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Straight to the Stars Youth Theatre

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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 will produce a 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 will offer our oldest child actors the opportunity to more fully develop their acting skills and delve into their characters in a smaller community of actors. Performances will take place in the beautiful Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park.


Straight to the Star Intro   AuditionsCheaper by the Dozen Auditions
Monday, July 1
5:30 - 8:30 pm
High School Students (Rising Freshmen - Graduating Seniors)
Williamson County Enrichment Center
110 Everbright Ave, Franklin

Our first Straight to the Stars production will be Cheaper by the Dozen, which is based on the true story of the Gilbreth family. The Gilbreth’s inventor father, who is well-known for bringing better efficiency to factories, keeps his family of twelve children running just as efficiently and the results of being part of the grand experiment are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective! To oldest daughter Anne, the chief effect seems to be that of making the children seem ridiculous to everyone else at school—especially to the boys! Dad pushes ahead with better organization for his large and delightful family, such as putting up a chart for the children to initial after completing each household task, using a rung as an imaginary bathtub to demonstrate how to take a really efficient bath and appointing a utilities officer to levy fines on wasters of electricity. While the situations are often uproarious, there's a serious reason that Dad is keeping secret. The children don't understand the reasons and oldest daughter Anne rebels. Dad and Anne are both miserable at the lack of understanding between them. Then in a deft and moving scene, Dad becomes aware of how much Anne has grown up.

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script. No registration is required to audition. The cast list will be posted Wednesday, July 3, at 4pm.

The activity fee is $75. Once the cast list is posted, the Activity Code will be given out. The fee must be paid by July 17 or your child will not be allowed to participate in this play.

Rehearsals will be Monday – Thursday from 5:30-8pm starting July 8 at the Williamson County Enrichment Center. As it gets closer to the performances, the rehearsal time may be extended. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be given out at the cast/parent meeting held on the first night of rehearsals. Performances will be August 9 and 10 at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center. 

Adapted by Christopher Sergel. From the book by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.


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Annie Rice: Director

Having grown up in Williamson County, Annie Rice is thrilled to be joining the Williamson County Parks & Recreation youth theatre family!  Annie and her family moved here in 1991 and lived in Brentwood where she attended Crockett Elementary, Woodland Middle, and Brentwood High School.  She was Fairview High School's theater director for five years and helped open Summit High School as their theater director eight years ago.  Over the years, she has appeared on stage around town at Towne Centre Theatre, Pull-Tight Theatre, and Old School Theatre as an actress and has directed well over 30 plays and musicals since her college days at Lipscomb University.  Her most recent shows include The Diary of Anne Frank, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, You Can't Take it With You, and Mary Poppins.

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


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