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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, 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, directed by Annie Rice. 

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 the Straight to the Stars' productions of Cheaper by the Dozen, the Check Please! Trilogy, and While the Lights Were Out. 

erin laming (2)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 directed the Spring 2021 workshop production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. 

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


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