Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving break


There will be NO LESSONS AND CLASSES through the week of November 23-27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy your break, and we will see you on Monday the 30th. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 17 cancellation


There will be no orchestra tonight (11/17) due to the storms. Please spread the word.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fundraiser this weekend. Contact Cindy Bobe at 417-217-9430 if you are interested in providing baked goods.

Monday, October 26, 2015


We will be going to West Plains at 5:30 on Tuesday for a rehearsal at 6:00 to 7:00. We will meet at STARS Wednesday at 4:00 for make up and leave at five to get down to West Plains at 5:30 to perform at 6:00 in the Civic Center.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Orchestra cancellation for Thursday, October 15


Today's (October 15) orchestra class is cancelled.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

New dance class begins Monday

Clogging Classes will begin October 12th and will be at STARS on Monday's at 7:30.

A Night with the STARS

Happy October Birthday...

3 Briley Gilkeson
4 Barbara Andrus
7 Farad Thomas
9 James Lange
10 John P Bailey
13 Tia Copling
13 Sarah Parker
14 Sarah Grace Harrison
15 Tsion Bradley
25 Cade Copling
27 Adrianna Bloom
28 Harrison Fry

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tonight's run through rehearsal (9/15)

ATTENTION STARS STUDENTS: Run through rehearsal tonight at 7:30 at Willow Springs. All theatre students need to be there. This includes the younger kids who paid the theatre fee. Those who are dance only DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND tonight. We will run through lines, music, and other technical stuff with no costumes and makeup.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mary Poppins, Saturday, September 12

ATTENTION MARY POPPINS CAST: Just a reminder - if you are moving sets, please be at the theater at 10:00 a.m. today for instructions.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Schedule for 9/7 - 9/11

ATTENTION STARS STUDENTS: With the coming week being the first week of Mary Poppins, all music lessons and STARS orchestra are cancelled September 7-11, so Mrs. Peterson can prepare the theater for opening night. Dance, theatre, and Poppins orchestra WILL have rehearsals this week at their scheduled times. This includes Labor Day. Thanks!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Saturday, August 29 rehearsal

MARY POPPINS CAST AND ORCHESTRA: Rehearsal tomorrow 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the theater in Willow.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Saturday, August 22 rehearsal


For this week only, our Saturday rehearsal will be moved one hour later than originally scheduled. The new start time will be at 10:00 a.m. and we will finish at 1:00 p.m. Don't forget that this will begin our rehearsals at the theater. You might want to bring snacks or lunch and something to drink, as there is no water fountain in the theater. See you Saturday at Willow Springs!

Some Reminders from Mrs. Peterson:

1. Please read carefully the registrations. Everyone pays a $5.00 per student registration, and take notice of the monthly payment changes so you are aware.

If you are not sure of your amount, please text or call 254-3168 and I will be happy to assist.

2. No worries on dance attire. We will help you order your stuff when you come. We usually spend the first month working to get everything organized and uniform.

3. Orchestra students: Remember the Thursday orchestra class does not begin until the first Thursday in October

We will be practicing Sunday 3-5 at the Willow Springs Theater.

Thank you!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

2016-2016 Class Schedule

Due to accident, some forms were ruined in the mud. If you do not see your child's name not panic, you will have a spot. Please come to the scheduled class time and fill out paperwork during that time and we will make it work.

If you have any concerns with the schedule, or there is something we can help you with, do not hesitate to call 254-3168. We ask for your patience in the first month as we are trying to accommodate many students and many schedules. 

Thank you, Mrs. Peterson

We BEGIN AUGUST 17th with the posted schedule! (Please click the CLASS SCHEDULE link to the left to access the schedule.)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Miracles Happen

To those who are special in our lives:

We had a miracle and probably the most traumatizing experience yesterday morning. A typical day, on our way to St Louis to pick up our daughter's new born sister. It was raining and we already had storms all through the night. We were in a serious life threatening accident. I have attached pictures and some explanations of the incident in the captions.I remember breaking down after the adrenaline rush and sitting with my family recognizing the Lord's hand in every detail of the accident. When our family told some friends and family of what happened and they saw us they did not think much of it. They saw that we were safe and fine, but this is more of an eye opener to a miracle, not just an accident. This was my first accident and I never want to do it again. The ambulance workers looked like they had seen ghosts when they could not find a scratch on us and we were covered in glass from head to toe. They told us we would feel the worse the 3rd day, well it is 24 hours later, and my body is paralyzed and I cannot move without being in severe pain. Kyleigh is in pain and stiff, but mobile, and the baby is PERFECTLY normal. I know eventually it will go away, it just made me realize how much your body goes into shock to survive. Most of you have been in serious accidents as well, I remember hearing them and being amazed by it. I never thought I would live to tell one.

