Dec. 15 Registration and Workshop: Mary Poppins Jr. (Grades 1-6)

For Spring 2019, our youngest stars will be putting on Disney’s Mary Poppins, Jr.   Classes start in January with an early April show at the Amherst Middle School*.  There will be two casts, with each cast will limited to 50 students in 1st grade to 6th grade. The Blue Cast will rehearse on Saturdays from 9-10:00 and the Red Cast will rehearse from 10:15-11:15.

Registration and workshop for Mary Poppins will take place on Saturday, December 15 from 10:00-11:00 AM. This will be a time to learn about the show and pick up your scripts and music CD.

Note about Casting and Commitment-

Commitment to the production, which is defined as strong attendance and preparation for rehearsals, are factors that will be considered during the audition decisions.  As Starlight we strive to create a supportive environment and hope to be flexible with families’ schedules however we need a level of commitment from our cast so that we can assure all actors are prepared and all students achieve the highest level of success.

* We will know the exact performance dates in mid-January

Newsies Costume and Prop Wish List

This is just a start, so keep checking back, but we are putting it out there.

  • Newsies Caps
  • Suspenders
  • Vests (wool, plaid, pinstripe, corduroy)
  • leather shows/boots (tall, lace up)
  • Pants cut to knickers (wool, pinstripe, corduroy)
  • T-shirts – Henley Style (bottons on top)
  • Button Shirts – (plaid, pinstripe, checked)

Props:

  • old newspapers (black and white)

Places to check:

  • Thrift Stores
  • Goodwill
  • Closets
  • Tag Sales
  • Grandparents 🙂

Dec. 8 – Newsies Auditions!!

Newsies Auditions

Newsies will be performed May 10th & 11th, 2019 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Rehearsals will be Saturday mornings starting in January 2019 from 11:30 to 1:30 at Maple Ridge Community Center in Sunderland, MA.

For actors grades 7-12

AUDITIONS

Saturday Dec. 8,  11:30am-1:00pm

Maple Ridge Community Center- Sunderland, MA

Please sign up for your audition time slot here

Audition Notes from the Director Cyn Strycharz

  1. Please prep 24 bars of music to present

  2. Music does not have to be from Newsies but should be in the style of the character you are auditioning for.

  3. Select a song from musical theater – not a pop song.

  4. Be Prepared- please arrive knowing what you’re going to sing.

  5. If you want a non-singing role – that’s fine too.

  6. Project, show emotion.

  7. Have fun!!!!

Note about Casting and Commitment

Commitment to the production, which is defined as strong attendance and preparation for rehearsals, are factors that will be considered during the audition decisions.  As Starlight we strive to create a supportive environment and hope to be flexible with families’ schedules however we need a level of commitment from our cast so that we can assure all actors are prepared and all students achieve the highest level of success.

October 2018 Newsletter

 

 

Fall Class Update

This Fall we are excited to have 108 students joining us for a total of seven shows!! All shows, with the exception of Hamlet, will be performed at Maple Ridge in Sunderland.

The show schedule is:
Sat. Nov. 3       9:30  Pinocchio
Mon. Nov. 5     4:00  The Lorax
Sat. Nov. 10    10:00 Alice in Wonderland
12:00 Robin Hood
Mon. Nov. 12   4:30   The Wizard of Oz
Sat.  Dec. 1     1:00   A Christmas Carol
Sat. Dec. 15    7:00   Hamlet
Northampton Community Arts Trust Building
33 Hawley St. Northampton

Starlight Teens

Starlight is thrilled to have 12 dedicated teens helping out mentoring the younger classes. They are also taking on such roles as student directing, stage managing, props, tech and costumes

Starlight Alumni

We are thrilled to have two Starlight Alumni joining the staff this fall. Liam Bertrand, directing Robin Hood, and Kathryn Daughton Stage Managing Hamlet and assisting with the Lorax

Starlight Annual Board Meeting Highlights

from Starlight Board President, Tom Daughton

The Starlight Board held its annual public meeting on September 29th at the Maple Ridge Community Center in Sunderland.   In this meeting the outgoing Board President, Paul Stallman, presented our financials for the fiscal year, accomplishments for the year, and future goals.  As has been the case for several years now, Starlight continues to operate with a positive balance at fiscal year end. Our sources of revenue continue to be grants/sponsorships, tuition, and ticket sales, while expenditures fall within the areas of administrative, production costs, and teaching stipends.  We remain dedicated to being fiscally responsible while continuing to provide the best opportunities we can for the children that participate in our programming and productions. We rely heavily on the volunteer efforts of many people to keep Starlight running smoothly. Thank you!

The Teen Advisory Board will continue working with Cyn Strycharz, founder and Artistic Director, as we go forward.  This board provides a venue for selected students to share their ideas and give feedback to help us continue to provide the best programming. Additionally, these teens work under Cyn’s guidance to support the younger one’s productions in a variety of ways.  Thank you to all the teens that have given their time toward these efforts!

I’d like to thank Paul Stallman for his time as the Board President over these past three years.  Paul gives so much of his time and technical skills to helping run Starlight. Thank you, Paul, for all you have done for us!

Elections were held for three new positions on the Board.  Going forward, Dan Mashia is our new Secretary; Pam Plumer, Vice President; and Tom Daughton, President.  Clare Bertrand will continue as our Treasurer.

