We are so excited for our first season with our brand new Director of Spotlight Productions - Melody Waters
Melody Waters started performing in Spotlight Productions when she was only 14 years old. She went to The Governor's School for the Arts in the Musical Theatre and Vocal Departments. Melody received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She has had the honor of performing with Sesame Street Live, Walt Disney World, Carnival Cruise Line, Virginia Musical Theatre and most currently Busch Gardens. Melody recently started her own Interactive DJ Entertainment Company in the Hampton Roads area called Melody & Company Entertainment. She is very excited to continue the legacy that Missy and Penny created 25 years ago.
Spotlight Productions is more than just a summer drama camp. It's an experience your child will treasure for many years to come.
"Spotlight is the only summer camp that will challenge your theater skills, provide you lasting friendships, and introduce to you new perspectives and opportunities to lead in a creative environment. I entered as a 'techie'...and also left as a techie--who knew how to act and who had a new family of friends. Spotlight really is a whole world of theatre condensed into just a couple weeks." - Trip Rumble, former Spotlight camper
"When I turned twelve, I decided I wanted to devote my life to telling stories. I went to my parents and said, 'Mom. Dad. I want to be an actor.' My parents were both accountants, but they supported me from day one. They found Spotlight Productions and, just like that, it all started. I was an only child, and lonely growing up. From day one at Spotlight, I felt for the first time like I belonged somewhere; as if everyone was speaking a language I understood. For seven years, my summers centered around Spotlight. It became a mile marker for how I was growing, and who I was becoming. Missy and Penny became distant relatives, as invested in my future as they were the talents they were fostering.
Since I left college, I have made my living as a professional storyteller. It’s played out in a way that twelve year old on her first day of camp never would have imagined. I have travelled the country at regional repertory theaters, performed the greatest roles Shakespeare has to offer, gone to clown college in the Redwoods of California and finally, I found my home in Williamsburg, VA. For the past seven years, I’ve had the role of a lifetime portraying and studying James Madison at Colonial Williamsburg. In 2018, I founded my own theatre company that lets me produce my own work, write my own material, and reach countless audiences throughout the United States. I am still acting, but have added so many mediums in which I tell my stories. Including music, directing, and authoring books (My first will be finished this summer!) I have given lectures to foreign dignitaries, the US Senate, I have been interviewed by TIME, however the best thing I have done is speak to kids. They remind me of where I started and, when one of them tells me they want to be an actor, I wish so desperately they find a home like I did in Spotlight Productions. My dreams have changed a lot since that first production of Guys and Dolls, but the lessons never do. Spotlight listens to the dreams of their campers, and they make true magic in making sure those dreams don’t diminish, even after a camper grows up." - Bryan Austin, Former Spotlight Camper