Bright Star Theatre’s New Production-Based Camps

At Bright Star Theatre, we’re passionate about nurturing the next generation of performers, storytellers, and creative minds. This summer, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new production-based theatre camps, offering young aspiring actors an immersive and transformative theatrical experience. Our camps are structured into four unique programs, each designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of different aspects of theatre production.

Camp 1: Create Your Own Showcase

In our first camp, campers will experience the magic of creating a showcase entirely from scratch. This program allows young people to dive into every aspect of theatre production, from writing the script to designing the sets, creating costumes, and directing scenes. Participants will collaborate to develop their original production, gaining hands-on experience in:

  • Scriptwriting: Crafting engaging dialogues and storylines.
  • Directing: Bringing their vision to life on stage.
  • Acting: Developing characters and honing performance skills.
  • Set and Costume Design: Creating the visual elements of their show.

This camp is perfect for budding theatre enthusiasts who want to explore all facets of production and unleash their creativity in a supportive, collaborative environment.

Camp 2: Our Adventure in American History

Our second camp invites students to mount a production called “Our Adventure in American History.” This camp combines education with entertainment, as campers delve into significant moments and figures in American history. Participants will:

  • Explore Historical Events: Bringing key moments in history to life through performance.
  • Character Development: Portraying historical figures with authenticity and depth and lots of laughter.
  • Collaborative Production: Working together to create a cohesive and informative show.

Through this camp, students will gain a deeper appreciation for American history while enhancing their theatrical skills.

Camp 3: Once Upon a Fairy Tale

In our third camp, “Once Upon a Fairy Tale,” campers will step into the magical world of fairy tales. This enchanting program focuses on classic stories, allowing participants to:

  • Adapt Fairy Tales: Bringing beloved stories to the stage with a fresh twist.
  • Creative Expression: Using their imagination to enhance traditional narratives.
  • Performance Skills: Developing their acting and storytelling abilities.

This camp is designed to inspire creativity and wonder, encouraging young actors to explore the timeless appeal of fairy tales.

Camp 4: Black History A to Z

Our fourth camp, “Black History A to Z,” celebrates the rich and diverse contributions of Black individuals throughout history. Campers will:

  • Study Influential Figures: Learning about significant Black leaders, artists, scientists, and more.
  • Create Biographical Performances: Bringing the stories of these individuals to life on stage.
  • Cultural Appreciation: Gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of Black history and culture.

This camp aims to educate and inspire, providing a platform for young actors to explore important cultural narratives.

Learning from the Pros

Our camps are led by experienced theatre professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to the table. These mentors guide the campers through each step of the production process, offering insights and feedback that help them grow as performers and creators. By learning from those who have real-world experience in the industry, campers gain valuable skills and a deeper appreciation for the art of theatre.

Building Confidence and Teamwork

Theatre is a collaborative art form, and our production-based camps emphasize the importance of teamwork. Campers work together to overcome challenges, solve problems, and create something truly special. This collaborative environment fosters a sense of community and belonging, helping each camper build confidence in their abilities both on and off the stage.

The Grand Finale

The highlight of each camp is the final performance, where campers showcase their hard work and creativity to family and friends. This culminating event is a celebration of their journey, a chance for them to shine in the spotlight and share the magic they’ve created. The pride and joy seen on the faces of our young performers are what make these camps so special.

Book Your Camp Today! 

We invite you to join us at Bright Star Theatre’s new production-based camps. Whether your young students are budding actors, future directors, or creative minds eager to explore the world of theatre, our camps offer a unique and enriching experience. Enroll today and watch as your child’s creativity, confidence, and love for the arts blossom.

At Bright Star Theatre, we’re not just putting on a show—we’re inspiring the stars of tomorrow. Let the journey begin!

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International Tours are BACK! Bright Star Touring Theatre Enchants Turks and Caicos

In the idyllic islands of Turks and Caicos, where pristine beaches meet azure waters, a different kind of magic has been unfolding. This time, it’s not the breathtaking sunsets or the swaying palm trees but the captivating performances of Bright Star Touring Theatre that have been capturing hearts and sparking imaginations.