Love you, Rebecca

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August 11 schedule

ATTENTION STARS STUDENTS: Orchestra will be cancelled today, August 11, due to the automobile accident Rebecca and two of the children were involved in yesterday. Theatre rehearsal will continue at the scheduled time with a guest director. Children do not need to attend tonight's rehearsal. I have a post and photos from Rebecca regarding the accident, and will post them as soon as I get home. Rebecca and the girls are okay, but very sore. Please keep them in your prayers. Thanks, Andrea

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Fall classes

Just a Reminder: Fall classes begin August 17. Watch this space or Facebook for the Fall Schedule coming soon.

With classes starting on the 17th, there WILL NOT be private lessons the first week of this month. Please continue to follow the Summer Schedule for orchestra and theatre. DANCE WILL BE ON BREAK UNTIL AUGUST 17.

Thanks so much! We look forward to another fabulous year in the STARS Foundation!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rehearsal cancellation

ATTENTION MARY POPPINS CAST!!! Unfortunately, due to unforeseen events, we are going to have to cancel tonight's rehearsal. Please spread this news as quickly as possible so the entire cast knows!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

STARS Registration and Mary Poppins Info

REMINDER: REGISTRATION ends August 1st. Please remember to send your forms and read over carefully!

This Evening, July 29th at 5:00 p.m. Mary Gray and Andrew Colbert will rehearse Mary Poppins at Rebecca's Home, 6:00 is Chalae Copling and Andrew, 6:30 is John Bailey.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mary Poppins Cast and Rehearsal Announcements


BERT: Andrew Colbert
JANE BANKS: Bailey Gilkeson
MICHAEL BANKS: Weston Peterson
MARY POPPINS: Chalae Copling
ADMIRAL BOOM: Bill Castleberry
NELEUS: Jefferson Thomas
BIRD WOMAN: Andrea Williams
MRS. CORRY: Lauren Lange

There are 16 more parts to give out during rehearsals. This is just the beginning of our cast to start interacting and seeing how the other characters will fit in vocally as well as with chemistry. Once we have a completed cast we will assign the understudies. We are very excited. Judges were very impressed and one quoted “Wow, I never knew this could be so hard and stressful”. I couldn’t agree more. I think we have had a great start. I have listed the Rehearsal Schedule below:

JULY at The STARS Foundation:
27th Monday 6-8:30 p.m. Everyone
28th Tuesday 7-9:00 p.m. 10 and up
30th Thursday 5-8:00 p.m. Everyone

AUGUST at the STARS Foundation:
3rd Monday 6-9:00 p.m. 10 and up
4th Tuesday 7-9:00 p.m. Everyone
6th Thursday 5-8:00 p.m. 10 and up
8th Saturday 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 10 and up
10th Monday 6-9:00 p.m. Act 1
11th Tuesday 7-9:00 p.m. Act 2
13th Thursday 5-8:00 p.m. Act 1
17th Monday 7-9:00 p.m. Act 2
18th Tuesday 7-9:00 p.m. Act 1
20th Thursday 6-9:00 p.m. Act 2

AUGUST at Willow Theater
22nd Saturday 9-11 a.m. Act 1 and 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Act 2
24th Monday 7:30-10:00 p.m. Act 1
25th Tuesday 7:30-10:00 p.m. Act 2
27th Thursday 6-9:00 p.m. Act 1
29th Saturday 9-11:00 a.m. Run through twice
31st Monday 7:30-10:00 p.m. Act 2

SEPTEMBER at Willow Theater
1st Tuesday 7:30-10:00 p.m. Act 1
3rd Thursday 6-9:00 p.m. Act 2

4th Friday! 5 p.m.- Whenever we can get through it twice
7th Monday 7:30 p.m. Run through with Costumes
8th Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Run Through with Costumes
9th Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Run Through with Costumes & Makeup
15th Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Run through with no costumes or makeup

10th Thursday be there at 6 p.m. Ready to go
11th Friday be there at 6 p.m. Ready to go
12th Saturday be there 4 p.m. for Pictures dressed and ready to Go for production at 6 p.m.
17th Thursday be there at 6 p.m. Ready to go
18th Friday be there at 6 p.m. Ready to go
19th Saturday be there at 6 p.m. Ready to go

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rehearsal tonight (7/21)


Just a reminder... Rehearsal tonight at STARS Foundation from 6:00 to 7:30.

