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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.


Stay tuned for information on auditioning for our next Rising Stars play.

Aladdin Jr Performances updatedAladdin, Jr.
Fri, June 21 – 7pm
Sat, June 22 - 3pm (Sensory-Friendly*)

Sat, June 22 – 7pm
Sun, June 23 – 2pm
Williamson County Performing Arts Center
Tickets $10 each
Tickets available HERE.

Our summer production for the Rising Stars 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. Please join us in enjoying the talents of these young performers, ages 5 through 8th grade.

* This play will include our second offering of a Sensory-Friendly play, with our Saturday 3pm performance of Aladdin, Jr. This performance 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. Click HERE  for more information on our sensory-friendly performances and a link to a 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.


FileJulia Nolan

Julia Nolan, with Center Stage Entertainment,  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.

IMAGEShana Purkey

Shana Purkey, with Center Stage Entertainment, 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. 

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 various theater companies in town, including Pull-Tight Players where she served as a Board Member, advisor of the Teen Youth Actors Guild and director of several musicals in their past seasons. 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”. 

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