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Straight to the Stars Youth Theatre

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Straight to the Stars Youth Theatre produces an audition-based straight (non-musical) play starring High School actors (rising freshmen through graduating seniors) during the summer. Straight plays generally have smaller casts, so these productions offer our oldest youth actors the opportunity to more fully develop their acting skills and delve into their characters in a smaller community of actors.

Straight to the Stars' inaugural production was Cheaper by the Dozen in August 2019, directed by Annie Rice and starring students from over half of Williamson County's high schools plus several home school groups. Performances were in the beautiful Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park.

In the summer of 2020, Straight to the Stars produced a socially-distanced blocked production of the Check Please trilogy and, in the Spring of 2021, Erin Laming directed a workshop class of Shakespeare's The Tempest. The Summer 2021 production was the murder mystery farce, While the Lights Were Out, by Jack Sharkey, and for the summer of 2022, Straight to the Stars produced 2 sold out performances of Anne of Green Gables, adapted by Joseph Robinette, from the novel by L.M. Montgomery, both directed by Annie Rice. The summer 2023 production was Ghostlight by Stephen Gregg, directed by Tyler Worden.

She Kills Monsters (Instagram Post) (3) - Copy (2)The summer of 2024 production will be She Kills Monsters, directed by Deidra Alexander. She Kills Monsters tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. 

Performances for She Kills Monsters will be at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center in Franklin the weekend of August 8-10, 2024. 

She Kills Monsters is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.  

Meet the Director for She Kills Monsters, Deidra Alexander: 

Deidra Alexander HeadshotDeidra is incredibly honored to have the amazing opportunity to direct in the Straight to the Stars program this summer.  As a Franklin native, Deidra’s love for theatre bloomed at her high school’s theatre department, where she was granted incredible opportunities as a performer, crew member, and student choreographer. She continued her passion for performance at Western Kentucky University. Her time at Western gave her the structure to expand and explore her love for the arts in several different areas such as choreography, directing, casting, producing and more. Deidra graduated in Spring 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Theatre, with concentrations in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts Administration. 

Deidra’s mission as director is to create a safe environment for young artists to gain confidence in their craft and strive for exploration, collaboration, and community within the performing arts. Straight to the Stars holds a very special place in Deidra’s heart, as she was the Assistant Director of last summer’s production, Ghostlight, which sparked her passion for this program. She is ecstatic to be directing She Kills Monsters and hopes to have the opportunity to work with you!              

For further information contact Alison Worden at or 615-786-0186 ext. 2513. 

If you have questions about any of our Youth Theatre programs, please email Alison Worden at

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