Spotlight Muscial Theatre

 CALL US at: (301) 252-0112

Karen Hilderbrand – Owner & Executive Producer

Karen has been a resident of Mt. Airy since 1999 and is thrilled to bring performing arts to her town. Happily married with 3 grown children, her goals have always been to enrich the lives of our future generations, both here and in the surrounding areas. In her spare time, you can also find Karen working for CCPS. She is a theatre and football mom, loves boating, going to the beach and all things Disney!

Julia Cowles, Director Spotlight Musical Theatre

Julia Cowles – Director, Choreographer, and Music Director

Julia has been working as a theatre teacher for the past 10 years. She has her BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and a MAT in Secondary Theatre from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Julia has had the pleasure of working with Montgomery, Frederick, and Howard County Public Schools as a theatre teacher/director. In addition, she has served as director and choreographer for multiple theatre companies including Authentic Community Theatre, Artstream, the Frederick Children’s Chorus, and Spotlight Musical Theatre. In her free time Julia likes to perform and has been in shows at Way Off Broadway, The Fredericktowne Players, The Rude Mechanicals and most recently at the Maryland Theatre. Julia comes from a long line of musicians, arts educators and community leaders that, from a young age, inspired her to pursue a career in the arts and invest in her community. As a teacher she works to foster a warm and fun environment where actors can feel safe taking big risks and believes in setting high expectations for herself and students. Julia strongly believes that theatre is for everybody and that it can change and enrich people’s lives.


Christian Ryder – Assistant Director & Lead Camp Counselor

Christian is enthused to be returning to the Spotlight Musical Theatre team. Teaching children about theatre means so much to him especially since he was once in their exact shoes and is now continuing to learn about theatre in his early adulthood. He has participated in multiple shows as an actor, and co-directed the last show at Spotlight. Christian recently graduated from South Carroll High School and is currently applying to musical theatre programs/colleges during his gap year. He can not wait to continue this journey with the rest of the Spotlight team.


Alli Hilderbrand – Production Assistant & Stage Manager

Born and raised in Mt. Airy, Alli is no stranger to the theater community. As a production assistant and stage manager, she has participated in over 25 different plays and musicals throughout middle and high school, along with all of the productions at Spotlight. She is a member of the International Thespian Society, and a 2021 graduate from South Carroll High School. She now attends Frostburg State University as a Mass Communications major and a Film minor.

Lilly Daisey

Lilly Daisey – Assistant Director 

Lilly is so thrilled to be joining the Spotlight Musical Theater team for her first fall show. Her love of theatre started at Spotlight, so the opportunity to inspire that same love in kids now makes her so happy. She has participated in multiple different shows as an actor and plans to continue to act for as long as possible. She is a junior in high school and plans to major in theatre in college. She cannot wait to see where her opportunity with Spotlight takes her. 

Spotlight Musical Theatre


Join us for our upcoming productions in Mt Airy where we integrate musical theatre, acting, singing, dance, sound, lights, costumes, props, stage management, and performing into a well-rounded Musical Theatre Program.

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Our Goal

Spotlight Musical Theatre was created to grow artists to their fullest potential; providing them a well-rounded musical theater education, educating them on the industry, and supplying the necessary exposure to foster their talents.

Refund Policy

Unfortunately, Spotlight Musical Theatre does not offer refunds. We would be happy to give you a credit towards a future production or summer camp program if you cancel, with written notice, a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the first day of program enrollment.

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