A Theatrical Voyage

Bright Star Touring Theatre, renowned for its engaging and educational productions, has embarked on a unique journey, bringing the enchantment of live theater to young audiences across the island—providing many young people with their first experience of theatre. 

Stories That Transcend

With a repertoire that ranges from classic fairy tales to historical dramas, Bright Star Touring Theatre has something for everyone. Their performances are crafted to educate and inspire, making them perfect for audiences of all ages. Whether it’s the timeless tales of Cinderella or the thought-provoking narratives of historical figures, each performance is a testament to the power of storytelling.

Educational Impact

One of the most significant aspects of Bright Star Touring Theatre’s visit is its educational impact. The productions are designed to be interactive, engaging young audiences in ways that textbooks often cannot. By bringing historical figures and literary characters to life, the theater company offers an immersive learning experience that encourages curiosity and a love for the arts.

Available Worldwide

Bright Star Shows are available worldwide and across the country.  Connect with us today to discover our residencies, camps and performance options. 

We are so grateful for this opportunity to serve these communities and we hope our visit inspires these young audiences for a lifetime of engagement with the arts.

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A Message From Our Founder

As Bright Star prepares to enter its 21st school year, we wanted to share a message from our company founder, David Ostergaard, about the big “Why” of our Bully Prevention programming. I thought the message was important to share early in the school year, and I think you will agree. – Josh Batenhorst, CEO

Dear friends,

When I reflect back on my time in school it’s fond memories of teachers that brought creativity and love to the classroom, it’s the iconic pizza slices, the school assemblies and the good friends. Unfortunately, like millions of others, these memories are sometimes tarnished by the darkest years of my life where I found myself being bullied on a near daily basis.

When I had the opportunity to create our first season with Bright Star—an anti-bullying show for the youngest grades was so important to me. I wanted our young audiences to hear these messages of hope, to understand that they weren’t alone and feel empowered to seek help to end it.

I am writing this appeal to express the deep importance of addressing and combating bullying in your community and beyond. Bullying is not just a trivial matter; it has profound and lasting effects on the lives of those who experience it. As someone who values compassion, understanding, and the well-being of others, I believe that taking a stand against bullying is a moral obligation that we all share.

Bright Star has long been a leader in our field providing a strong season of anti-bullying programming that seeks to serve audiences of all ages.

I have experienced firsthand how bullying can lead to emotional trauma, low self-esteem, anxiety, and even depression for the victims. These negative consequences extend beyond childhood and can continue to impact individuals throughout their lives. By promoting an environment that is free from bullying, we not only protect the mental and emotional health of our young people but also foster a sense of belonging and unity.

Furthermore, I firmly believe that promoting antibullying initiatives contributes to building a stronger, more empathetic society. When we actively work to prevent bullying, we send a clear message that kindness, respect, and inclusivity are our shared values. By educating ourselves and others about the effects of bullying, we empower individuals to become allies, standing up against harassment and discrimination in all forms.

As we strive for a more harmonious and compassionate world, let us remember that every person deserves to feel safe, valued, and accepted. By prioritizing antibullying efforts, we not only create a better present but also pave the way for a brighter future where every individual can thrive without the fear of mistreatment.

Thank you for considering my appeal. Together, we can make a meaningful difference and create a community where kindness prevails over cruelty.

We are living through uncertain times where bullies have been given megaphones in our daily lives through the media and politics of our age.

I hope sincerely you’ll join our mission in bringing light to the dark corners of our own lives and the young people that rely on us to be their voice.

Your commitment to the cause means so much. As I reflect back, I think most warmly of Dr. Tony Baldwin in my high school that helped to bring an end to four years of bullying and helped make my final two years of high school something full of sweet memories.

We each have this power to change the life of a young person today.


David Ostergaard

Company Owner/Founder

If you would like to make some of Bright Star’s Bully Prevention programming a part of your school year, reach out to schedule a performance or purchase an online show. Email or give us a call at 336-558-7360.

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Spring = Spellbound Students

Want to see spellbound students engaged and having fun while learning? Our Spring Tours will do the trick! For the Spring, we’re featuring shows about incredible women in American History, Earth Day and STEM, and classic literature!

+ Learn about Amelia Earhart, Sacajawea, Susan B. Anthony and more inspiring women from American history in We Can Do It: American Women in History. Available on Tours Spring 1 2023, Spring 1.5 2023, and Spring 1 2024.

