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Fall 2018 Classes

Each Fall, Starlight’s Youth Theatre hosts focused age based classes designed to enhance the acting skills of children starting as young as Kindergarten and going to Seniors in High School.


Storybook Theatre – Grades K-1st

Storybook Theater is a perfect way to introduce the young actor to the magical world of
theater. Actors will begin work on imagination as they play games, role play characters, act
out emotions and expressions all while creating wonderful characters from their favorite
Saturdays – 9:00-9:45 Beginning Sept. 8 – till Presentation on Nov. 3 Directed by
Sara Holmes

Actor’s Tool Box – Grades 2 nd -3rd

Once the student actor has some experience on stage, they need to fill their tool box with
skills such as how to develop a character, including how that character walks, talks, thinks
and feels. During classes students will use these tools to devise and perform in their original
adaption of  “Pinocchio”

Saturdays- 9:00-9:50 Beginning Sept 8- till show Nov. 3 Directed by Cyn Strycharz

Lights Up Grades – Grades 4-5 th

With a focus on the performance they will learn about timing, pace and finding moments
within the play as they use these new skills to create their original adaption of
“Alice in Wonderland”.

Saturdays-10:00- 11:00 Beginning Sept. 8- till show Nov. 10 Directed by Cyn Strycharz


Play Production– Grades 6-7 th

This class will focus on character development and the decisions the actor makes to bring
this character to life.  The cast will be involved in multiple areas of the production such as
costumes, props and set design and painting.   They will be presenting “Robin Hood”,
Saturdays 10:30-11:30 Beginning Sept. 8- till show Nov 10 Directed by Liam Bertrand

Act Two – Grades 8-9

Moving beyond character development student actors will explore how to act and react on
stage and work collaboratively with their ensemble. They will present the classical favorite
“A Christmas Carol”

Saturdays 11:00-12:00 Beginning Sept 8- till show Directed by Cyn Strycharz

Fifth Beat Grades 10-12

The fifth beat is an opportunity for the student actor to internalize their character work and
now breathe new life and energy into their character as they bring it alive on stage. This is
an advanced Acting Class that will be performing Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

Saturdays 12:00-1:15 Beginning Sept. 8 till show Dec. 1 Directed by Cyn Strycharz


Playacting – Grades 1-2

This is a beginning class that focuses on building imagination. This class, using theater
games and improvisational scenes, allows the young actor to explore and expand their
creativity. For their finale they will present an original piece they created.

3:45- 4:30 Beginning Sept 10-Nov 5, Tuition Directed by Cyn Strycharz


Act One – Grades 3-6

Students will explore improvisation, stage movement and the physicality of their characters.
Using skits and you finish scenes this class will focus on identifying and strengthening their
acting skills. They will present their adaption of “Aesop’s Fables and Short Stories”.

4:30-5:30, Sept 10- Show on Nov 12, Tuition Directed by Cyn Strycharz

Aladdin Jr Summer Registration Workshop

Discover a “Whole New World” with this disney classic. Based on the Broadway adaptation of the 1992 animated feature, catchy songs and delightful characters will have you grooving in your seats.

Show will be held on Saturday August 4 at the Eric Carle Museum.
Two-Week Program – Grades 6-12, Mon-Fri 7/23-8/3, 1-5pm, $225
One-Wee Program – Grades 2-5, Mon-Fri 7/30-8/3, 9a,-12pm, $150

Registration and Workshop June 2nd

10am – 12pm, Mapleridge Community Center

  • Pick up materials
  • Confirm registration
  • Meet Cyn the director
  • Learn a song and the plan for the program.
10am – 11am One-week cast 
10am – 12pm Two-week cast supports younger cast and begins auditions at 11am

See you there!!!

Register Today!!

Lion King Jr 4/7 & 4/8

Come see our 1st-6th graders perform Disney’s the Lion King Jr This Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm at Amherst Regional Middle School. Tickets available at the door $7/Adults $5/Students & Seniors.

Once Upon an Island

NYC Broadway Trip  April 15, 2018

Student Sign Up
Chaperone Sign up

Remember us on #GivingTuesday

Dear Starlight Families,

This year, on Tuesday, November 27, 2017, Starlight’s Youth Theatre is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things.

Our Mission: Starlight’s Youth Theatre is dedicated to providing quality education and production of children’s theatre. Primarily volunteer-based, our priority is the development of the child, using theatre as the tool to build self-esteem, communication and confidence. Focusing on process over product, we invite children to enter, enjoy and expand their imagination in the world of theater.

We serve families with children ages K-12 from over 32 communities in Western Massachusetts by providing:

  • Seasonal programs including Fall Acting Classes, Spring Musical(s) & Summer Theatre Program
  • Mentoring/Leadership opportunities for teens including assisting and taking leadership roles in classes as well as serving on a teen board advisory board
  • Workshops: past topics have included careers in theatre and stage make up
  • Opportunities to experience and support professional theatre like NYC Broadway workshop trip
  • Senior scholarship

Starlight also provides need-based assistance for those who might otherwise be unable to participate in our programs. It is very important to us to make the Starlight experience accessible to as many interested actors as possible. Click here to make your contribution.

Thank you for helping us give every child an opportunity to shine. Please share using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support.

With Love,

Starlight’s Youth Theatre

“The Rememberer” and “The Laramie Project” go up this weekend!

Friday Dec. 1st – 7:00pm – The Rememberer Starlight’s Act Two class (8th-9th grade) is proud to present,  “The Rememberer,” Joyce Cheeka’s true story of life as a young Squaxian Indian girl who was placed in a government run school in 1911. Performance at Maple Ridge Community Center Saturday Dec. 2nd – 7:00pm – The Laramie Project The Fifth Beat (10-12th grade) will […]

Setup for Stuart Little and Storybook Theatre

We will be setting up the stage for Stuart Little and Storybook Theatre on Friday night Nov 10 from 5:00 to 7.  We need to build the stage, setup sound equipment and lights and get everything ready for the kids for Saturday morning shows.

Anyone that can come help and carry things in would be appreciated, if you can handle a screw gun even better.

Registration & Workshop for Lion King Jr.

Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Songs include Circle Of Life, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata, & Can You Feel The Love Tonight.

Classes Begin January 6th, 2018

Classes will be 9AM to 10AM for Grades 1-3rd & 9:15AM-10:30AM for Grades 4-6th

SHOW DATE IS EARLY APRIL 2018 (exact date TBD)

at Mapleridge Community Center

Cost $225

$50 Deposit Is required to register, materials will be handed out at registration and children will learn a song from the show during the workshop while parents register.



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