Theatre: Youth & Teen

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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 STAR Program productions have been Disney's Jungle Book Kids and Disney & Pixar's Finding Nemo Kids. The summer intensive production for 2024 will be Seussical Kids and the fall 2024 offering will be Meredith Willson's Music Man Kids. 

The program is for those 7-14 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.


STAR Program Seussical Kids Camp (Instagram Post) (1)We are offering a STAR Program Seussical Kids summer camp intensive in Franklin this summer! Tickets are now on sale for this production with performances on June 8 at 3:00pm and 6:30pm. For tickets, click HERE.  
Music Man Kids (square) (1)The Fall 2024 offering for the STAR Program will be Meredith Willson's Music Man Kids. For more information and link to register, please peruse our Classes page HERE.
Meet our Instructor/Director: Ashley Taft
Ashley TaftAshley is a veteran of the theater, both on stage and behind the scenes. She is going on 20 years of working with local Children's Theater wearing the hats of Director, Producer, and Musical Director. She is an experienced professional vocalist who has trained in both Nashville and Los Angeles, and has performed in Los Angeles with Civic Light Opera professional theater. Ashley has also owned her own Vocal Studio business teaching beginners and intermediate singers how to reach their full potential. She moved to Spring Hill from Southern California with her husband and 4 kids. She started WCPR's Little Stars program in 2021 and has since added directing our STAR (Student Theatrical Arts Resource) Program in 2023. Ashley is excited to be working with WCPR to bring new opportunities to young performers.

Questions? Please contact Alison Worden at
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