MINT HILL – Students at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy won’t begin rehearsing for one of theater’s most challenging productions until 24 hours before the curtain opens.
The cast of 20 students, ranging from 13 to 20 years old, will begin rehearsing “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at 7 p.m. Aug. 10. They’ll continue rehearsing overnight and into the next day, leading up to their 7 p.m. Aug. 11 performance. Tickets for the one-night-only show have already sold out.
“We have some of the most talented students in all of the Charlotte area,” Assistant Director Jess Strzepek said. “That’s why we’re able to do this.”
Students were given the script to memorize three weeks ago. Once rehearsal starts, they’ll run the music, work on positioning and movement, and practice, practice, practice.
Spotlight Performing Arts Academy has never produced a 24-hour musical before, but staff and students committed to doing one of the most difficult musicals to produce in Stephen Sondheim’s dark comedy.
After all, the academy has experience with challenging shows such as “Les Miserables” and “Wizard of Oz.”
Angela Gordon Mills opened Spotlight Performing Arts Academy six years ago. The academy, located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, offers music and theater lessons.
The academy has performed at Discover Mint Hill and had a booth at Mint Hill Madness. The community still has time to buy tickets for the next performance, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” on Sept. 7 and 8. Visit www.spotlightacade myonline.com for details.