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Theatre: Youth & Teen

Williamson County Parks and Recreation is proud to operate an exceptional and award-winning Children's Theater program.  In 2019, WCPR received the Sizzle Award for Best Youth Arts Program in Williamson County. Children can participate in productions, theater classes or workshops offered at several of our various recreation facilities.  

Williamson County Parks and Recreation sponsors these youth theater and children's theater programs, with several offerings throughout the year:

  • Our Star Bright Players Children's Theatre program is for ages 8 to High School Seniors and offers two large-scale musical productions per year, in the spring and the fall. Performances are in early May and early December.
  • Our theater group for younger performers (1st through 8th Grade) is the Rising Stars musical theatre program. Rising Stars offers two full productions with approximately 45 participants maximum in the winter and early summer.
  • Straight to the Stars Youth Theatre is the newest addition to Williamson County Parks & Recreation's family of youth theatre options. Straight to the Stars produces a straight (non-musical) play starring High School actors (rising freshmen through graduating seniors) during the summer.

We also offer Little Stars Pre-School Musical Theatre Classes (ages 4.5 - 7), Musical Theatre Experience Classes (ages 8-13) and various Summer Camps and Workshops. Click HERE for more information on our Classes, Camps, and Workshops.

Another component of the children’s theater program is to welcome other touring children’s theatre groups. One such group is the Missoula Children’s Theatre.  A tour team arrives in Franklin in their “little red truck” loaded with a set, costumes, props and make-up, and everything it takes to put on a play … except the cast. The team holds auditions on the first day of our weeklong camp for approximately 60 campers to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented at the end of the week.

Want to stay up to date with WCPR's Children's Theatre Programs? 
You can receive knowledge first-hand about any children's theatre auditions, classes or workshops by signing up for our E-News emails. (We suggest selecting "Youth Activities" and "Performing Arts Events.") If you have questions about any of our Children's Theatre programs, please email Alison Worden at

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