Prov 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go..."


Director of Education

Spotlight Youth Theater is now accepting applications for the position of Director of Education.  The Director of Education is responsible for casting vision, development and implementation for the educational and summer camp aspects of the company. Applicants should posses 3-5 years of theater training and experience as well as involvement working in the teaching industry.  A degree in education or a theater-related field is preferred. Applicants should have experience teaching in the classroom, creation and development of curriculum, strategic planning and conflict-resolution capability. Spotlight is seeking a professional who is ministry-focused, creative, organized, capable of executing multiple projects at a time, and collaborating with both volunteers and employees to support and encourage Spotlight’s core values and mission statement.

Please send cover letter and resume to Sarah Portz at for consideration. Please no phone inquiries.

Camp Manager

Spotlight Youth Theater is now accepting applications for the position of Camp Manager.  The Camp Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of the camp aspect of the company, reaching over 3700 children within a span of two months. Applicants should posses 3-5 years of theater training and experience as well as involvement working in the camp industry.  A degree in education or a theater-related field is preferred, but not necessary. Applicants should have experience in managing large projects, developing creative material, leading a collaborative team, process management and conflict-resolution capability. Spotlight is seeking a professional who is creative, organized, ministry-focused, self-starter, capable of executing multiple projects at a time, and collaborating with both volunteers and employees to support and encourage Spotlight’s core values and mission statement.

Please send cover letter and resume to Sarah Portz, sportz@spotlight.org for consideration. Please no phone inquiries.

Audition Workshops - Fall 2014

Aurora
Date:  Monday August 18
Time:  5:15-6:45 - for kids in the later time slot
                7:00-8:30 - for kids in the early time slot.
Location:  – The Orchard Church - 101 Barnes Road, Aurora
 
DuPage
Date: Monday August 18
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location:  Naperville Presbyterian Church - 943 Sanctuary Lane, Naperville
 
Kane
Date:  Monday August 18
Time:  5:15-6:45 - for kids in the later time slot
          7:00-8:30 - for kids in the early time slot.
Location:  – Harvest Bible Chapel – 1000 N. Randall Rd. Elgin
 
Kenosha
Date:  Tuesday, August 26th
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location:  Kenosha Southwest Library Community Room -7979 38th Ave Kenosha WI
 
Lake
Date: Tuesday, September 2
Time:  7:00--8:30
Location:  Gurnee Community Church - 4555 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee
 
McHenry
Date: Tuesday, August 19
Time: 5:15-6:45 - for kids in the later time slot
         7:00-8:30 - for kids in the early time slot.
Location:  Trinity Oaks Christian Academy - 233 East Oriole Trail, Cary
  Milwaukee
Date:  Thursday, August 28
Time:  6:00-7:30pm
Location:  West Layton Assembly, 11530 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, WI


NW Cook
Date: Thursday, August 28th
Time:  7:15-8:45pm
Location:  Christian Liberty Academy - 502 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights
 

Oak Park
Date: Tuesday, August 19
Time: 8:00-9:30pm
Location: Judson Baptist Church - 1252 North Austin Blvd., Oak Park

 
Orland Park
Date: Tuesday, August 19
Time:  7:00-8:30
Location:  15500 S 73rd Street, Orland Park, IL 60462

 
Rockford
Date: Tuesday, August 19th
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location:  Westminster Presbyterian – 2821 N. Bell School Rd. Rockford, IL (Northeast entrance)

Jen Heim’s Top 50 Moments
Captured of 2013

 

Hi All!  When I was asked to pick my favorite captured moments in 2013 I thought wow, how do I pick 50 moments from the 28 shows I had the pleasure of shooting? That is over 90,000 images to choose from!

I can’t take all the credit for the images.  I can only work with what I am given, and man, do you guys give your all!!!  It takes a team to create each moment on the stage.  Directing teams, lighting and set designers, make-up, hair and costume designers.  Not to mention the actors themselves working together to construct a work of art that I am lucky enough to capture :-)

Emilie’s story

Emilie was recently seen in Oak Park’s production of Tall Tales directed by Ben Olson.  Here is her story about how Spotlight has affected her life!

Spotlight/CYT has been involved in my life for as long as I can remember, although I didn’t realize it until recently.  When I was 5 my mom started homeschooling my sister and me, and signed us up to join a co-op.  In that co-op they always had field trips to NW Cook shows, since quite a few of the kids in the co-op went there.  The first show my family saw was a school day show of The Little Princess.  Even though I don’t remember any of it, it began the journey I’m now on. We saw almost every show in NW Cook after that, and I loved every one. 

