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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.


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Our Town
Thursday and Friday, May 21 and 22

5:00-7:00 pm (Come anytime within time frame)
Williamson County Enrichment Center
110 Everbright Avenue, Franklin

Ages Rising 9th Graders – Graduating High School Seniors

Our Straight to the Stars production for Summer 2020 will be Our Town. Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners and the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. 

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script. No registration is required to audition. The cast list will be posted Tuesday, May 26 at 10am.

The Cast activity fee is $100. Once the cast list is posted, the Activity Code will be given out. The fee must be paid by June 10 or your child will not be allowed to participate in this play.

Rehearsals will be Monday - Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm beginning June 1 at the Williamson County Enrichment Center. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be given out at the cast/parent meeting held on the first night of rehearsals.

Performances will be July 10-11, 2020 at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park.

About Our Town:
A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Narrated by the “Stage Manager”, we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes. Through the young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners’ locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. “Oh, earth,” Emily Webb exclaims towards the play’s end, “you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you.” With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Our Town offers a unique opportunity to make precisely that realization.

"Our Town" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. 


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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 nine 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 last summer's Straight to the Stars' Cheaper by the Dozen.

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


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