Thursday callback information

Call backs are again at 5:30 Thursday evening at STARS, it will be a closed audition. All students will be with judges without an audience.

Here is a more detailed outline of the parts needed, it will be A Cappella with note cues. Look Forward to Seeing you.

Bert, Mary Poppins, Michael, Jane - Acting: 18- middle of 20  Jolly Holiday:  just to measure 52 and 69-70 with All of ChimChimCheree


Van Hussler  (German) - 42-43 “Precision and Order” measures 102-118

Mary, Michael, and Jane - 63-64 to #12 song     Learn “Perfect Nanny”


Corry (Caribbean) 51-53 - “Supercalifragilistic…….” measures 52-68

Miss Andrews 74-75 “Brimstone and treacle” Part 1  All

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mary Poppins callbacks and first rehearsal

Congratulations on a wonderful cast, we are sooo excited. Our judges are really excited and enjoyed everyone and their talents.

We will have call backs Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 at the STARS Building for the following students:

Chalae Copling    
Brante Copling    
Zane Copling
Bailey Gilkeson    
Weston Peterson    
Andrew Cobert    
Johnny Lange    
Mary Gray        
Lauren Lange
Ila White      
John Bailey

Please contact Mrs. Peterson at 254-3168 for further instructions on what we need you to do for this final audition. Once this is complete we will reveal everyone’s parts. If your name does not appear in this list, do not think that you did not do well, EVERYONE will be a specific main character in addition to being in the ensembles. We have already decided most of the cast and need these students to help us make a final decision.

ALL CAST MEMBERS need to report  Monday evening at 6:00 PM (July 20) at STARS for our first ensemble rehearsal. Prepare yourself for “
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” .

Saturday, July 11, 2015


Ø Registration through the month of July (Current & New Students)

Ø Mary Poppins Auditions (Adults and Children)
     July 18th 10-12 at STARS

Ø Anyone who is 8 or older that is interested please read the following and let Rebecca know by July 17th:

For something new, we have arranged an opportunity with Pamela Burnside from West Plains who specializes in Music Theater Dance. She has volunteered to help us; her Bio is below.

We will be working on a musical comedy number for the Springfield Cardinals game on Aug 22, 2015. We will perform around 6:00 PM.  It will be a basic jazz routine to "You Gotta Have Heart" from Damn Yankees. We will be wearing Cardinals t shirts and grey shorts (knit) that you will be responsible for. Tickets will be purchased before the game and are usually $8.00 or $9.00 per person.  We dance before the game and then stay for the game.  The kids will be dancing on the grass.
Pamela Burnside is a graduate of the University of Denver with a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre, Dance & Education.  She has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2 which gives her 63 years of experience. She began assisting her teacher in Dodge City, Kansas at the age of 13.  She had a large studio in Denver for 34 years and then moved to West Plains.  Pamela has been here almost 11 years. (I have known her for 9 of those years.) She is active in the community choreographing the musicals for the Avenue Theatre and the local schools. She has studied and taught classes in: ballet , tap, jazz, musical comedy, celtic hard and soft shoe, 3 types of clog, lyrical, belly dancing and ballroom and country couples dancing as well. She has a big heart too!

Ø Another Opportunity for the Advanced Dance Company: Hip Hop Master Class by Pamela’s Son, Brock. It will be $15 per person held in August:

Brock Ashton was raised as a studio owner’s son in Denver Colorado. Since the age of 2, brock has studied and trained in various styles of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, modern, ballroom, country, breakdancing, and hip hop. Over his dancing career, he has received awards and accolades for performing as well as choreography including top overall and high score for regional and national competitions in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oregon, and Denver. Brock also received a golden ticket on season 4 of "So You Think You Can Dance" on Fox. Brock choreographed and performed for Vanilla ice with the Denver Nuggets dancers. He was a lead choreographer and artistic assistant director for Avelon entertainment as a feature member at RISE nightclub, and Global Dance Festival with Djs from around the globe. Brock led choreography and performed with the Elevation crew which one the Denver radio station KS1075 YouGotServed Contest by sweeping all 9 weeks.Brock has assisted alongside some of the biggest and most known leaders of the dance industry such as Dave Scott, Chris Judd, Chris Jones, Shane Sparks, Wade Robson, and trained with others such as Nappytabs, Brian Friedman, Tony Testa, Misha Gabriel, and Phi Nyugen of the Jabbawockees. Brock has decided to focus his love for dance in the many elements of hiphop from pop, krump, lock, to also infuse club and freestyle dances with studio stylized training. Brock wishes to spread dance through positivity, joy, happiness, and raising people’s technique, ability, and knowledge through his love of dance to all ages from young children to adults!


