Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Schedule Update

Piano Lessons (as scheduled)


1:30 – 3:15 BEGINNER CLASS

Violins: Brante Copling, Sarah Hines, Shandra Copling
Violas: Kiana Copling
Cellos: Tia Copling, Elaine Hines
Flute: David Hines
Piano: Samantha Hines, Tia Copling, Zane Copling
Ukuleles: Noah and David Hines
Drums: Levi Hines

3:15 Tot’s Class


Violins: Amanda Lange, James Lange, Bailey Gilkeson, Jackson Cox
Cellos: Laura Lange, Meagan Lange, Briley Gilkeson,
Piano: Alley Gilkeson, (Briley & Bailey Gilkeson)


Violins: Natalie Swisher, Courtney Burnes, Marjorie Sheehan, Elizabeth Sheehan, Beverly Hoyle, Dylan Smith
Cello: Dan Sheehan
Drums: Daulton Terry (Sheehan)

5:30 – 7:00 – ORCHESTRA

7:00 – 8:00 – ADVANCED CLASS

Violins: Gabrielle Taylor, Karley Barry, Elizabeth Moorhead, David Moorhead, Rachel Saylor
Cellos: Nicole Smart, C.J. Good, Sabrina Heath, PJ Moorhead
Violas: Andrea Williams, Jackson Williams, Hannah Heath

8:00-8:30 – BRASS & REED CLASS

Tuba: Dan Shannon, Daniel Rust
Trumpet: CJ Good, Tommy Moorhead, Forest Swisher, Megan Rosso, Kamron Whipple,
Clarinets: Becky Saylor, Melissa VonAllmen, Allison VonAllmen, Sierra Perez, Shafi Williams
Trombone: Nicole Smart
Baritone: Ben Smith
French Horn: Jacob Heath


WEEK 1 and 3

2:00 Victoria Kuz

3:30 – 4:30 ORCHESTRA

Piano 4:30-8:00 (at Mrs. Peterson's House)

WEEK 2 and 4

3:30 – 4:30 ORCHESTRA

SUMMERSVILLE: 1:00-7:00 (Mrs. Peterson)


2:30-3:30 Violin: Elisha Haff, Elizabeth Rajski
Cello: Madalyn Haff, Jan Stice

4:00 Sign Language (month of May)

4:20 PERCUSSION CLASS: Weston Peterson, Andrew Stockard, Levi Hines, Daniel Rajski, Matthew Smart, Jackson Williams, Evan Counts


Month of May Art with Peter Koob Pencil Portraits 5:00 – 7:00 (Backroom)

ORCHESTRA 5:30-7:00

GARDENING CLASS 7:00 2nd Week of each month
May 9th “Orchards” (extension guy come)

1st & 3rd 7:00 piano Peter and Glorivic Koob

Cast Party May 18th!

Friday, April 26, 2013


If you missed your chance to see the STARS Foundation's production of "Alice in Wonderland", an encore performance is now scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 p.m., immediately following the 7:00 show! Reserve your tickets now!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

It’s not too late to experience “Alice in Wonderland”

By John Gauthier

While the rabbit in “Alice in Wonderland” may be late for the un-birthday party, area residents have another opportunity TO experience the delightful musical at the Star Theatre in Willow Springs. Performed by a cast of over 78 local actors under the age of 18, the STARS Foundation production of the Disney musical play brought laughter and cheers to audiences during a three-day run April 18, 19 and 20. The production will be repeated this weekend, April 25, 26 and 27, with show time at 7:00 p.m.

Students from the STARS fine arts program were among the actors who brought life to the animal, flower and card characters and gave enthused renditions of such songs as “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah,” “The Un-birthday Song,” “Painting the Roses Red” and “I’m Late.”

Rebecca Peterson, who directs the musical play, artfully moves a large juvenile cast on a small stage without detracting from the musical flow. The audience benefits and is provided with a sense of intimacy amid a fanciful but simple stage set to create a memorable musical experience. The cast rendition of “The Golden Afternoon” combined lyrical harmony and balance with colorful costuming to make the flowers seem almost real. The beauty in the flower costumes was amplified by the collective attractiveness of the pre-teen pansies, the teen daisies, lilies and petunias and the older teen roses. A delight!

