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, //www.brightstartheatre.com/other-programs/.

Actor Spotlight!

Our first summer tour is on the road and they are excited to visit your young audience! We have two amazingly talented & professional actors with a ton of enthusiasm, quick wit and energy to share.

Joanna Ferbrache is originally from Missouri and is a 2015 BA graduate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Trey Allen is originally from Alabama and holds an MFA in Acting from The University of Houston.

They are both very excited to be on the road and are so much fun to watch!

They are currently touring with Professor Parsnip’s Lab of Healthy Choices (a show about a wacky professor and his hilarious assistant), The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z (a show that highlights sports heroes and figures throughout history) and Storybook Tales: Pinocchio & Robin Hood (the stories of these two famous tales).

Do you want to see these two actors performing one of these fun summer shows in your library, theatre or community? Book one today by emailing booking@brightstartheatre.com or giving us a ring at 336.558.7360.

Happy June 1st!

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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!

Our Touring Theatre Goes International

Tomorrow, Bright Star Touring Theatre is heading overseas with two of their team, Erin Schmidt and Reeni Dowd. Their destination, Southern Germany to meet new sponsors at the 58th Annual European PTA Conference taking place in Garmish-Partenkirchen, from May 19th-22nd, 2016. “We have been traveling overseas to Moscow, Russia for the last three years with amazing programs and educational theatre camps for the students there. We couldn’t be more excited to travel to this conference in Germany and reach out to more American Schools with our programs” says founder of Bright Star, David Ostergaard. “Erin and Reeni will not only be exhibiting at the conference but they will also be performing one of our most popular plays, Aesop’s Fables. We love performing at conferences because it really shows the attendees how well we interact with audiences and how fun 45-minutes of fables can be!” We wish Erin and Reeni safe travels and best wishes on this exciting new adventure in Bavaria.

Touring Our National Parks with an Original Script

Since February of this year, Bright Star has been lucky enough to tour the Midwest Region’s National Parks with an original play specially designed to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and the Black Experience in America’s Heartland. With Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland, you will watch the pages of history come to life with interactive scenes staring many Black Americans who helped make a difference.  You will meet famous leaders, groundbreakers, and heroes all while learning about the many great National Parks! “My favorite part about writing this play was all the rich American history that lay within the Midwest that I got to uncover with my research. The National Park Service was definitely our greatest resource. I got the pleasure of learning about amazing Americans like Col. Charles Young and Bass Reeves for the first time, but I also got to brush up on my knowledge of people like George Washington Carver and the Little Rock Nine. It’s so important to realize where we are now as Americans thanks to these brave groundbreakers!” says lead writer David Ostergaard.

We have performed at parks from Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Arkansas to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, from the Homestead National Monument in Nebraska to Brown V. Board of Education National Historic Site in Kansas.

This week is a very exciting week because Bright Star is performing for the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio and later we will be traveling to River Raisin National Battlefield Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana. With the Centennial quickly approaching on August 25, 2016, Bright Star will be visiting the Midwest’s National Parks 24 times, sharing these amazing stories and important history with thousands of audience members!

Watch our Lift Every Voice video clip!

Elect USA to Z for Your Next School Assembly

Our newest original 45-minute production was created just in time for the 2016 election year. USA to Z is best suited for grades 3rd through 8th. The production covers a variety of lessons within American government and civics, including the three branches of the government, The Constitution and The Declaration of Independence. Later, the production delves into caucuses, delegates, the electoral college, swing votes and more! The play navigates the sometimes challenging system using clever scene-work, light-hearted comedy, and a very exciting game show element which encourages audiences to recall the details of what they have learned. Guiding this fantastic journey through the American political process are two patriotic hosts, Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam. David Ostergaard, the Founder of Bright Star, says he hopes the humor of the show will help audiences stay engaged, “We wanted to make this show as fun and interactive as possible.  We hope audiences will leave feeling good about their role as a citizen of the United States.” So what do ya say? Wanna play USA to Z?

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