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Rising Stars (formerly Star Bright, Jr.)

Rising Stars is a wonderful training ground for young performers ages 5 through 8th grade. Rising Stars produces at least 2 full-scale musical productions each year in an effort to give younger actors the skills and opportunity to be on stage in leading roles. Additionally, several Broadway style intensives/camps are offered each summer along with workshops hosted by seasoned professionals in the performing arts industry.

Into the Woods Jr Auditions FlyerThank you to all who auditioned for Into the Woods, Jr.!
Please click HERE for the CAST LIST.
Note: To accept your part, you must email Alison Worden at
She will email you the link to register and make the activity fee payment.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 to 7:45 pm at the Franklin Rec Center. A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be given out at the mandatory parent meeting/read thru Tues, January 8, at 5:45 pm.

"This Tony-award winning musical includes many of your favorite characters: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk!), and of course the Witch -- all who meet and interact in this whimsical and original show. Step into adventure as their different stories intertwine with each other when they all journey Into the Woods."

Once cast, the $75 registration fee will cover 40+ hours of professional instruction, make-up, costumes, sets, full production, and a t-shirt.

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Performance Dates: March 1-3, 2019


FileJulia Nolan: Director

Julia Nolan has an extensive background in every aspect of the performing arts industry. Julia is thrilled to be back in Middle Tennessee to share her musical talents after traveling the world singing, recording and touring with different acts. Her talents can be heard on numerous recordings and soundtracks – she even had several number one hits in Japan. Julia has toured the world with different artists from Sony records, has performed alongside Lee Greenwood, Earth, Wind and Fire, performed in shows in Las Vegas, for Disney, on cruise ships and sung for numerous conventions and private parties. Growing up in South Florida brought opportunity in National commercials with the N.Y.Yankees, Kool- Aid, and Jordache jeans. She attended a performing arts high school in Memphis, Tennessee and on to a conservatory for musical theatre -- Wagner College in New York City. Julia lived in Japan for almost 5 years recording and touring with some of the country’s top acts. After coming back to America, she recorded the Maybelline commercials- “Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline.” She toured the world with a new artist from Sony records named Rhona Bennett who now sings with the group ‘En Vogue’ and has her own radio show in Los Angeles. While living across the country, Julia created a non-profit 501(c)(3) children’s theatre- The Foundation for Performing Arts in Idaho Falls, Idaho with an enrollment of over 200 talented students from 2003-2007 and produced at least 5 productions a year. While acting as the artistic director, Julia organized several different successful fundraisers for the performing arts center, plus wrote and received grants for different arts projects locally. The foundation also received a large land grant from a local investor to build an entertainment complex, all while under Julia’s direction. Her love of directing and writing of revue shows has been seen in many different schools and theatre groups from Idaho, to the coast of Georgia, to middle Tennessee. When Julia is not performing, she’s still working within the industry coaching and consulting other talented people to help them achieve their dreams and she also judges pageants and talent contests.

IMAGEShana Purkey: Directing Assistant
Shana has over 20 years of dance, vocal, and theater training as well as a diverse performance background. She has performed locally and regionally since the age of 4 for audiences of 20 to 20,000. Her solo vocal and dance performances have earned her a number of regional and national titles as well as lead musical theater roles. Shana also has an extensive background in the world of pageantry where she placed 1st Runner up to Miss Georgia. Shana now uses her training and experience coaching pageant and talent competition contestants, working as a makeup artist for photoshoots, competitions, and runway shows, as well as image consulting.

Rachel Humphrey photoRachel Humphrey: Directing Assistant

Rachel Humphrey is originally from Franklin and recently graduated from Millikin University with her BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in dance. She spent this past summer touring with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre in the Midwest, and just returned from working at the Walt Disney World Resort as a character attendant through the Disney College Program.

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