+ Kids take the stage to engineer a device for gathering water, build a toy from recycled materials, and more in Gus Goes Green: Earth Day Edition. Available on Tours Spring 2 2023 and Spring 1 2024.

+ Creating an entire fairy tale from the janitor’s cart? Our hilarious and popular Upcycled Cinderella proves that a little creativity and ingenuity can go a long way! Available on Tours Spring 1 2023, Spring 1.5 2023, and Spring 1 2024.

And yes, we do still have a few openings for our 2023 Spring Tours!

If you’re ready to book for 2024, we’re ready, too! In fact, we’ve just announced our titles! We’re proud to announce a brand new show debuting in 2024: Dr. Bestlife’s Rx For Success: Healthy Choices for a Happy Life which gives audiences great ideas for navigating social media, building healthy friendships, and more!

Categories:   Anti-Bullying, History, Literary Classics, STEM

Tune In: Bright Star Super Station

We LOVE visiting you in person! But we know that there’s not always time for a live assembly. That’s why we created the Bright Star Super Station, a collection of 38 shows (and counting!) available anytime to stream.

Our pre-recorded shows offer amazing flexibility and with a school subscription to the Bright Star Super Station, your school can have access to ALL of our pre-recorded shows for one low price! Plus, as we add more titles, we’ll make sure you know that those are now a part of your subscription.

For $1195 your school can have access for up to 20 classrooms to watch any show at any time for an entire calendar year! Plus, all of our shows come with study guides and are connected to state and national standards which make them a great fit for any school.

Prices are increasing in January 2023, so we invite you to take advantage of this offer now – and have access to these shows all the way through December 2023!

Subscribe to the Bright Star Super Station for shows that focus on:

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Celebrate, Honor, Remember: Black History

An actor portraying Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. stands in front of a painted backdrop depicting the American flag next to protest signs. He is wearing a navy blue suit, a tie, and a dark hat.

Theatre is a great tool for learning history, connecting to stories, and understanding why and how people make the choices they do. Our Black History performances connect students to  courageous and creative Americans and their experiences in the struggle for justice, equality, and freedom.

We still have a few spots left for our 2023 Winter Tours!

OR if you’re ready to book for 2024, we’re ready, too! In fact, we’ve just announced our titles! We’re proud to announce a brand new show debuting in 2024: Empowered, Brilliant, and Brave: Great Women of Black History.

Plus, we have virtual shows that are convenient and affordable. Choose from 9 different titles – or get access to all 40+ of our pre-recorded shows for one low price with our Bright Star Super Station Subscription!

In-Person Performances for 2023: Bring a live performance to your school!

Heroes of the Underground Railroad (Best for grades K-5)
Winter Fables (Best for grades K-6)
Let it Shine (Best for grades 4-Adult)
George Washington Carver & Friends (Best for grades K-5)
Struggle For Freedom: The Life of Dr. King (Best for grades 4-Adult)
Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies (Best for grades 4-Adult)
African Folktales (Best for grades PreK-5)
Jackie Robinson (Best for grades K-5)
Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History (Best for grades 4-Adult)
Black History Hall of Fame (All Ages)
Rosa Parks and Friends (Best for grades K-5)
North by Night: More Heroes of the Underground Railroad (Best for grades 3-Adult)
Once Upon a Time: Cinderella & Jack and the Beanstalk (All Ages)
Meet Dr. King (Best for grades K-5)
Black History’s Groundbreaking Geniuses (Best for grades K-5)

OR, go ahead and book for 2024!

Heroes of the Underground Railroad (Best for grades K-5)
Winter Fables (Best for grades K-6)
Let it Shine (Best for grades 4-Adult)
George Washington Carver & Friends (Best for grades K-5)
Struggle For Freedom: The Life of Dr. King (Best for grades 4-Adult)
Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies (Best for grades 4-Adult)
African Folktales (Best for grades PreK-5)
Jackie Robinson (Best for grades K-5)
Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History (Best for grades 4-Adult)
Once Upon a Time: Cinderella & Jack and the Beanstalk (All Ages)
Meet Dr. King (Best for grades K-5)
Black History’s Groundbreaking Geniuses (Best for grades K-5)
Black History Hall of Fame (All Ages)
**NEW** Empowered, Brilliant & Brave: Great Women of Black History (All Ages)
Rosa Parks and Friends (Best for grades K-5)

Virtual Performances: Convenient and affordable!

