Student Spotlight Information

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The BCPA is committed to providing educational opportunities through the performing arts. The Student Spotlight program offers a season of shows each year specifically designed for teachers and students...including Life-Long Learners!...and serves over 7,000 students annually.

Student Spotlight shows help teachers meet Illinois Learning Standards on a wide variety of subjects, including Performing Arts, English Language Arts, History, Science, and Math. Attending Student Spotlight shows is a multi-faceted opportunity for learning. This isn't merely a trip to the theatre, although arts and humanities are important to study on their own. All shows are curriculum-connected and, as they enter the venue, students are exposed to unique architecture in an important and historic location.

View the 2019-2020 Student Spotlight Series Season.

Student Spotlight Registration
If you would like to make a reservation for your school or home school group to attend any of the upcoming
Student Spotlight performances, or if you have questions regarding any of the Student Spotlight performances,
please call Pam Starks at 309-434-2769 or send an email to

  • Ticket price per person is $6.75 (price includes the 4% City of Bloomington Entertainment Tax).
  • Classes should have one chaperone for every 15 students.
  • Everyone—including teachers, chaperones, parents, and bus drivers—must be included in your total if they want to watch the performance.
  • There is a $5.00 administrative fee for each order.

A confirmation email will be sent after the reservation is placed.

Reservations are filled in the order they are received. You must confirm the total number attending 3 weeks prior to the performance. Once the final ticket count is confirmed, no seats may be released. Payment must be received 2 weeks prior to the performance. Please make payment with one check for the full amount or MasterCard/Visa/Discover payment. Mail payment to:

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts - Student Spotlight Series
600 N. East Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

If you need to pay in cash, please bring your payment in larger-sized bills. Once your payment is received you will be issued an Entrance Voucher, which will serve as your admission ticket for your entire group.

Please remember to bring your voucher with you to the performance.

Release Dates
If your order is not confirmed by the deadline, your seats will be released to the next group on our waiting list. All sales are final. We are not able to give refunds or exchanges. Only if a school officially closes on the day of a planned attendance to a Spotlight performance will the BCPA allow an exchange for another performance within 12 months. Official notification in writing from the school principal within 3 business days of the performance will be necessary before any adjustment to your account can be made.

Lunch Space

Teachers can arrange lunch space for their students to eat in the BCPA ballroom for a $25 fee per school. Limited space is available, which is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let the BCPA Box Office know at the time of your order if you'd like a lunch space held for your class(es).

Spotlight Attendance Information
BCPA staff recommends appropriate grade levels and provides teachers' guides for those levels based on content of performance, manner of presentation, and the recommendations of local educators. Teachers at other grade levels may consider bringing their students to a performance if they find the material suitable. However, be advised that students more than three grade levels from those recommended may experience some dissatisfaction. Please call the Box Office at (309) 434-2777 if you have questions about this issue.

Teacher Guides

Each school's contact will receive a teacher’s guide for each performance. Teachers' guides include background information about the performance company, the content and background of the performance, pre- and post-performance activities, and local resources and bibliographies.

Also included in your packet will be details about audience manners, parking locations, and directions to our site. PLEASE READ THESE CAREFULLY to make your visit to the BCPA an enjoyable one.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Please let us know about students with seating needs for hearing, visual, or mobility impairments when you place your order. This will enable us to serve you correctly.

Personal Amplified Listeners (PAL) for persons with hearing impairments are available on request.

Sign Language Interpreters: The BCPA needs a minimum of three weeks notice to provide Sign Language Interpreters.

Accommodation for students with visual impairments is available for some performances with advance notice.

Persons with mobility impairments will be seated with their escort in the appropriate section of the auditorium. This may separate them from their class.

***Please note that a minimum of three weeks notice is required for some accommodations.

All events are subject to change.