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Rising Stars

Rising Stars is a wonderful training ground for young performers in 1st 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 Musical Theatre Experience classes during the school year. Rising Stars is audition-based, while Musical Theatre Experience is class-based.

Past plays produced by the Rising Stars include "Annie, Jr.", "Lion King, Jr.", "Into the Woods, Jr.", "Aladdin, Jr.", "The Little Mermaid, Jr.", "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.", "Peter Pan Jr.", and "Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr." The winter 2023 production will be "Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR". For more information on auditions for Mary Poppins JR, go to our Auditions page.  

The Musical Theatre Experience Program has produced "101 Dalmatians Kids", "Annie Kids", "Aristocats Kids", "Dear Edwina, Jr.", "Seussical Kids", "Frozen Kids" and "Lion King Kids." The fall of 2022 will bring "The Addams Family" (young@part version). 

For more information on our upcoming classes and summer camps, please go to the Classes, Camps & Workshops page



FileJulia Nolan
Julia Nolan, with Center Stage Entertainment, has an extensive background in all aspects of the performing arts industry. A graduate of Wagner College in New York City, she has toured the world, appeared 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 numerous children's theatre productions each year. Her love of directing and writing revue shows has been seen in many different schools and theatres across the country. Currently, Julia directs our Musical Theatre Experience Program classes with productions. 


 Blandina headshotBlandina Vergara-Cruz
With over 25 years of experience in directing and working in the entertainment industry in Las Vegas and Franklin, Blandina Vergara-Cruz has worked with both adults and children at various theater companies in town, including Pull-Tight Players and Expression City. She is the director of our Rising Stars theatre program. When she’s not teaching, directing or performing, Blandina is involved in community projects like, “Kids on Stage Summer Academy” as the assistant director and community board member of “Tennessee Kids Arts Festival”. Blandina and her husband set up the non-profit Ray of Light Foundation in honor of their son Raymond's legacy after his passing from cancer in 2019. For more information, go to rayoflighttncom. 

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