Starlight Stars

The Starlight Stars program is structured to develop and hone the skills of high school performers.

Since 2003, this educational program has prepared company members to pursue arts careers, with alumni performing across the country and abroad. Selected students:

  • Strengthen their resumes
  • Perform at Starlight and throughout Kansas City
  • Cultivate skills
  • Network with industry professionals
  • Gain experience in a variety of performance styles
  • Are eligible to audition for Starlight productions
  • Become part of the Starlight community

The program’s activities take place throughout the summer. Stars create a musical theatre medley that they perform at Starlight prior to select Broadway performances and while representing Starlight at multiple community events. Company members receive access to master classes and industry workshops.

For more information, contact education@kcstarlight.com.

Starlight Stars Program

The program’s activities take place throughout the summer. Stars create a musical theatre medley that they perform at Starlight prior to select Broadway performances and while representing Starlight at multiple community events. Company members receive access to master classes and industry workshops. Students interested in participating must audition for the program. Audition information can be found in the Audition section.

Download the Program Overview for the complete schedule.

COST
For those selected, the cost of the Starlight Stars is $400.

Two full scholarships will be available for the program based on financial need. The scholarship application is available upon request. To receive a scholarship, the student must audition and be cast in the troupe. The application deadline is May 9. Additionally, a payment plan can be set up.

Students may audition by attending an in-person session or through the video submission process. Those auditioning need only attend one of the sessions.

Who
Students in grades 8 through 11 during the current school year (2023/2024) may audition.

Virtual Audition Option
Students unable to attend either of the above auditions may submit a taped audition. RSVP must be received by Thursday, March 16. Details will be emailed on Friday, March 17, with video submissions due by Friday, March 24.

We will move as quickly as possible, but we cannot guarantee an end time for either in-person session. With this information in mind, any issues this may cause must be addressed with Starlight’s Community Engagement Department prior to the audition date.

RSVP Instructions
An RSVP is required by Thursday, March 30, to audition. Click here to RSVP. Please review the program dates in the Program Overview prior to submitting an RSVP.

Items to Prepare
Those auditioning will participate in an individual vocal audition and a group dance audition. Requirements are as follows:

Memorize 32 bars of a Broadway musical piece that shows off your vocal ability. Starlight will provide an accompanist.
Wear clothes and shoes suitable for a group dance audition; tennis shoes are acceptable. Students will not be allowed to be barefoot or in only socks during the dance call.
Items to Bring to the Audition:

Sheet music must be marked accurately with the start/stop of the 32-bar cut and in the correct key, as the accompanist will not transpose.

Location
Starlight Theatre
4600 Starlight Road
Kansas City, MO 64132

Arrival instructions will be sent the week prior to auditions.

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