Need an anti-bullying show?

Need a good way to kick off the school year? You need an anti-bullying program!

This fall we have several great shows to choose from with anti-bullying themes:

The Lady of Bullyburg, a fairytale show

The Pirate of Bully Bay, a swashbuckling adventure

The Velveteen Rabbit, the classic story with a modern twist

Captain Friendship and the Bully Bandit, a super hero’s story

Bullysaurus Rex, a dinosaur story

Bullied, a realistic telling of what many teens deal with everyday

Maximus Mars, an out-of-this world experience

One Noble Knight, a knight’s journey to nobility

It Takes Courage, people throughout history who overcame great odds

Whatever you need, we have you covered!

Book your show today through: booking@brightstartheatre.com or by calling 336.558.7360!

QUICK! Check Your Mailbox!

Get ready! Our brochures will be hitting your mailboxes starting on Monday and we couldn’t be more excited!

The only catch is that our shows are selling out fast, so you had better find that show you can’t wait to see and get it on our books pronto.

Some of our most popular shows this fall are USA to Z (a political gameshow), Bullysaurus Rex (an anti-bullying dinosaur adventure) and Holiday Songs: Music Around the World (a celebration through music of holidays around the globe). And these are just 3 of 56 fabulous programs that your young audience can’t wait to see!

So go grab yourself a mocha latte, find a comfy seat and lose yourself in our brochure highlighting all of your favorites. What are you waiting for?!? ☕️✏️😀

Our Longest Running Show!

Have you ever seen our production of The Lady of Bullyburg? If you have, you have seen Bright Star’s longest running show ever!

This acclaimed anti-bullying fairy tale is celebrating 13 years on the road this fall! Schools and educators across the country have heralded this production with literally changing the climate of their school. Join ‘Lady Kindness’ as she saves her town from a visiting bully while learning a variety of empowering tools along the way.

This anti-bullying classic is the perfect kick-off to your school year.

Book now for a few open dates in October! This one’s selling out fast. There’s a reason it’s been around so long!😉

336.558.7360 or email: booking@brightstartheatre.com TODAY!

Bright Star and Virginia PTA Meet in Richmond

We’re pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, we will be attending the Virginia PTA  Leadership Training and Annual Conference.  In fact, I’ll be packing up my vehicle and preparing for tomorrow’s trip as soon as this blog is complete! The 2016 Conference will be held at the Richmond Marriott Downtown and will take place July 14th through the 16th.

For several years, Bright Star has had a great relationship with Virginia schools, visiting the state dozens of times each year and often returning to the same schools year after year. In fact, yesterday I had an opportunity to talk with one of our PTA sponsors in Northern Virginia who has booked us every year since I started working with Bright Star four years ago. They will be bringing us back this year for one of our Black History Programs.  It is always such a pleasure to have a continuing relationship with PTA members who are seeking great programs for their local schools.

I hope to meet many more wonderful PTA members at this week’s conference and find more great schools that we can visit year after year!  If you will be attending the Virginia PTA Conference this week, please stop by and see me at Booth 49.  I’ll be there with lots of great information about all of our 2016-2017 shows which include Anti-bullying Adventures, Science Shows, Black History Programs, Literary Classics, Holiday Celebrations and more (even a show that I am incredibly excited about which covers the founding of the U.S. and how elections work–with a game show format)!

Richmond, Virginia here I come!

Erin Schmidt, Director of Development

New Adventures in Anti-Bullying

Bright Star’s Fall Tours are often full of spectacularly colorful and adventure filled anti-bullying programs. Well, this year is no different! Invite your students to learn the importance of treating everyone with respect and kindness all while laughing with dinosaurs or defending a kingdom with knights and wizards! This year Bright Star has developed two brand new plays for different age groups that portray the serious effects of bullying while equipping students with tools to defeat bullying at your school.

Bullysaurus Rex (best for grades PreK-5th). Our play focuses around Terri Dactyl, the new dinosaur on the block and her struggle to be accepted by Bullysaurus Rex, the biggest and most powerful dinosaur. While Bullysaurus Rex combats her with everything he’s got, she does meet some friendly faces such as Treyceratops, a friendly dino who happens to get bullied too, and for no reason at all! Then there is Gregosaurus, a hilarious salesman who’s got the cure for just about everything, including some terrific ways to deal with bullies. This show also empowers those who see bullying happening to say something and put a stop to it altogether!

