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.
Our summer intensive this year is Disney’s Aladdin JR. which is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for your young performers!
For auditions, please prepare 30 seconds of an age-appropriate Broadway musical song. There will also be a simple dance routine taught during auditions, so come prepared to move. No registration is required to audition.
The activity fee is $75. (Once cast list is posted, the Activity Code will be given out. Fee must be paid by June 4th.)
Rehearsals will be Mon-Fri from 5:30-8pm starting May 28th (at Franklin Recreation Complex) with performances June 21st – 23rd (at Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park – Franklin).
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com.
Julia Nolan: Director
Julia Nolan has an extensive background in every aspect of the performing arts industry. A graduate of Wagner College in New York City, she has toured the world, appeared in shows in Las Vegas and on cruise ships, performed with Lee Greenwood and Earth, Wind and Fire, appeared in commercials, and had several number one hits in Japan. Prior to moving to Franklin, Julia created The Foundation for Performing Arts in Idaho that produced numberous children's theatre productions each year. Her love of directing and writing of revue shows has been seen in many different schools and theatre groups across the country.
Shana Purkey: Directing Assistant
Shana has over 20 years of dance, vocal, and theater training as well as a diverse performance background. 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 pageantry, where she placed 1st Runner up to Miss Georgia.
Rachel 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 has toured with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre in the Midwest and worked at the Walt Disney World Resort as a character attendant through the Disney College Program.