The three Alices (Tia Copling as tall Alice, Briley Gilkeson as small Alice and Madison Peterson as life-size Alice) turned in superb performances and executed on-stage switches with adeptness. The coy and chattery Cheshire cats (portrayed by Kamron Whipple, LaDana Aguilar and Megan Rosso) were believable and contributed to the play’s continuity and direction. Bailey Gilkeson’s portrayal of the caterpillar as a sassy, classy, hipster songstress was a memorable performance that left many in the audience to wonder where such energy was stored in such a tiny performer. In reality, all the performers in the “Alice” musical brought the Disney and author Lewis Carroll’s characters to life and made for a worthwhile experience.

Check it out for yourself. The public is invited to an evening of pleasure and delight that will create new memories for the younger members of the audience and spark remembrances of the storybook and the film for the older set.

For tickets, call 417-254-3168 or contact STARS via the Internet at www.thestarsfoundation.org. Tickets are also available at Landmark Bank in Willow Springs, Houston and Cabool.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Practice Today!

WONDERLAND CAST AND CREW: Don't forget practice at the theater today! Straight run through at 4:00 p.m., no make up or costumes. Plans are to finish at 5:00, or shortly after, for those who have orchestra at 6:00 in Cabool.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Alice Rehearsal Tuesday

ATTENTION CAST MEMBERS: There will be a rehearsal Tuesday, April 23, at 4 p.m. It will be a full run through, minus make up and costumes.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Herbs workshop April 11

Come to the third botanical gardening class at STARS located 510 Main Street, Cabool, this evening (Thursday) at 7:00. The featured speaker will be Becky Scott from Country Petals Greenhouse. She will talk about and show many different varieties of herbs.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise

Performances of "Alice in Wonderland" start next week

Ever been to an “un-birthday party?” Well, here’s your opportunity to attend and also to enjoy the music of singing flowers and dancing lobsters that are part of the STAR Foundation’s presentation of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” on April 18, 19, 20 and again on April 25, 26, 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Willow Springs Star Theatre.

Travel with Alice as she encounters the zany world of talking animals and wacky characters in her pursuit of a white rabbit (played by Jackson Williams), rattled by the realization that he is late for an important event, the focus of the musical refrain “I’m late, I’m late.” The audience will tap to the beat of Bailey Gilkeson’s version of the animated caterpillar’s jovial “Zippidy dooh dah” and Courtney Burns’ portrayal of the Queen of Hearts chanting “Painting the Roses Red.” Once at the party, enjoy Wyatt Ennis as the Mad Hatter’s jittery refrain, “A Very Merry Un-birthday,” as the Disney characters come to life on the Willow Springs stage.

Rehearsals for the 75-member cast have been under way at the STARS Foundation center in Cabool since late March. Thirty-five cast members are participants in the STARS Foundation fine arts program where they receive instruction and experience with musical instruments and artistic tools on a weekly basis.

The public is invited to an evening of pleasure and delight that will create new memories for the younger members of the audience and spark remembrances of the storybook and the film by the older set. For tickets, call 417-254-3168 or visit your local Landmark Banks to purchase them.

For those anxious to attend a unique un-birthday, the STARS Foundation will hold a fundraiser “un-birthday” party at the Houston Walmart on April 13, featuring tasty goods, gift cards, tickets, and music. Come join us!

Actors pictured in the "Un-birthday Party” scene are, from left, Kyleigh Peterson, Cabool; Brante Copling, Mtn Grove; Hannah Peterson, Cabool; Madison Donnalley, Cabool; Blake Williams, Cabool; Jacob Heath, Cabool; Wyatt Ennis, Willow Springs.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise

Thursday, April 4, 2013

STARS students to stage musical "Alice in Wonderland" in Willow Springs theater

Alice, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, and White Rabbit are characters from the Disney musical version of a zany world of "Alice in Wonderland." They are about to make their appearance at Willow Springs Star Theatre on April 18, 19, 20 and again on April 25, 26, and 27.

Tickets will be on sale April 5 at Landmark Bank in Willow Springs, Houston, and Cabool. Landmark Bank is the sponsor for the production.

