Spotlight Productions' passion is to train children and youth for careers in stage, and screen. We provide ongoing theater classes during the school year, and conduct after school and summer musical theater camps.
In thirteen years, Spotlight Productions has grown from one homeschool theater troupe to provide theater programs to nearly one dozen homeschool cooperatives. Among our youth are a number of autism students who have thrived in the encouraging and supportive atmosphere, Spotlight creates.
In 2019, Spotlight's executive directors, Michelle and Ken Wood, saw the need to obtain, through buying or building, a state-of-the-art musical theater facility which included an eight hundred-seat auditorium and enough studio and rehearsal space to hold multiple dance, acting, and vocal classes at one time. The Wood's had a vision to share the space with other homeschool groups, like Band, Orchestra and Choir, who were in need of a permanent home. A preliminary design was created for such a facility and is found on the www.spotlightproductionsokc.com website.
Things took a south turn when the Covid pandemic hit in early 2020. Live theater classes shut down, and income to the program was cut to nearly a quarter. Were it not for an SBA loan and a personal monthly mortgage abatement program, the Woods would have lost both Spotlight and their home.
Live classes are resuming and the student population is gradually returning to pre-Covid levels. However, the charter school funding program, EPIC, which helped so many of our students with their theater class and camp fees has suspended its student financial aid for the Fall 2021 Semester.
Before this, Spotlight had never been in debt and the Woods are determined, now more than ever, to keep fighting for the dream of securing a paid-for Youth Musical Theater Facility.
The immediate goal is to raise $85,000 to provide Fall 2021 student scholarships, provide a full year's budget to rent studio space and retire the SBA loan. This is the first step in helping Spotlight reach the greater goal of creating a Youth Musical Theater Facility to grow their program.
Statistic: 35,000 at-home students, enrolled in online charter school or traditional homeschool in the Oklahoma City area have no performing arts facility. We want to change that and raise these students in a family-friendly, encouraging, and supporting program.
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