Katherine discovered her love for theatre as a child while performing in Pantomimes with the Pineland Presbyterian Players, where she had the joy of sharing the stage with her father. Katherine spent her teen years developing her playwriting, directing and acting skills with the Lord Elgin Theatre Society. Katherine graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and Seneca College with a diploma in Broadcast Journalism. After a 10 year hiatus from theatre, during which Katherine travelled and lived in such places as England and Italy she returns to Spotlight with a renewed passion for theatre.
Spotlight performers have the opportunity to participate in traditional, contemporary and original works. Performers participate in community, family and corporate events, festivals and school shows. They have performed in Toronto and London, Fringe Theatre Festivals and host The VIP Children’s Theatre Festival The not-for-profit troupe is supported through fundraising, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and is a recipient of 2010 and 2012 Newmarket Celebrates the Arts Grant.
SCRIPT READING and MEMORIZATION: improves reading, concentration and develops speech and articulation ROLE PLAY: Provides opportunity for performance, overcoming shyness and fears as well as developing confidence. THEATRE GAMES: encourage fun, character exploration, critical thinking, outlet for overcoming anxiety and fear of public speaking. SPEECH and LANGUAGE: assist with speech impediments, E.S.L. Students, articulation and enunciation. Develop literacy, increase language skills
2013 Miss Access Broadway 20+
2012 Junior Mr Access Broadway 9 to 12
2012 Miss Access Broadway 20+
2013 Best Debut School and 2013 Best Directors
My daughter, Mara, is enjoying her 4th session at Spotlight theatre summer camp and each week has been filled with fun and new friendships.
My husband and I look forward to the Friday ‘galas’ and I continue to be amazed at how much the children learn in such a short span of time. The songs and accompanying choreography as well as the scene performances put a smile on everyone’s face, as the collective pride exudes from both parents and kids. During one performance, I sat beside a fellow parent whose daughter had been bullied at school and struggles with low self-esteem. ...
For 27 years, Arts Spotlight Theatre Company in Newmarket has been providing hands on performance experience in the arts. At Spotlight, we educate children, teens and adults in musical theatre, drama, scriptwriting workshops and in television and film acting. Our focus is to teach young enthusiasts to increase their knowledge of the arts and literature while improving memorization, leadership, public speaking, presentation skills and self-confidence.
Win Combaluzier, Denise Egan, Jacquie Moro
Merlene Samuel-Cephas: Founder & Studio Director
Kathy Solluch: Vocal Coach & Musical Director
Gloria Griffin (For Private Piano Instruction)