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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 Musical Theatre Experience classes during the school year (for those in K-5th grade).


The Little Mermaid Jr AuditionsRising Stars Auditions: Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR
Sunday, November 17, 2019
1:30-4:30 pm (Come anytime within time frame)
Franklin Recreation Complex
1120 Hillsboro Rd, Franklin

Ages Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Our Rising Stars Winter production for 2020 will be Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture and based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories.

For auditions, actors should prepare a Broadway-style song to sing acapella and wear clothes that are comfortable for movement. No registration is required to audition. The cast list will be posted Wednesday, November 20, at 4:30pm. Due to the size of the venue, no more than 45 children will be cast in this production.

The Cast activity fee is $100. Once the cast list is posted, the Activity Code will be given out. The fee must be paid by December 20 or your child will not be allowed to participate in this play.

Rehearsals will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm, (although some parts do not require being at every rehearsal) beginning December 12th at the Franklin Recreation Complex (with a holiday break from Dec 20 – Jan 6). A detailed rehearsal schedule will be given out at the cast/parent meeting held on the first night of rehearsals.

Performances will be February 13-15, 2020 at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park.

Blandina Vergara-Cruz will direct this Rising Stars production.

About Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR: Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR is 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 numerous 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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