The Little Mermaid Jr.
This production ran from May 3rd-May 4th of 2019. We had 57 kids come together to become under the sea creatures, sailors, chefs, mermaids and more! This was Bright Lights’ sixth show.
About the show In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
Alice in Wonderland Jr.
On July 27-July 28th, 2018, 42 area students performed on stage to parents, friends, and community members. Bright Lights’ fifth theatrical performance was a blast! A modern take on Alice in Wonderland, the characters were placed in a high school setting where they were able to organically create their own version of the well-known characters.
About the Show
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR takes you down the rabbit hole to join Lewis Carrol’s famous heroine, Alice, one of literature’s most beloved characters, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.
On April 12th - April 14th, 2018, 45 area students performed on stage to parents, friends and community members. Bright Lights' fourth theatrical performance was a hit with audience members young and old!
About the Show
This delightful adaptation of the beloved fable and the award-winning musical is a heartwarming celebration of what makes us special. Honk! JR. is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score. Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, Honk! JR. is equal amounts of laughter and tears.
On July 28 and 29th, 2017, over 30 area students performed on stage to parents, friends and community members. After two weeks of intense, all-day rehearsals, these students lit up the room sharing their talents and communicating the Gospel story in a modern-day style.
About the Show
Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, GODSPELL draws from a variety of theatrical traditions - music, dance, pantomime, charades and even rap - to retell the parables of Jesus for a modern audience. Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by the Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pocahontas, Prince of Egypt), GODSPELL is one of the biggest Broadway successes of all time.
Performing for two packed houses, the students of Bright Lights Institute shown brightly during their Spring 2017 show. With a cast of over 30 K-8th graders, Bright Lights Institute took audiences into the world of Dr. Seuss, as the Cat and the Hat presided over an adventure that journeyed from the Jungle of Nool to the Planet of Who to a courtroom that placed Horton the Elephant on trial. The performances on April 28 and 29, 2017 at Summit Park Church in Lee's Summit, Missouri.
A.J. and Jacob Valle, Bright Lights' Performing Arts Directors were thrilled at the students' achievements. "It was so great to see how the kids grew and matured over the semester." said A.J. "Over the half the cast was performing in their very first musical, but each and every student gave a 110% and worked together to present an amazing show."
Junie B. Jones
On July 29, 2016, Bright Lights Institute and a cast of 20 area students brought the acclaimed children's book character, Junie B. Jones to live. Through musical numbers, comical scenes and choreography, a full house of over 350 area friends, family and neighbors enjoyed an evening of great entertainment.
Rehearsing for only a week, these students amazed the audience, putting forth a complete musical - memorizing the lines, dance moves and songs in only 5 days. Bright Lights first production was a total hit and led to the successful Fall Troupe program in September of that year.