Jackie Robinson (Best for grades K-5)
Meet Dr. King (Best for grades K-5)
George Washington Carver & Friends (Best for grades PreK-5)
Let it Shine: American Civil Rights Movement 1955-68 (Best for grades 3-Adult)
Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Best for grades 3-Adult)
African Folktales (Best for grades Pk-5)
Black History Heroes Soldiers & Spies (Best for grades 3+)
Heroes of the Underground Railroad (Best for K-5)
Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History (Best for grades 4+)
OR – get access to all 40+ of our pre-recorded shows for one low price with our Bright Star Super Station Subscription!

Get in touch with us today and let’s get started planning your program!
To book your show, give us a call at 336-558-7360 or email us at

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All Together Now! Our Summer Reading Tours are READY!

A woman is smiling and holding an open book in front of a painted backdrop featuring a sunshine

We LOVE that the Summer Reading theme for 2023 is “All Together Now.” Libraries all across the country are celebrating and encouraging friendship and kindness. And guess what? That’s what we’re all about, too!

Our Summer Tours are filling up fast! Our shows have friendship, kindness and unity baked right in. They are the perfect shows to go with your summer reading program.

We have special rates just for libraries – and if you book more than one show from the same tour, you can save even more!

Choose a Summer Reading Program from FOUR Amazing Tours!

Summer Tour 1

Old MacDonald’s Sing-Along Farm – sing along while sharing and caring for others!
Turkey Trouble at Friendly Acres Farm – empowering and fun!
Captain Friendship – kindness is the ultimate superpower!

Summer Tour 2

Aesop’s Fables – timely and timeless messages for all ages!
The Lady of Bullyburg – a world built on kindness is not just a fantasy!
Friend Request – positive friendships in-person and online!

Summer Tour 3

**NEW SHOW** Operation Kindness: A Captain Friendship Adventure – all ages can work together on Operation Kindness!
The Velveteen Rabbit – heartwarming tale of childhood and imagination!
Little Red and the Big Bully Wolf – funny, dramatic, and highly entertaining!

Summer Tour 4

**NEW SHOW** Operation Kindness: A Captain Friendship Adventure – all ages can work together on Operation Kindness!
Aesop’s Fables – timely and timeless messages for all ages!
Little Red and the Big Bully Wolf – funny, dramatic, and highly entertaining!

We can’t wait to see you this summer! To book your show, give us a call at 336-558-7360 or email us at

Categories:   Summer Reading

The Weather May Be Turning Colder But We’re Already Planning for SUMMER!

Theatre is one of the best activities that students can do to build important language skills like speaking, listening and language fluency. Theatre builds creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills while helping students to practice empathy, social awareness and resilience.
Best of all – Bright Star shows, workshops, residencies and camps make a great complement to whatever you have planned for your students this summer. Using techniques and skills taught by our amazing teaching artists, your students will build their own sketch show based on their interest and the camp themes.

We are available this summer across the country to help your school, library or performing arts organization serve students and families. Camps and residencies can be designed to fit your schedule. Just give us a call to start planning your program!

You provide the space and campers – We provide the teaching artists and curriculum.
5 Day Camp Pricing Starts at $4995!

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School is about more than just academics…

One of the most important things we do at Bright Star, is help students learn how to develop healthy relationships and comabat bullying. It has been a part of our mission from the very beginning and now we are in our 20th year of presenting shows that help students learn to identify and confront bullying wherever they find it.

A school assembly with Bright Star can be the perfect way to introduce important Social -Emotional Learning topics including bullying, online safety, positive attention, cultural awareness and so much more! If it is part of your mission to help students navigate a complicated world filled with difficult relationships and emotions, then Bright Star wants to bring one of our shows to YOU!

Bright Star has a number of shows and programs that can infuse your Social-Emotional Learning and Bully Prevention programming with the power of theatre! October is national Bully Prevention month. All of Bright Star’s shows have a strong character education component, helping students make sense of the larger world, understand other cultures, and learn to navigate tricky social situations. Check out our Fall Tours below!

