Happy November 1st?

Tis the season to break out your cozy sweaters, savor your final drops of a Pumpkin Spice Latte, shop for next year’s discounted Halloween decorations and book your Christmas program with Bright Star!

Our show Christmas with Santa is bound to be a hit with any audience. Join two fun Christmas Elves as they lose a sack of Santa’s Christmas presents and their quest to get them back. During their journey, they find out what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. Bring this show into your school, library, church, community event, family reunion, Christmas party, charity event or wherever else you want a crowd pleaser!

Call us today to make sure Santa makes his way to you for this show!?

336.558.7360 or email booking@brightstartheatre.com!

?Happy Halloween from Bright Star!

Ichabod Crane & Katrina Van Tassel wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Halloween 2016!

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Here are some fun Halloween facts to read while you’re munching on some candy:

1. The first Jack-O-Lanterns were made from turnips, not pumpkins!

2. The word ‘witch’ actually means ‘wise woman’ in old English.

3. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

4. Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

5. The record for most Jack-o-Lanterns lit at once happened in Boston, MA.

6. Halloween is one of Bright Star’s favorite holidays!

Have a safe and happy Halloween, everyone!???

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

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.

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