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Kansas City's Starlight Theatre announces two youth programs

Starlight Theatre in Kansas City announces two programs that fit into their educational outreach area for the Kansas City metro area, both focused on students and fostering their grown in the entertainment areas.
Starlight Theatre in Kansas City announces two programs that fit into their educational outreach area for the Kansas City metro area, both focused on students and fostering their grown in the entertainment areas.
Starlight Theatre

Kansas City’s famous outdoor theatre venue, Starlight Theatre opens its doors to students with two separate opportunities for performing arts students to further their skill base and work with Starlight Theatre and teaching professionals geared to advance the artistic expertise of the young thespians.

Starlight announced auditions for their “Stars of Tomorrow” program for students entering grades 7-12. Stars of Tomorrow focuses on acting, dance and voice and further includes master classes throughout the year. For younger students, ages 6-14, Starlight Theatre offers two Spring Break workshops to develop student skills in the performing arts as well.

Stars of Tomorrow

Students entering grades 7 through 12 in the fall may audition Feb. 20 and 22 at Starlight Theatre. All students auditioning need to RSVP for an audition date.

“The Starlight STARS of Tomorrow enjoy intensive study in acting, dance and voice, participate in master classes led by Broadway cast members involved in Starlight's Broadway season, perform on Starlight's Spotlight Stage, and meet throughout the summer, fall and winter holiday season for master classes, rehearsals and additional performances,” a Starlight spokesman said.

Audition check-in time is 6:30 p.m. for 7 p.m. auditions February 20; check-in time is 8:30 a.m. for 9 a.m. auditions February 22.

Parking is available in the Zebra Lot located on east side of theatre; enter through Gate 8 and proceed to the east side of the Administration building. Walk-ups will not be allowed.

To RSVP, send preferred audition date, student name, current grade level, and name and phone number of at least one parent or legal guardian to education@kcstarlight.com.

Starlight set the requirements for equity in auditions. All students auditioning must prepare 32 bars of a Broadway musical piece that displays vocal range. Students need to bring accurately marked sheet music for accompanist, a resume and current headshot (note: photo will not be returned). Students should also wear clothes and shoes suitable for movement and a group dance audition. Those auditioning must complete an individual monologue from specific selections (see selections posted at kcstarlight.com). Further, audition involves both vocal and group dance auditions.

In addition, students must arrive at the established check-in time. There is no guaranteed end time, Starlight said. Participants will be released when all individuals have had the opportunity to complete all three parts of the audition.

If selected, the cost of The Starlight STARS of Tomorrow program, including all master classes, is $400. Rehearsal, performance schedules and more information is available at kcstarlight.com.

The Starlight STARS of Tomorrow program is generously underwritten by the Jeannette and Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund.

Spring Break Camps at Starlight Theatre

Campers ages 6-14 can discover new skills, hidden talents and the thrill of performance while making new friends, all within the confines of Starlight Theatre.

Kansas City’s largest performance venue offers an opportunity for students from 6-14 to discover and enhance hidden talents and find the thrill of performance while making new friends,

Starlight Theatre announced two, one-week Spring Break Camps for ages 6-14: March 10-14 and March 17-21 at Starlight Theatre.

“Campers, working in age-appropriate groups, will spend a week working alongside theatre professionals exploring acting, singing, and dance skills while rehearsing for a production that they will perform for family and friends at the end of the week,” Starlight said. “Campers will contribute to the creation of the set, props, and costuming for the performance. They will also enjoy classic camp games and craft activities. No experience necessary.”

Starlight's Spring Break Camps continue from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. Participants must bring a sack lunch. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.

The cost is $225 for a week. Before Care is available beginning at 7:30 a.m. for an additional $5 per day; After Care is available until 5:30 p.m. for an additional $15 per day.

Registration forms may be downloaded now at www.kcstarlight.com. Space is limited. For more information, contact Andy Pierce at (816) 997-1134 or education@kcstarlight.com.

Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Theatre Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts, offers extensive community outreach and educational programming including classes, scholarships and Starlight's Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the country. For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com.