West Plains Avenue Theater. July 14, 16, 17, 18 at 7:00 pm and 19th at 3:00 pm

Thursday, July 9, 2015

It's registration time!

7/14 Update:
Our registration form is now online!  Please click THIS LINK to access the Registration Form page.

Auditions are coming!

This year's initial plan was to do the Broadway production of "Annie", however, with Annie currently on tour, the performance licensing has been suspended for the next few years.

We hope that you will be pleased with our new choice, Disney's "Mary Poppins"!  This is the full Broadway version, and will include actors, dancers, and instrumentalists of all ages. Auditions will be held at the STARS Foundation building in Cabool.  Performances will be the last two weekends of September.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lesson week this week

INSTRUMENTALISTS AND VOCALISTS: Don't forget that the free lessons are offered this week.  If you have something prepared or need instruction, please notify Mrs. Peterson that you will be coming at your scheduled time. If you need a reminder of your time, check the Class Schedule link to the left.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

Hope all of you are having a great holiday weekend!!

If you are interested in walking in a couple of parades tomorrow, the line up for the Willow Springs parade is at 9:00 a.m., with the parade at 10:00 a.m.  The line up for the Cabool parade is at 1:00 p.m., with the parade at 2:00 p.m.

Please wear your STARS shirt if you have one, and you may accent with red, white, and blue.  If you do not have a STARS shirt, please wear red, white, and blue.

- Mrs. Peterson

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Next week is lesson week!

INSTRUMENTALISTS AND VOCALISTS: Just a reminder that next week is the first full week of July (6-10), which means we will follow the private lesson schedule just for that week. Be sure you check the Class Schedule link on the blog and be prepared for a lesson on your designated day and time. Thanks!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Today's schedule (6/16)


Orchestra will be cancelled today. See you next week.

Dancers, there is a slight change in the schedule. The first class remains the same. The second class will go from 3:30 to 4:00, and the third class will begin at 4:00 and go to 5:00. This change will be in effect for the remainder of the summer.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Summer Schedule - June & July

Beginning June 1 - Students who have individual music and vocal lessons will have one lesson a month, during the first week of the month. During the week of June 1-5, come to your lesson at your usual time and location. You also will do this the first full week of July, which is July 6-10. If you've forgotten your regularly scheduled time and location, please visit our class schedule link to the left.

Beginning June 9 - Orchestra students will have weekly orchestra on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Also beginning June 9 - ALL Dance students will have weekly dance on Tuesdays. All new students that just registered and are starting in these summer classes, please attend the class that goes with your age. We will be ordering dance attire for the new students, so please wear a t-shirt, shorts, and socks until your dance wear arrives. All current dance students please come dressed in your appropriate attire to all classes.

2:00-3:30 p.m. - Dance Company & Teen classes
3:30-4:00 p.m. - 3-6 year olds
4:00-5:00 - 7-11 year olds

Just a reminder: There is no tuition for the months of June and July. Dancers, this would be a good opportunity to bring a friend who's interested in dance to a class with you and let them try out our program.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Running with the STARS volunteer search

ATTENTION STARS STUDENTS & PARENTS: This is a reminder for "Running with the STARS" on Saturday, June 6, from 9-11 a.m.

If you happen to not be running, we need your help! We need STARS Theatre students ages 13-19 willing to dress up in one of your former costumes to be the STARS at the finish line. We also need parents and other adults ages 20 and older to help along the race route, being direction guides at corners, painters who spray the runners as they go through, or water station crew.