One Noble Knight (best for grades 3rd-8th). In a distant kingdom ruled by the cruel Queen Edda, one noble knight must unexpectedly rise to the task of defeating her bullying ways. With the help of the wise wizard, Waldermar, and the Queen’s comedic servant, Bumbleworth, Sir Sterling, our knight, will learn to overcome all obstacles in order to save the kingdom and all its people. Sterling will use the tools he learns along his epic journey in order to handle this bully and stay kind and loyal to his Queen. This more serious and fantastical look at bullying will teach your older grades the importance of respect and leadership!

We are certain that these two new anti-bullying shows are bound to amaze your young audience while teaching them one of the most important lessons, respect for one another.

Actor Spotlight – Tour 16

Hello, we are pleased as punch to proudly present to you our actors from our Summer Tour 16!

Meet Sherman Lee Sutton, a veteran Bright Star Performer from Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Theatre Performance degree and a minor in Vocal Performance.

Meet Hannah Storch from Cleveland, Ohio, a first timer to Bright Star but she has taken to the material like a pro. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Theatre and English.

This amazingly talented crew is performing some hilarious, Upcycled Cinderella, high energy, The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z and some very educational and inspiration programs, Jackie Robinson. We can’t wait to see where their summer adventure takes them! And we wish them all the best on the road.

Bright Star at ALA 2016!

We had the most amazing time at the ALA (American Library Association) Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL this past weekend! We met a lot of really awesome librarians, saw many sponsors who bring us in every year, got a load of some extravagant booths and library technology, saw one of our favorite librarians ever that we work with in St. Petersburg, Russia each year and even took a selfie with Paula Poundstone! It was quite a whirlwind. (Check out the pics below:)

If you were at the conference this past weekend, you may remember us from the character ‘Granny’ that greeted everyone who crossed paths with our booth.

We had a great time and can’t wait to see you all again in Chicago 2017!

BRIGHT STAR LOVES OUR LIBRARIANS! ⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️

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Actor Spotlight – Tour 17

Hello World!

We are so excited to introduce our Actors for our Summer Tour 17 who recently hit the road to perform The Velveteen Rabbit, Aesop’s Fables, and Once Upon a Time…

Meet Alex Bates from Florence, Alabama and currently studying theatre at Jacksonville State University.

Meet Joseph Johnson from Charlotte, North Carolina and currently studying performing arts at North Carolina A&T State University.

These talented actors have worked with Bright Star in past seasons and we are so thrilled that they were available to re-join the Bright Star Family! They each bring such energy and comedy to their shows. We can’t wait for the reviews to come pouring in.

Time to Find the Perfect School Assembly

This is an exciting time of year at Bright Star.  We’re gearing up for our 2016-2017 season of professional, touring productions and this year we have 50 amazing plays to plan for, including 7 brand new shows: Alice in WonderlandBullysaurus RexOne Noble NightUSA to Z Holiday Songs: Music Around the WorldBuilding Stories and Gus Goes Green: A STEM Adventure! That’s a lot of costumes, props and sets!  We cannot wait to finish up our T-Rex Costume, our Cheshire cat and our Patriotic Prizes for USA to Z, which is a game-show-themed program about our government and elections (just in time for the big election in 2016)!

With the school year wrapping up, administrators and teachers have a chance to plan their assemblies for the following year. This means that we have a chance to reconnect with some of our favorite sponsors from all across the country–and beyond. Just today, we’ve had the joyful opportunity of speaking with school sponsors in North and South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Tennessee and even Germany! There have been many smiles and great conversations about which of our 45-minute plays will best suit their school’s needs. Some of the sponsors we’ve spoken to today have been choosing Bright Star shows every year for several years and we’ve received so much positive feedback about the quality of our performances and how their students excitedly await another visit from Bright Star actors. Some have even been taking advantage of our special rate for bringing in 4 different assemblies throughout the year for $2500 ($625 per assembly). It is truly a joy to help schools find the perfect program for every occasion; whether it’s an anti-bullying show to kick off the school year, a holiday celebration, a Black History program, a literary classic or a STEM show.

We look forward to hearing from even more of our loyal sponsors and, of course, from schools who are bringing in their first Bright Star play. It’s going to be another great year of bringing professional theatre to young audiences everywhere!

Erin Schmidt, Director of Development

Success in Europe

The team is back together again and with amazing news from their travels in Europe. The 58th Annual European PTA Conference was a great success. We made new friends with many of the American Schools based in Germany, Italy, Sicily, Spain and more!  Erin and Reeni performed their version of Aesop’s Fables to a packed out house who by the end was quoted as saying, “We have never seen anything like this. You all were so good! We can’t wait to bring you in!” The entire weekend was fun, encouraging and informative.  Check out the Bright Star Video from our performance and for more information about our international touring opportunities, please visit our website here, http://www.brightstartheatre.com/other-programs/.

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