Shrek JR Auditions Cancelled

We regret to inform you that we have come to the decision not to produce Shrek Jr this fall. This decision has been made in order for us to take some time to reorganize and take the proper steps to make this company even better. We are currently hard at work planning a spectacular lineup for 2016 and we’ll be gathering the necessary resources to make next year our best one yet! We hope you’ll continue to join us on this exciting adventure. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and to our website for all the latest news and fundraising opportunities. Thank you for being a part of our family for the past three years and we look forward to many more with you!

For those who are interested in attending JTF, we would like to recommend that you take the time to check out our good friends at the Holly Theatre in Dahlonega. You can find more information at

Auditions Announced for “Shrek JR”

Auditions Announced for “Shrek JR”

Ghostlight Performing Arts Company is proud to announce auditions for our fall musical: Shrek the Musical JR! In addition to the full-length performances this September, we will also be taking a fifteen minute selection of the show to the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta in January of 2016. For this production, we are seeking young performers ages 8-18. All performers must be a rising senior in high school or younger. All cast members must be able to commit to both the run of the show and to the Junior Theatre Festival.

The production fee for this year’s show is $430, which includes the $230 student registration fee for the Junior Theatre Festival.  This fee can be paid in full or installments of $100 beginning June 20th.

Auditions will be held on Friday, June 5th from 6 PM-9 PM and Saturday, June 6th from 9 AM-12 PM. The location of auditions will be announced shortly. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Monday, June 8th from 7 PM-9 PM. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, July 14th and will typically be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 PM-9 PM and Saturdays from 9 AM-1 PM. Rehearsals will take place at a location to be announced soon. Performances will be September 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 27th at a location to be announced soon. A rehearsal schedule for JTF will be decided upon based on the availability of the majority of the cast.

There will be a cast cookout and mandatory parent meeting on the evening of June 20th, location to be determined. The first installment of the production fee will be due at this meeting.

To audition for Shrek, please prepare 16 bars (about 30 seconds) of a contemporary musical theatre song.  An accompanist will NOT be available, so please bring an accompaniment track. You will also be asked to read briefly from the script. Come dressed and prepared to do a short group dance audition. Bring with you a resume and headshot. Also be prepared to list all conflicts you have with the rehearsal schedule, including vacations and prior commitments.

Sign up for an audition time now by emailing us at We have a limited number of audition slots available, so the only way to guarantee that you’ll be seen is by emailing us now.

*Please bring a parent or guardian with you to the audition. If you do not have a parent or guardian with you, WE WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO AUDITION*

Legally Blonde JR Added to 2014 Season

Legally Blonde JR Added to 2014 Season

It was with great pride that we announce the addition of Legally Blonde JR to our 2014 Youth Theatre Season. Legally Blonde will be taking the place of Hairspray JR in our 2014 lineup and will be our JTF piece for this year. Production dates and other details will be released soon. Keep checking in for the latest updates on this exciting development.


Ghostlight Performing Arts Company is seeking actors for our upcoming production of Hairspray JR! Auditions are open to rising 6th graders thru rising 12th graders and will be held on Friday, May 2nd from 5 PM-9 PM and Saturday, May 3rd from 10 AM-5 PM. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Friday, May 9th at 6 PM. Auditions and callbacks will be held at the Ghostlight Rehearsal Studio (5295 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Suite 400, Cumming, GA, 30041). There is a $150 production fee associated with this show that will help offset the cost of rights, costumes, sets, etc.

To sign up for an audition time, please email us at

For your audition, please prepare a 16-32 bar selection of a musical theatre song (this times out to about 30 seconds-1 minute on a CD). We ask that you bring a backing track without vocals, as an accompanist will not be available. We ask that you not sing acapella. Be prepared for cold reads from the script and come dressed for a group dance audition.

Rehearsals for Hairspray JR will begin on Monday, June 23rd with a 2 week rehearsal intensive. For the weeks of June 23rd and June 30th, we will be meeting Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM for all-day rehearsals. We will NOT rehearse on the 4th of July. During these two weeks, we will be learning the entire show.  After the conclusion of this rehearsal intensive, we will transition to rehearsals on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 PM-9:00 PM. This schedule will continue until tech week. The show runs August 15th-24th.

