora's production of "Bye Bye Birdie"
Click here for the cast list for Lake County's production of "Seussical, Jr."
Click here for the cast list for McHenry County's production of "The Wizard of Oz"

Weather Bulletin 

Callbacks scheduled for Saturday, November 21
Please plan on attending callbacks if you receive a notice to do so unless otherwise posted here in the morning.

Safe Travels!

Help Wanted!

Spotlight is seeking a set builder / carpenter to work at our Warehouse in Cary.  Ideal candidate will execute new builds and rehab existing inventory.  Please submit resumes or letters of interest to Shari Ledermann, Executive Program Director -

Spotlight Welcomes a New Board Member!

Spotlight Youth Theater is very excited to welcome Chris Tlapek,  our newest member on the Board of Directors.  Chris has been a part of CYT/Spotlight since 2003, and had the pleasure of watching all five of his children participate in classes and shows.  Since then, several  have graduated from the program and have begun contributing to Spotlight as instructors!  Throughout the years, Chris remained passionate about the impact Spotlight makes in families and the community,  and he’s  looking forward to how his contributions on the board can further God's work through this company.  Please join us in welcoming Chris and praying God will use him in a big way as he serves on the Spotlight Board of Directors.

Click on Graphic to apply to be considered for a spot on a Directing Team in the 2015/2016 Season for Spotlight!

Everyone who wants to be considered to be on a Directing Team needs to fill out this application!

The application process will be ongoing, so there isn't a solid deadline.
However we recommend filling it out sooner rather than later so your application can be submitted for review right away!


SHELLI CHINLUND. Shelli holds the Theatrical Arts as her first love with her earliest memory being a production she was in at just 2-3 years old with her dad.  She has an extensive background in acting, dramatic interpretation coaching and judging, public speaking, teaching, costuming, hair and make up.  Shelli has worked in many areas, but considers church ministry most fulfilling.  She has a gifting in directing and writing children's productions, mentoring and counseling, administrative and organizational skills, delegating and in serving others.  Shelli has an amazing supportive husband of over 20 years, Michael and they have seven gorgeous children they call their blessings.  Whenever they get a quiet moment, she prefers it to be on the beach with sand in their toes.


I have been a fan of Spotlight ACs for years! Having directed 12 shows for CYT/Spotlight, taught multiple classes, Audition Workshops and Showcase Directed, I have long known that while the audience enjoys the show, the real magic happens behind the scenes. I am so excited to be joining the ranks of the magic makers and am looking forward to doing everything I can to help our teachers excel and our directors bring our wonderful shows to life. I have been involved in theater since I was 4 and have done everything from acting, dancing, writing and directing, in church, community theater, semi-professional theater, film, video and am a professional playwright and published author. I’m also a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, can walk on my hands and am a pretty mean Scrabble player. By God’s grace, far too many jelly bellies and Diet Coke, I hope to do honor to the AC position as well as the incredible women who have set the standard so high. Are you ready, Aurora? Saddle up and Yahoo Buckaroos!!


LIZ CARRERA. I am so excited to serve the families of Oak Park as their new Area Coordinator. Spotlight has been a huge part of our lives since my daughter auditioned for her first show, Annie, in the fall of 2009. So, it seems only appropriate that my first show as an Area Coordinator will be Annie! After that first show, we were hooked! My kids have gone on to perform in 18 shows. I have been AC Assistant for the last five years and my husband happily chaired sets for five years as well! Spotlight has meant so much to our family. I have three kids who are excited to see another season start, and a fourth who is a recent Spotlight grad. This program has given my children skills and friendships that they will carry with them for a lifetime. I love being part of a community that builds character, both off and on the stage. I am so glad that in Spotlight, we have found a safe and encouraging community that loves the Lord and gives Him the glory always. I can’t wait to start this new adventure with all of the amazing Oak Park families!!!


Lara comes to us with a wealth of experience in elementary education, musical theater production, and spiritual leadership. Those of you who have taken classes on Monday nights in Lake may already be familiar with Lara’s leadership skills as she has been filling the position of Assistant Class AC on Mondays for two sessions! Lara is also the mother of five incredible children (4 girls and 1 boy), 4 of which have been active with Spotlight in several productions, and her oldest daughter, Katie, is currently working as the Costume Assistant in the Spotlight Costume Warehouse. We’re thrilled to welcome Lara into the AC position and look forward to seeing how she will undoubtedly enrich the lives of our students and teachers in Lake County