Rehearsals for the 75-member cast have been underway at the STARS Foundation center in Cabool since late March. Thirty-five of the cast members are participants in the STARS Foundation fine arts program where they receive instruction and experience with musical instruments and artistic tools on a weekly basis.

Alice, whose quirky experiences and odd encounters are the focus of the musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll novel and in the Disney movie, is portrayed by three young actresses, who seek to assist the audience in seeing Alice as a normal sized-girl, a taller person and an even shorter, bewildered young girl. Capturing the character of Alice is a challenge in itself, but coordinating dialogue and movement with two other actors to maintain the magic of theatre requires extra special efforts and talent. Meeting those challenges are Tia Copling as the "tall" Alice, Madison Peterson as the normal-sized central character Alice, and Briley Gilkeson as the "smaller" Alice. All the "Alices" agree that the role, and sharing it, is a challenge but see it also as a way to acquire new skills and build self-confidence, precisely the goal of the fine arts programs and a mission of STARS Foundation.

All the Alice actresses are active participants in the STARS program. Madison plays the violin, occupies the first violin seat as concert master in the STARS orchestra and has played in a number of the recent public concerts arranged by STARS. Tia, who has taken modern dance and ballet lessons, has a goal of mastering the cello and playing in the STARS orchestral programs. Both Madison and Tia are at the tenth grade level in home-schooling and provide community cleaning services as payment for the STARS lessons. Briley is in the fourth grade and lives in Raymondville.

Similar casting has been applied to the intriguing Cheshire cat, that mystical, amusing feline who seems bent on confusing the bewildered Alice. Kamron Whipple of Mountain Grove, LaDana Aguilar from Cabool, and Megan Rosso from Mountain Grove fill those roles. Wyatt Ennis from Willow Springs portrays the Mad Hatter and Jackson Williams of Cabool is cast as the White Rabbit.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise

Class on growing herbs April 11 at STARS location

The third botanical gardening class offered by STARS Foundation will feature Becky Scott, owner of Country Petals Greenhouse, Cabool, talking about herbs.

Scott will be talking about the different uses for herbs. She will also bring many varieties of herbs to demonstrate during her class on herbs at STARS.

The class will be held at STARS Foundation, 510 Main Street, Cabool, on Thursday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m.

"Please make plans to attend," a spokesperson urged.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Continuing schedule...

ATTENTION: This Friday's ALICE practice will start at 4:00, instead of 3:00. Becca may be a tad late, as she has to attend an out of town funeral.

Wednesday, April 10 - 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 - 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23 - 6:00-8:00 p.m.

ALL PIANO LESSONS will remain the same.

The TOTS CLASS on Tuesday will remain 3:15-3:45.

ALL OTHER CLASS SCHEDULED LESSONS will be postponed, and resume on April 23rd.

Tuesday, April 9 - 4:00 p.m. until finished
Thursday, April 11 - 4:00 p.m. (makeup), 5:00 p.m. (pictures), 6:00 p.m. until finished (practice)
Friday, April 12 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16 - Be there at 5:00 p.m. to get ready, performance at 7:00 p.m.

Stay posted here and on the STARS Facebook page .

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


12:00-12:30 - Queen of Hearts, Alice, & White Rabbit
12:30-1:00 - Alice & White Rabbit
4:00-4:30 - Rock Lobsters, Small Alice, & Dodo Bird
4:30-5:00 - Flowers, Caterpillar, & Small Alice
5:00-6:00 - Opening Scene, "Who Are You", & Finale

4:00-5:00 - Straight Run Through
5:00-6:00 - Use to go over any rough sections (probably court scene to end)

3:00-4:00 - Dancing Card & Tall Alice
4:00-5:00 - Cards & Queen Scene
5:00-6:30 - Straight Run Through with sound effects

If you have any loose ends with the ads or the raffle tickets, please get with Cindy before Saturday on your status.

Also, tickets go on sale this week! Get the word out. Put up as many flyers as possible. Thanks!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Herb Class April 11th 7:00 p.m. STARS

The third botanical gardening class will feature Becky Scott, owner of Country Petals Nursery. She will be presenting a class on herbs at STARS located at 510 Main Street, Cabool. Becky will be talking about the different uses for herbs. She will also bring many varieties of herbs to demonstrate during her class on herbs at STARS. Please make plans to attend on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00p.m.