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The STAR Program

The STAR (Student Theatrical Arts Resource) Program offers a fast-paced, but FUN education in musical theatre: 10 weeks (plus tech/show week) of singing, dancing, and acting, while working towards a culminating production of 2 performances on a professional stage. (This program was formerly called the Musical Theatre Experience Program. The Musical Theatre Experience Program has produced "101 Dalmatians Kids", "Annie Kids", "Aristocats Kids", "Dear Edwina, Jr.", "Seussical Kids", "Frozen Kids", "Lion King Kids, "The Addams Family" (young@part version), and "James & the Giant Peach JR.") The first STAR Program production is Disney's Jungle Book Kids in the fall of 2023.

The program is for those 7-12 who may be new to musical theatre and want to gain some experience before trying our audition-based programs. Each class meets once per week for 2 hours and produces a “Kids” version of a play.

Updated Finding Nemo Kids (Square)The STAR Program – Disney’s Finding Nemo Kids 
Cost: $250 + $25 supply fee
Ages: 7 to 12
Tuesdays in College Grove, Wednesdays in Nolensville or Thursdays in Franklin
Instructor: Ashley Taft

NOLENSVILLE JUST ADDED! The STAR program offering for the spring of 2024 will be Disney’s Finding Nemo Kids. The activity fee includes a show T-shirt and scripts. The supply fee ($25 paid directly to the instructor) covers costumes and props. There is a $25 sibling discount (after first child) if siblings register in the same transaction.

Disney’s Finding Nemo KIDS is a 30-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo KIDS brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure. 

Performances and Tech/Show Week Rehearsals for both classes will be at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Franklin:
•    The Franklin Cast will perform Friday, March 22 at 6:30pm and Saturday, March 23 at 1:30pm at the PAC. Tech/Show week rehearsals will be Monday, March 18 (5-7:30pm) and Thursday, March 21 (5-8pm) at the PAC.
•    The College Grove Cast will perform Saturday, March 23 at 4pm and 6:30pm at the PAC. Tech/show week rehearsals will be Sunday, March 17* (1-3:30pm) and Tuesday March 19 (5-8pm) at the PAC.
•    The Nolensville Cast will perform Sunday, March 24 at 1:30pm and 4pm at the PAC. Tech/show week rehearsals will be Sunday, March 17* (3:45-6:15pm) and Wednesday, March 20 (5-8pm) at the PAC.

*Note: March 17 is the Sunday at the end of WCS spring break. 

Disney’s Finding Nemo Kids is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 

Our class options are:

Location: College Grove Artsitorium 
Dates: Tuesdays, January 2, 2024 – March 23* (See above for tech/show week rehearsal and performance schedule.) 
Schedule: 5:45-7:45pm 

Location: Nolensville Recreation Center (Just added!) 
Dates: Wednesdays, January 3, 2024 – March 24* (See above for tech/show week rehearsal and performance schedule.) 
Schedule: 5:45-7:45pm 

Location: Franklin Recreation Complex 
Dates: Thursdays, January 4, 2024 – March 23* (See above for tech/show week rehearsal and performance schedule.) 
Schedule: 5:45-7:45pm 

(*Note: Classes will not meet during spring break March 12 and 14.)

Register HERE beginning November 1.


Questions? Please contact Alison Worden at alison.worden@williamsoncounty-tn.gov
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