If you fit into any of these categories, whether it be runner, STAR, or parent volunteer, please contact Cindy Bobe at 417-217-9430 ASAP to sign up for your spot in this super fun STARS event!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Student music recital today

JUST A REMINDER: The student music recital is today at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Cabool, Missouri.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Performance opportunity

ATTENTION STARS STUDENTS: For those of you in the music recital on Saturday afternoon... If you would like an extra chance to perform your song, be at Kabul Nursing Home tomorrow, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. STARS students will be providing entertainment for the residents there.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinderella encore performance

The STARS Foundation is pleased to announce an encore presentation of "Cinderella". Show time will be Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. Cabool High School Old Gymnasium. $2 admission at the door. Children 6 and under FREE.

Give Ozarks is happening now!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Countdown... 13 hours to Giving Day!!

Here's the link to our Give Ozarks page. On May 5th, you can help The STARS Foundation by donating through this special link. Your donations will help us qualify for up to $92,000 in prizes being given throughout the 24 hour period. 100% of the donation you give supports The STARS Foundation, and is not filtered out to other organizations. Check it out - and be ready between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on May 5th!



May 5 Giving Day and tuition


Please participate in our May 5th Giving Day, by scheduling a time slot to come to STARS and help with our campaign. We would like for everyone to participate to support STARS financially. This is a very important event that will help us determine our ability to continue these programs.

The Giving Day goes for 24-hours, with the first time slot available tonight at midnight, going all through through tomorrow, May 5, until 11:59 p.m.

The most important hours are the first (12:00 a.m. - 12:59 a.m.) and last (11:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.) hours, where we can get the most money.

Schedule your time by calling Rebecca at 417-254-3168.

Also, just a reminder, our annual tuition calendar runs August through May. Tuition should be paid monthly August through May, regardless of the number of classes and practices held during that month. No tuition will need to be paid for June and July. Please check your records and make sure you have fulfilled your tuition requirements. If you find that you've skipped a month, please send your payment to STARS Foundation at P.O. Box 467, Cabool, MO 65689.

This week at STARS


Just a reminder that the orchestra and dancers are now on break until the first week of June. Private music lessons will continue this week and next week in preparation for the student recital on the 16th.

DANCERS, a request has been put in for a potential ENCORE PERFORMANCE of Cinderella. We are still waiting to hear back, but if we get the go ahead, the performance will be this Saturday, May 9th at 7:30 p.m., at Cabool High School Old Gym. We will need to hold a run through rehearsal on Friday if we can secure the gym. More details as soon as we know!

Thank you to everyone for the dedication and hard work put forth in the past months to make Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and Concert for a Cure a huge success. We couldn't have done it without your help!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Dance dress rehearsal, Friday, May 1


Please come prepared with the appropriate stockings, shoes, and undergarments (no sports bras) for dress rehearsal today. Dancers not correctly dressed will not be allowed to participate in dress rehearsal. It's time to be focused and serious. The only exceptions are those who are currently waiting for their clothing orders to arrive.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Calendar correction


Please note the correction on the May calendar. The student music recital was inadvertently placed on Sunday, May 17, instead of Saturday, May 16. The correction has been made. Please update your calendars.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday, April 30 information

ATTENTION DANCERS: We will be having a dress rehearsal at the gym as scheduled. Please come with your hair up in a bun or pony tail so you are prepared to dance. Wear the appropriate tights and shoes as needed. You will be directed from there at practice by the group mother responsible for your class. Please remove all nail polish, jewelry, rubberbands on wrists, NO Gum. No Underwear (under costume), No Lipstick.

Thanks, Mrs. Peterson

ATTENTION ORCHESTRA: Rehearsal is at STARS 6:30-8:00, at 8:00 we are going to load the trailer to move everything over to the gymnasium for Saturday. We could really use your help.

Thanks, Mrs Peterson

Friday, April 24, 2015


The 5 Pointe Dance Company (8 girls and Nathaniel Carter) will have rehearsal at STARS this Saturday morning, April 25, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Breakfast will be served beforehand at Mrs. Peterson's at 7:30 a.m.

ALL DANCERS - Due to the extensive amount of work put into this production, we are fortunate to have an opportunity to do an additional performance! The extra performance will be on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Houston Middle School Gymnasium. If you are unable to attend this performance, please let Mrs. Copling or Mrs. Peterson know ASAP, so that they may get your parts covered.

Also, to clear up any confusion and concern, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother has waved her magic wand and parents and siblings will receive free admission to the Cinderella ballet. All admission collected from the public will go toward offsetting the expenses incurred during the production.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Give Ozarks coming May 5th

Here's the link to our Give Ozarks page. On May 5th, you can help The STARS Foundation by donating through this special link. Your donations will help us qualify for up to $92,000 in prizes being given throughout the 24 hour period. 100% of the donation you give supports The STARS Foundation, and is not filtered out to other organizations. Check it out - and be ready between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on May 5th!