We will also be taking Hairspray JR to the Junior Theatre Festival, an annual festival held in Atlanta celebrating youth theatre from around the country. This year’s JTF will be held on Martin Luther King Jr weekend of January 2015. The student cost for this year’s festival is a $225 participation fee (includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday, a festival t-shirt, a JTF all-access wristband, a souvenir program, and a special Direct-From-Broadway performance). Hotel accommodations are an additional cost and will be arranged through the festival. If you’d like more information about the Junior Theatre Festival, please email us.

Ghostlight Announces Fall Youth Theatre Production

Ghostlight Announces Fall Youth Theatre Production

This afternoon, it is with great pride that we make our first announcement regarding the 2014 season. This fall, our nationally acclaimed, award winning youth theatre company will be presenting Hairspray JR, an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical geared for performance by younger actors. Exact run dates are still to be announced, as are audition dates. Following the run this fall, the cast will prepare a fifteen minute selection of the show which they will present at the 2015 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA.

Good morning, Baltimore! It’s 1962, and spunky plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has one big dream — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her new-found power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy’s new beat just might prove unstoppable.


Ghostlight could not be more thrilled to add this production to our lineup this year. We hope you’ll join us on this incredible journey as we show the world that “You Can’t Stop the Beat”!
Company of “The Little Mermaid JR” Receives National Award

Company of “The Little Mermaid JR” Receives National Award

The cast of Ghostlight Performing Arts Company’s premiere production, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR, attended the Junior Theatre Festival the weekend of January 18th, where they performed  15 minute segment of the show for three adjudicators. This year, our adjudicators were Derek Bowley (a DC-based theatre educator who has worked with the Kennedy Center on multiple occasions), Karen Sharp (the Education Director for Seattle Children’s Theatre), and Andy Jones (a Broadway performer whose credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and the upcoming production of Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway). The cast was applauded for their characterization and the sense of unity as a company.

Throughout the weekend, the festival was graced with the presence of Broadway performers such as Andrew Keenan Bolger (an original company member of Disney’s Newises who brought to life the character of Crutchie), Henry Hodges (a company member of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins), and composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (who have written the scores for Broadway’s A Christmas Story- The Musical, Off-Broadway’s Dogfight, and James and the Giant Peach, which recently concluded a run at Seattle Children’s Theatre).

Following their adjudication, eight of our students received invitations to audition for a series of Choreography DVDs that MTI sends out with the materials of all Broadway JR and KIDS shows. Of these eight, two received callbacks to continue the audition process on Sunday morning. From each group, two students are chosen as Performance All-Stars who will then perform in front of the festival’s nearly 4,000 attendees with the rest of the All-Stars. This year, the honor went to our students performing the roles of Prince Eric and Ursula. Additionally, the actress playing Ariel attended workshops for technical theatre. Based on her performance during these workshops, she was selected as a Technical Theatre All-Star and given the opportunity to work backstage at Sunday’s Awards Ceremony. One student, the actor portraying Scuttle, was selected to participate in the Broadway JR Slam, in which students are paired up with a director, a choreographer, and a music director, and are given an hour to learn a musical number and perform it in front of the festival.

Sunday evening, the cast was treated to a special event produced specifically for the festival- Broadway and Beyond: An Evening with the Stars of Disney on Broadway. The evening featured Ashley Brown (who originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway), Josh Strickland (who originated the role of Tarzan on Broadway), Merle Dandridge (a company member of AIDA who originated the role of Kala in Tarzan on Broadway), Alton Fitzgerald White (who currently plays Mufasa in The Lion King on Broadway), and Heidi Blickenstaff (who portrayed the role of Ursula during the run of The Little Mermaid on Broadway).

During the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon, Ghostlight Performing Arts Company’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR was awarded for Excellence in Acting. This award was presented to 12 groups out of the 94 in attendance. At this time, we would like to express our gratitude for this overwhelming honor and the monolithic pride we feel for this fantastic cast. This was truly the greatest way to bring an end to the eight month journey this cast and crew have been on.

With that, our 2013 programming has drawn to a close. An announcement regarding our 2014 season will be made in the coming weeks.