Notable events from this past year –

  • Sold out shows at the Eric Carle for our summer season in 2017 and 2018.

  • The teens stretched themselves in performing the Laramie Project in the fall of 2017.

  • Our production of the Lion King, Jr. in the Spring of 2018 was spectacular at the Amherst Middle School with lots of new kids joining Starlight.

  • And we really reached new levels performing our namesake the musical Starlight Express on roller skates at the Academy of music in May of 2018.

  • Finally, we once again traveled to NYC to see a Broadway show, Once On This Island.  A truly unique show and set that captivated all those who attended.

I’m honored to have been elected the new Board President and look forward to all the future will bring for us at Starlight Youth Theatre!

Tom Daughton

Spring Shows!!

Register online starting Oct 15th!!

7th to 12th Graders – Starlight’s Youth Theatre is one of the first groups to be performing Disney’s Newsies since it has just been released for local and youth productions.

Remember with Starlight’s everyone gets a part and everyone is important to the process. Classes will start in January and the shows will be in May 10th &11th 2019 at the Academy of Music.

SAT. NOV. 17 11:30-1:00
CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
with Jenn Katona

SAT. DEC. 8 11:30-1:00
NEWSIES’S AUDITIONS AND REGISTRATION
For Spring 2019, our youngest stars will be putting on Disney’s Mary Poppins, Jr. Classes start in January with an early April show at the Amherst Middle School. We will be doing 2 casts again this year, with a slightly different class schedule. Each cast will be limited to 50 students 1st grade to 6th grade.

SAT.  DEC. 15 10:00-11:00  Mary Poppins Jr Workshop and Registration

Want to support Starlight?

Here are ways you can help…

Volunteer

Starlight is a volunteer run organization and we are always looking for more help!! We have need of volunteers for costumes, set building, publicity and more. If you have a special skill or interest please let us know!!

Make a donation to the organization

Starlight is always looking for ways to grow and strengthen the opportunities we provide to our young people. Donations go towards class & senior scholarships, workshops and performance space rental to name a few. If you are interested in making a donation or know an area business who might want to sponsor starlight, visit our website.

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Did you hear the news? We are doing Newsies this Spring!

7th to 12th Graders – Starlight’s Youth Theatre is one of the first groups to be preforming Disney’s Newsies since it has just been released for local and youth productions.

Newsies will be performed May 10th & 11th, 2019 at the Academy of Music in Northampton.  Rehearsals will be Saturday mornings starting in January 2019 from 11:30 to 1:30 at Maple Ridge Community Center in Sunderland, MA.

A Choreography Workshop will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 11:30-1:00, and auditions will take place on December 8 at Maple Ridge Community Center in Sunderland, MA. Click here for information about the choreography workshops and auditions. 

FREE Introductory Class

Come visit and enjoy the first class FREE and sign up after if your child wishes!!!

Storybook Theatre – Grades K-1st, Directed by Sara Holmes             Saturdays 9/8-11/3, 9:00-9:45, Tuition $75

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 stories. On the last day of class, we will present an original adaptation of of Where the Wild Things Are.

Playacting – Grades 1-2, Directed by Cyn Strycharz                                   Mondays 9/10-11/5, 3:45-4:30, Tuition $75

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. The class will conclude with a presentation of “The Lorax.”

Why A Musical?

Musical are fun! They also provide young people with many valuable development opportunities.

A musical brings together all of the arts in one comprehensive program. Music and dance introduce basic performing arts. The design and creation of sets, costumes and props integrate the visual arts. Rehearsing and performing dialogue develops language skills. Integrating sound and lighting explores the use of technology. As you can see, a musical celebrates many diverse disciplines in one area.

In addition, the process of presenting a musical offers young people the opportunity to develop social skills and learn valuable life lessons. Some examples follow:

  • In a musical, everyone’s contribution is important. The child operating the sound system is as important to the overall success of the production as a child who plays Cinderella, Annie or Aladdin.
  • Everyone must work together for the greater good, encouraging collaboration and community.
  • Children learn the importance of listening to each other speak and waiting one’s turn. They take positive risks and conquer fears while building self-confidence.
  • Assessment in a musical is nearly instantaneous in the applause and standing ovations participants receive at the end of the show, meaning they don’t have to wait months for a grade, praise or feedback.

But the best part? A musical is a lot of fun for everyone involved, whether your child creates sets, manages the box office, sings in the chorus, or plays a lead.

***From Family Matters! A Parents Guide to the Magic of Theatre – MTI Broadway Junior Collection***

 

Fall 2018 Classes – Sign Up Now

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.

For full class descriptions read below. USE the RED Register links to Sign Up

SATURDAY CLASSES

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
stories. On the last day of class, we will present and original adaptation of of Where the Wild Things Are.
Saturdays – 9:00-9:45, Tuition $75 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, tuition – $145 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, tuition $145 – 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, tuition $145 – 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, tuition $145 – Beginning Sept 8- show Dec. 1 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, tuition $150 – Beginning Sept. 8 till show December 15th, 7pm – Directed by Cyn Strycharz


MONDAY CLASSES

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. The class will conclude with a presentation of “The Lorax.”

3:45- 4:30 Beginning Sept 10-Nov 5, Tuition $75 – 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 “The Wizard of Oz” (nonmusical).

4:30-5:30, Sept 10- Show on Nov 12, Tuition $145 – Directed by Cyn Strycharz