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New ighting adorns the exterior of the Spotlight Theatre and Event Center, 1800 7th Ave., Moline.

For its first full year of fully staged musicals, the Spotlight Theatre at 1800 7th Ave. — in the former Scottish Rite Cathedral — has an ambitious season lined up for 2019, including something big.

Auditions for "Big: The Musical" will be 3-5 p.m. Jan. 5, and noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 6. Directed by theater co-owner Brent Tubbs, with music directed by Amy Trimble and choreographed by Shana Kulhavy, the show's performances are planned April 5-7 and April 12-14, 2019.

The show is based on the classic 1988 movie starring Tom Hanks in which a frustrated adolescent magically becomes an adult and discovers that life is not simply child’s play. The stage adaptation features a book by John Weidman (“Assassins,” “Pacific Overtures” and “Road Show”) and score by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. (“Baby,” “Closer than Ever” and “Starting Here, Starting Now”).

For auditions, people should be prepared to sing 16 bars of music that show you off vocally. Dress comfortably; there will be a dance audition as well.

After launching this past May, the Spotlight staged its first major musical — Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” — in October, followed by Harry Connick Jr.'s “The Happy Elf” earlier this month.

The rest of its 2019 lineup of musicals are:

  • “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” Feb. 14-24.
  • “Matilda the Musical,” Aug. 2-11.
  • “Billy Elliot,” Oct. 18-27.
  • “Miracle on 34th Street,” Dec. 12-15.

”Matilda” will replace the previously planned “South Pacific.”

The story centers on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis, who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school and helps her teacher to reclaim her life, according to a synopsis.

The show is based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. “Matilda” premiered in London in 2011 and on Broadway in 2013, adapted by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

For more details on the Spotlight, visit thespotlighttheatreqc.com.

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