Fall Tour 1

Turkey Trouble on Friendly Acres Farm

Everything has been so wonderful down on Friendly Acres Farm, that is, until a bullying turkey starts picking on the other farm animals and making life harder for everyone. Farmer Jim and his faithful dog must stop this bullying bird to save Friendly Acres.

Little Red and the Big Bully Wolf

The woods are scary enough without having to worry about a big bully howling in the shadows! Follow Little Red and meet her friends – the three little pigs, the Gingerbread Man, and more – as they learn to face their fears and stand up to the Big Bully Wolf! Learn to identify, report and resist bullying and develop healthy friendships as we follow Little Red on her journey to grandma’s house. Funny, dramatic, and highly entertaining!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

One of the first true classics of American literature, this is an authentic retelling of Washington Irving’s story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman! When Ichabod Crane takes a new job as schoolmaster of Sleepy Hollow, he was expecting to have a simple life, but things get complicated very quickly! This tale is just spooky enough to delight any audience as the days get shorter, the air gets colder, and the nights turn long and dark. A perfect introduction to this literary classic.

Fall Tour 2

The Lady of Bullyburg

The Lady of Bullyburg is our longest running bully prevention production because it has been heralded by educators and librarians for its power to change lives through lessons of friendship and kindness. Join Lady Kindness as she saves her town from a visiting bully while learning a variety of empowering tools along the way. A fairy tale that helps young audiences learn that a world built on kindness is not just a fantasy!

Maximus Mars

In a world where technology and society are changing at the speed of light, our hero, Maximus Mars, stands ready to challenge bullies wherever they may be found – in real life, online, or out of this world! Maximus Mars: An Intergalactic Bully Prevention Adventure stretches the imagination while exploring the challenges that students in middle grades face in the modern world – cyberbullying, electronic media, texting and more. Students need practical strategies for dealing with today’s pressures and Maximus Mars addresses those challenges in a direct and creative way.

A Tell-Tale Tale: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

No one tells a story quite like the Great Edgar Allan Poe! In A Tell-Tale Tale these spooky and clever stories and poems come to life before your very eyes. With a mastery of language that few can match, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and poems are as impactful today as they were in the 19th century when they were written. This show blends rich language with expert storytelling to produce a rich language arts experience for middle grades. Stories include “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” “The Bells” and more!

Fall Tour 3

Captain Friendship

Captain Friendship is our super fun, super impactful, superhero themed bully prevention circus adventure! There’s trouble under the big top as the Bully Bandit has struck fear in the hearts of all the performers. It’s up to one superhero to stand up and make a difference – Captain Friendship! Audiences learn to stand up to the Bully Bandit and find that kindness is the ultimate super-power!


Dr. Frank N. Stein is one of the world’s most famous scientists. Along with his trusty assistant, Igor, Dr. Stein has created some of the world’s most amazing inventions! But those inventions would be nothing without YOUR imagination. It will take Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to make his latest masterpiece come to life! This show helps students learn why STEM subjects are so important to the modern world while opening up an exciting world of STEM discovery. Back by popular demand, see why audiences made this our most popular STEM show ever!

Friend Request

A series of fun and informative vignettes, Friend Request explores the good and bad parts of social media and online culture. Technology can be great, but it also comes with some serious temptations and pitfalls. This quirky show gives your audience practical ways to address issues like cyberbullying, online safety, and understanding how to have positive relationships with friends both online and in real life.

Categories:   Anti-Bullying, Black History, History, STEM, Theatre, Uncategorized

Special “Plan For Next Year” Pricing

Wouldn’t it be great to have next year’s school assemblies planned before summer break?

Bright Star has incredible year round programming but we’re hoping to get a jump on fall as we plan for next year, so we’re running a special for the month of May.

Book an in-person show for Fall and get $50 off!
Book a show for Fall and any other season (Holiday, Winter, Spring, Summer) and get $50 off each booking.
You can also get $50 off a virtual show by ALSO booking an in-person show for Fall.

This offer is not good with any previous offers and will be only good for the month of May so plan for next Fall now!

Call 336.558.7360 or email

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