This winter, one of Sammamish’s only extracurricular performing arts organizations, Spotlight Repertory Northwest, will be hosting three programs that cater to those who want to deepen their music or acting skills.
Founded in 2013 by its current executive director, Frances Hoffman, Spotlight Repertory NW has been a creative force in the Sammamish community.
Hoffman, who has an extensive background in theater and music from John Hopkins University, has steered her organization towards the synergy between acting and music through their programs. Their offerings include musical theater classes with choreography, as well as highly popular improv classes. Now, they are expanding into music with small jazz combos.
“One notable aspect of Spotlight Repertory NW is its commitment to fostering creativity in young minds,” said Hoffman.
Their improv classes aim to help participants break free from the constraints of rigid rubrics, encouraging middle and high school students to think outside the box through different games, such as “yes, and,” for exploring the positive and flexible boundaries of creativity.
For jazz ensemble classes, Spotlight Repertory NW offers a unique opportunity for students to delve into improvisation in music. With diverse instructors, Spotlight Repertory NW aims to expose students to various cultures and broaden their minds beyond STEM-focused education.
Hoffman said that if a musician wanted to take their skill beyond repetitive band concerts in school, then these master classes are designed for them, with the added bonus that their programs will introduce students to performance venues and contacts within the broader jazz community.
The organization has also ventured into adult programs, including the Spotlight Concert Choir for anyone age 16 and over. Directed by a former Seattle Opera vocal coach, the choir gets adults involved in the performing arts and provides a space for them to showcase their talents.
Currently, Spotlight Repertory NW is supported by a grant from 4Culture, a King County arts program. They are also partnering with various venues such as the Eastside Community School to host their performances.
Hoffman encourages everyone in Sammamish to become part of this vibrant community by joining one of their programs, participating as a stagehand, or becoming a board member.
“We’re your community theater program because we’re a part of your community,” she said.
If you are interested in joining any of Spotlight Repertory NW’s programs, please visit their website.