Youth Theatre Approaching Festival and Other January News

Youth Theatre Approaching Festival and Other January News

Our outstandingly talented cast of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR” is preparing for the final rehearsal prior to attending the Junior Theatre Festival this weekend. Most of the company has been working on this show for almost 8 months, and we can hardly believe this experience is about to see its final chapter. Until we begin work on JTF 2015, that is!

And on that note; the Ghostlight staff has been hard at work over the past few months developing an astounding season for 2014 and we’re currently at a point where it looks as though we’ll be able to unveil these exciting plans next month! We have some incredibly talented artists coming in to work with us this year and some major developments that we can’t wait to tell you about. Stay tuned, shortly after we announce our season, we’ll also be announcing our first round of auditions for 2014!

Little Mermaid Production Photos and More News

Little Mermaid Production Photos and More News

Today, we’re excited to report several pieces of news from Ghostlight Performing Arts Company.

  • Ghostlight’s production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR” was a smashing success last month! We apologize for how long it’s taken us to get these posted, but we have officially released production shots from the show. They’re available to view now on the “Media” page.
  • We’re excited to announce that, thanks to the final two performances of the show selling out, we officially made money on the 2013 season, which means that we are going to be able to have a 2014 season. This leads us to our next piece of news…
  • We are currently at work planning the 2014 season! As of right now, we can’t say anything about all the exciting things we have in the works for next year, but announcements will be coming soon, so keep checking back in!


Rehearsal Photos from “The Little Mermaid JR” Released

Rehearsal Photos from “The Little Mermaid JR” Released

The company of our upcoming production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR” have been hard at work in rehearsals for the past three weeks.  This cast of 23 has tackled music rehearsals, choreography, and staging- and yesterday, they rehearsed the first act of the show straight through for the first time. Our photographers were there to capture the magic that sprung forth in the rehearsal room yesterday and we are thrilled to share these photos with you.

They are available for viewing on either the “Media” page or the “Little Mermaid” show page that can be found by going to the “Current Season” page. More photos will be released over the coming weeks.

The Little Mermaid JR will run for four performances this fall, September 5th-7th. There will be performances Thursday evening at 7 PM, Friday evening at 7 PM, and two performances on Saturday: a matinee at 2 PM and an evening performance at 7 PM. Tickets will be available soon. Keep checking back here on the website for more details.

AUDITION NOTICE: The Little Mermaid JR

Ghostlight Performing Arts Company is thrilled to announce auditions for “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR”, the premiere production of our 2013 season. The show will run for four performances September 5th-7th. All performances will be held at Revolution Church in Gainesville, GA. Performances will be Thursday and Friday at 7 PM, with two performances on Saturday; a matinee at 2 PM and an evening performance at 7 PM. There will be no Sunday performances for this production. Additionally, a 15 minute cut of the show will be taken to the Junior Theatre Festival in January 2014. This production will be directed by Sean Newman. Full Creative Team will be announced at a later date.

Auditions for performers 8-18 will be held Thursday, May 16th from 6 PM-9 PM and Saturday, May 18th from 10 AM-12 PM (Noon).  All performers must be rising High School Seniors or younger. Callbacks will be held Saturday, May 18th beginning at 1 PM. Performers who audition on Thursday will be contacted via email if they are required for a callback. Performers who audition on Saturday will be told at the end of their audition if they will be needed to stay.

We ask that you prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song. Bring your own backing track. An accompanist will not be available. We will provide a CD player. Please ensure there are no voices on your accompaniment track. NO ACAPELLA. There will be a cold-read from the script. Be prepared to stay for a group dance audition.

Bring a headshot and resume, if you have them. A parent or legal guardian MUST be present at auditions to fill out the required paperwork. If a parent or legal guardian is not present, we reserve the right to deny you an audition slot.

Please email to schedule an audition. In the email, we ask that you include the name of the individual who is auditioning, their age, and what time you would like. Auditions will be booked in five minute slots. Following this email, you will receive a message from us that will confirm your audition time and inform you of the audition location. All roles are non-equity, non-paid.

A full casting notice, including a character breakdown, can be found on our “Auditions” page.