Time to start thinking about the holidays!

The holiday season is just around the corner… make merry with your students by bringing in a Bright Star performance!

We are bringing back our most popular holiday classics such as Christmas with Santa, A Dickens Tale, and Holidays Around the World, as well as introducing our exciting new productions Old MacDonald’s Sing-Along Farm and Stone Soup and Other Heartwarming Tales.

We can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with your school… call us today to inquire about availability!
336-558-7360

Celebrate Diversity with Bright Star!

Bring awareness to your classroom with one of our newest productions for this season, Dreaming of America! The American story is the story of people who dreamed of a new home, one of migrants and immigrants who faced tremendous difficulty along the way. Share these incredible stories with your students by bringing in a Bright Star Assembly this fall!

Our Theatre Camps are So EPIC.

Are you looking to host a Theatre Camp this summer? Book a week with us! For $2500 our trained camp teachers will work with 30 young people for 1-week on creating their own scenes. The students will write, direct, costume, design and star in their very own short plays. During that week, they will also learn many valuable lessons & tools in the basics of theatre. Camps are a great way to raise money for any organization and a great way to involve your community in the arts!

Call or email us today to book your camp now! Call 336.558.7360 or email booking@brightstartheatre.com.

We can’t wait to see you!

 

Lessons & Laughter–Our Specialty!

What is more fun than laughter? Nothing! At Bright Star, our mission is letting young people learn important lessons and encouraging them have a great time while doing so. Your students will walk away from our shows filled with knowledge & joy every time. We are very passionate about what we do and we want to share that with you.
Want us to bring some laughter to you and your school, library, theatre or town? Give us a call or send us an email! If you mention this blog post, we’ll even give you $100 off if you book a new show that takes place between now and May 31st!
We can’t wait to watch your audience roll with laughter!😂
Booking Phone: 336.558.7360, Booking Email: booking@brightstartheatre.com.

 

Celebrating Black History in 2017!

Bright Star is gearing up for one of our favorite times of the year; our Black History Series! This year will be our biggest year yet with 7 different tours comprised of 14 actors traveling all across the country. We are returning some of our favorite shows like “George Washington Carver and friends” and “Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement,” as well as a slew of brand new shows that will excitedly be making their world premier!

As we ring in 2017, we hope to educate, entertain, and inspire our audiences, youth to adults, to change the world. If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has taught us one thing, it’s that one person truly can make a difference. We hope that his legacy will continue to motivate us all, not just throughout February, but the entire year, to be the absolute best version of ourselves possible.

So whether you live in Tacoma, Washington or New Haven, Connecticut, odds are we have a tour coming your way! From Black History, to anti-bullying, Bright Star has a show to educate and entertain audiences of all ages! For more information on our Black History Series, or any of the other shows offered year round, please contact us at booking@brightstartheatre.com and we would be happy to help! Above all else, happy new year!

Have you picked your holiday show?

Well, have you?! We only have a few openings left on our holiday tours! You better book fast!

Are you looking for a way to celebrate holidays from many different cultures this season? Book our show Holidays Around the World best for grades K-5 for your school. It is such a popular show we have it on 3 different tours this November & December!

*Book a show today: booking@brightstartheatre.com or call us: 336.558.7360!

Meet our Executive Team!

We are so very excited to announce Bright Star Theatre’s Executive Team!

With the Executive Team in place, Bright Star is excited to explore larger territories, such as Texas, Alaska and the west coast, as well as European tours. We are also very happy to announce that we are moving into a multimedia platform. Children’s books & television shows are next on our list.

Pictured left to right: David Ostergaard, the company’s founder, owner & Chief Executive Officer; Josh Batenhorst, the new Chief Operating Officer; Tina Ostergaard, Chief Creative Officer & (not pictured) Jeffrey Scott, Chief Financial Officer.

 

Showcasing at United Arts

Are you going to be at the United Arts Performer’s Showcase in Raleigh this weekend? SO ARE WE! We are proud to present two amazing performers showcasing snippets of two of our favorite Black History programs: Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King and Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement.

Come check us out on Saturday at our booth and chat with us in person. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Meet Dr. King

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

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/.

Experiments, Sports & Pinocchio, OH MY!

Our first summer tour is in the thick of rehearsal week! Did you know that all of our actors here at Bright Star are professionally trained? They show up with 3-different scripts memorized and ready to go and then we rehearse the shows in just 5 SHORT DAYS! That’s it! Can you believe it?

Right now we have two brilliant actors making us laugh every single day of their rehearsal week. They are eager and ready to entertain you with any one of these 3 shows: Professor Parsnip’s Lab of Healthy Choices, The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z and Storybook Tales: Pinocchio & Robin Hood.

If you want to see any of these 3 spectacular shows in your library, school or venue, call 336.558.7360 or email booking@brightstartheatre.com to book a show today!