Develop Theatre Skills
Discover New Worlds
Born in 1982, STAR is a 5-week summer program for youth, ages 10-18, which provides young people with the highest quality theatre training opportunities available in Alaska. Through specialized training – which culminates in fully-realized productions – students engage in valuable theatre skills as well as teamwork, discipline, and creative thinking. In 2002, STAR was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of 16 “outstanding American arts programs for young people."
This five-week program is perfect for young actors who are excited about theatre and performance. As a theatre training program, STAR is also a great opportunity for young people with little to no experience. In addition to rehearsals, students will participate in daily workshops on voice, movement, and acting technique. Students will perform one of three plays.
All STAR classes, rehearsals, and performances take place at Perseverance Theatre. This year's dates are July 8-August 11, 2013.
By William Shakespeare
Young actors will get the opportunity to experience and learn Shakespeare’s language when performing the classic tale of a royal father and his daughters. This compelling drama tells the story of family disloyalty and dysfunction complete with a tragic end. Scared about Shakespeare’s language? Don’t sweat it. Director Doniece Gott will be on hand to help bring the Bard’s words to life.
Guys and Dolls Jr.
Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls Jr. introduces us to colorful characters who have become legends in the musical theatre canon: the upright but uptight “mission doll,” Sarah Brown; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, a nightclub performer whose chronic flu is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating dice game. We are lucky once again to have director Dawn Kolden.
Classic Folk Tale
Cinderella was first published in France in the 17th century and popularized soon after by the Brothers Grimm. We’ll bring this classic tale of love and magic to the stage complete with a fairy godmother, an evil stepmother, and magical pumpkins. Longtime Juneau favorite Ekatrina Oleksa Sotomayor will return to Alaska to direct this beautiful tale for the STAR program.
Monday–Friday, July 8–August 9:
10am–2pm (Guys and Dolls Jr.) or
1–5pm (King Lear and Cinderella)
Friday, August 2–Sunday, August 11
Rehearsal & Performance Location:
914 Third Street
Students ages 10-18
To register, call Shona Strauser at
907-364-2421 ext 232.
$425 if payment is received before May 31, 2013.
Tuition after that date is $450.
For more information contact Shona Strauser at (907) 364-2421, ext 232, or email@example.com.
STAR 2012 was made possible by major support from:
The City & Borough of Juneau Youth Activities Board
Sealaska Heritage Institute
With additional support from:
Baxter Bruce & Sullivan
Valley Auto Parts
McDonald's of Juneau
Glacier Pediatrics, LLC
Logan General Tax Practice
University of Alaska Southeast
Spring Break Camp
Alaska Summer Theatre Intensive