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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 award-winning 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. Straight plays generally have smaller casts, so these productions 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.

Straight to the Stars' inaugural production was Cheaper by the Dozen in August 2019, 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. 

Shakespeare Revised SchedStraight to the Stars Youth Theatre’s next offering will be a spring 2021 workshop class producing William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Erin Laming will direct this 6-week class. 

We are limiting this program to 20 participants per class so that we can safely rehearse and perform using social distancing methods. Please click HERE for WCPR Children’s Theatre 2021 Protocols. All participants are expected to comply with these protocols.

As You Like It Workshop:
•    Ages: High School 

•    Cost: $150 

•    Schedule: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 5:00-7:00pm beginning March 8 with additional Saturday rehearsals April 3 and April 17 (1:00-4:00pm). Note: Class will not meet the week of March 15 - 19, March 25-26, April 9, April 12. 

•    Rehearsal Location: Franklin Recreation Complex at 1120 Hillsboro Pike in Franklin for rehearsals March 8 – April 16. Rehearsals starting April 19 will be at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at 112 Everbright Avenue in Franklin.

•    Performances*: Thursday, April 29 at 7pm and Friday, April 30 at 7pm at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center

•    Activity Code: 19501 (Register HERE beginning at 9am on Friday, February 12)

After registration, participants will be instructed on submitting video auditions so that roles will be cast and participants will be ready to begin rehearsals upon the first class meeting.

Synopsis of As You Like It: As You Like It is one of Shakespeare's great comedies in which love's complications evolve into a jumble of gender roles, nature, and politics, culminating in recognition of the true identity of the lovers and celebration in marriage. The story follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone to find safety -- and eventually love -- in the Forest of Arden as they encounter a variety of memorable characters.  This classic play reflects on how mystifying yet unreservedly pleasurable life can be.

*Performances will be in front of a live socially-distanced audience or videoed with link provided to participants, depending upon current recommendations regarding Covid spread.

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


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Annie Rice: Director

Having grown up in Williamson County, Annie Rice is thrilled to be a part of 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 ten 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 at Summit High School include The Diary of Anne Frank, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, You Can't Take it With You, Mary Poppins, and The Crucible. She also directed both of the Straight to the Stars' productions so far, Cheaper by the Dozen and the Check Please! Trilogy. 

Erin Laming: Director
Erin Laming holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Middle Tennessee State University and has directed, assistant directed, and/or choreographed many productions in the middle Tennessee area. She has served as the Assistant Director/Choreographer of WCPR's award-winning Star Bright Players for over 10 years. Erin is directing the Spring 2021 workshop production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. 

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


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