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Ryan’s Story

Well, my testimony of how Spotlight changed me is a long one. And to understand how much God truly did for me I have to start all the way back in 8th grade, BEFORE I even had heard of CYT/Spotlight. I was a wrestler back then, and theater kids were on a completely different spectrum than the type of people I associated myself with. But at my middle school we had our last hour as a study hall, and every Friday this boy would bring in his Ukulele. They started playing the song I’m Yours, and my teacher heard me sing. She took me in after class and told me to join choir, and of course, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. But she was persistent, and I eventually joined [to appease her]. I found that once I joined, I really enjoyed singing in groups and in front of people. I met a kid in choir who asked me to do the school musical that spring, Guys and Dolls.

Behind the Spotlight Scene:
Building a New Show

Lake County officially opens Shrek the Musical tomorrow, February 7th.  While the actors have only been in rehearsals for 9 weeks, the Spotlight Production Team has been hard at work since last Spring working on pulling together all the details of premiering a show for the first time with our organization!  We thought it would be fun to give you a little Behind the Scenes insight on what goes into putting on a new show…..

Getting the rights….
Getting the rights to a show can be tricky.  There are many factors that go into getting approval.  As many of you know, we weren’t able to get the rights to Shrek until our 2013-2014 season of shows had already been announced.  However, once we got the “okay” in late Summer, we knew that it was the right show for Lake County!

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Farewell to Sarah Portz….

After many years of service to Spotlight Youth Theater as the Director of Education, Sarah Portz will be moving on to a new position outside of Spotlight.  The great work that she has done for Spotlight is evident in every aspect of our company.  We are eternally grateful for the time she has shared with us and will continue to benefit from her contributions and loving care for years to come.  We pray that God’s light shines bright on the new path she will follow in life.  Sarah will continue to be involved with Spotlight through productions, so please wish her well the next time you see her!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Phil. 4:6

Farewell to Don Balasa….

Don Balasa will be resigning as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Spotlight Youth Theater.  Don’s wisdom and steady guidance has been a huge asset to the Spotlight community and will be greatly missed.  We’d like to thank him for his many years of service on the board.  We will continue to pray for Don as he moves on from his time with Spotlight.  Don’s wise counsel over the years has helped to build a solid foundation of truth and professionalism that Spotlight will stand firm on for years to come.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. – Hebrews 13:16

Welcome back to Linda Mitroff….

Linda Mitroff will be returning to the Spotlight Board of Directors as the Chair this fall.  Linda held this position previously and resigned when she moved Michigan.   However, as God’s perfect plan is always surprising us… She felt the call to return to the Board as Chair despite the distance.  We are welcoming her back with open arms and are anxious to see how God moves through Linda and the Board of Directors.  We ask that you continue to pray for our leadership as we seek God’s guidance for Spotlight Youth Theater.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

STARS Awards DVD for Sale

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All proceeds from DVD sales will be used to help keep costs low for our families and Spotlight Scholarship recipients.


Welcome to our Newest Area Coordinators

Spotlight is thrilled to welcome Martha Connelly to the position of Production Coordinator/Milwaukee and Christy Dayton to the position of Area Coodinator/Rockford.


EXCITING NEWS

The Spotlight Youth Theater Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of David Fiorello as our new Production Director (formerly known as Artistic Director)! David comes to us with a vast array of talents and experience.  After receiving a degree in Musical Theater from Shenandoah University, he went into their Masters of Music Program, has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and toured internationally with several productions, including John Doyle’s famed Broadway revival of SWEENEY TODD.  David has worked as a Performer, Director, Musical Director, Artistic Director, Teacher, Composer, Mentor and Writer with theatrical companies across the US, and comes to us from recently teaching and Music Directing at Northwestern University in their Musical Theatre Certificate program.  His Love for the Lord, his students, and musical theater experience make him a perfect match for Spotlight Youth Theater! Please welcome David Fiorello! He can be reached at:.
 

MORE EXCITING NEWS


As the Spotlight program continues to be Blessed in growth, the Board of Directors was inspired to create a new staff leadership position to oversee and establish vision for the various programs. We are excited to announce as Spotlight’s Executive Program Director, Teri Leman!

Teri holds a BM-Vocal Performance Emphasis/Choral Music Education degree and has been a teacher of excellence in vocal training for the past 27 years through her own private studio business. She has also been both a Music Director and Show Director in Spotlight for the past 7 years. Her attention to detail, business savvy, training and most importantly her love for The Lord and children will bring powerful leadership to our organization.

Help us to welcome her to the staff! Send a note to .