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Rising Stars

Rising Stars is a wonderful training ground for young performers ages K 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.", and "The Little Mermaid, Jr.". The Musical Theatre Experience Program has produced "101 Dalmatians Kids", "Annie Kids", "Aristocats Kids", and "Dear Edwina, Jr."

Social Media - Schoolhouse Rock Live JR auditionsFor more information on our Summer 2021 Intensive, Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR, please go to the Auditions page

For more information on our Summer Camps for 2021, 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.

 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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