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Rising Stars

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 Performances FlyerInto the Woods Jr and A Very Mixed-Up Fairytale Performances:
Fri, March 1 - 7pm
Sat, March 2 - 10:30am (Sensory-Friendly*)
Sat, March 2 - 2:30pm
Sun, March 3 - 2:30pm
Sun, March 3 - 6:00pm
Williamson County Performing Arts Center
112 Everbright Ave., Franklin
Tickets $8 each
Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department’s (WCPR) children’s theatre group, Rising Stars (formerly Star Bright Jr.), will present “Into The Woods Jr.” (and pre-show “A Mixed-up Fairy Tale”) at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park.

This Tony Award-winning musical includes many favorite characters: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and 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."

*Sensory Friendly Performance: The 10:30am performance on Saturday, March 2 is designed to create a more comfortable experience for those with sensitivity to sensory input and their families. Please feel free to bring comforting objects and noise-reducing headphones. We will also have a sign language interpreter. Please click HERE for more information about the sensory friendly performance and to access our Social Story to share with your child.

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


Aladdin Jr AuditionsAladdin Jr. Auditions
Saturday, May 11
1-3pm for ages 5-8
3-5pm for ages 9-8th grade
Franklin Recreation Complex
1120 Hillsboro Rd, Franklin

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 5-8pm 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.


FileJulia Nolan: Director

Julia Nolan has an extensive background in every aspect of the performing arts industry. 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.” 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. 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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