Schedule for 4/23, 4/24, 4/25


TONIGHT: Cast members who are main characters, plus boys and girls who are princes & princesses need to arrive at the theater at 5:30 to get into costumes for pictures, which begin at 6:00. Boys with multiple costumes need to be in their prince costumes first to match their princesses. Cast members who are in "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl" need to arrive at 6:00, and will need to put on their "Under the Sea" costumes to be ready for the full cast picture.

FRIDAY: Orchestra strings members need to be at STARS at 3:00 for rehearsal. The rest of the orchestra needs to arrive at 4:30 and be ready for the television recording. Play well, and have fun!! :)

SATURDAY: Main characters need to arrive at 12:00 as scheduled to get ready for the first show. Boys with multiple costumes need to arrive at 1:30, and cast members in "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl" need to arrive at 1:45. After the second show, there will be a pizza party, so all cast and crew members can look forward to that.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Schedule for today


If you are only in "Under the Sea", "Kiss the Girl", and singing "Fathoms Below", please arrive today at 1:45 already dressed in black. This will help relieve congestion in the costuming area.

Boys with multiple costume changes (sailors, gulls, etc.), arrive at 1:00, and meet with Mrs. Peterson.

Everyone else arrive at 12:00, as planned. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tonight's rehearsal - IMPORTANT INFO!


We have a slight change in tonight's rehearsal schedule. All of the younger kids (who only appear in "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl") GET THE NIGHT OFF!!

All of the older kids need to come as planned, and be prepared to work hard. You will be working on staging of certain scenes, and doing last minute preparations for tomorrow night's opening night.

Thanks for all your dedication toward making this a fabulous production!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Searching... Searching... Searching...

AHOY MATES! Our fabulous Executive Director be looking for a wooden rowboat for Ariel and Prince Eric to ride in during the lagoon scene. If ye have a wooden rowboat or know where one can be found, she need not be seaworthy, but please text a picture to Mrs. Peterson at 417-254-3168 ASAP, so she can check her out and see if she'll work. Thanks!!

Give Ozarks

The STARS Foundation is excited to participate in "Give Ozarks". Parents, if you wish to share a testimonial of what The STARS Foundation has done for your family, please write it out and turn it in to Rebecca. We will put it on our website.

Also, if you'd like to view the Give Ozarks video, you can find it through this link to our Facebook page.

Please click the images below to enlarge and read messages from our Executive Director regarding this special day of giving.

Spring concerts coming May 2 and May 3

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Monday, April 13, 2015



If you are a gull, sailor, etc., and you haven't already brought in your khaki pants, you need to bring them TOMORROW NIGHT (April 14) so we can measure the length needed to turn them into knickers. Remember, you're supposed to use old ones you don't mind cutting, or get some at a thrift store.

PLEASE do not forget!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dance schedule for Saturday, April 11

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Ball scene with the mazurka (8-11 year olds), intermediate ballet class, and dance company

The mazurka girls will be able to leave at 11:00.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Shooting with the STARS


SHOOTING WITH THE STARS - a 3 v. 3 basketball tournament fundraiser for The STARS Foundation.

April 18, 2015 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Houston Middle School Gymnasium. $5.00 per person to play - teams can have up to four members.

Call Cindy Bobe at 417-217-9430 for more information, or to register your 3 or 4 person team. Please register your team by April 17, and help us fill the brackets!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

STARS Dancers...

Mrs. Peterson will be ordering new dance stockings. They are $4 each if anyone needs them for the concert.

If you would like to order some, email her at or text her at 417-254-3168 with your information by Friday.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Revised schedule for April and May

Okay, STARS Students,

Here's what you've been waiting today for. Thank you for your patience while waiting for me to get home and get documents converted. The first page is the list of all the dance parts. Dancers, when you combine this list with the calendars, it should all come together for you. Orchestra and Theatre students, you are written into the same calendars (ignore page 1 and go straight to pages 2 and 3). Please note, if you click each image, the page will become big enough for you to read.

And one more thing... The April newsletter has been posted in the post before this one, or you can also view it on the Calendar of Events link to the left.


April Newsletter

Click image for larger view


Just a Reminder:

There are no music lessons this week, April 6-10, so Mrs. Peterson can prepare the stage for The Little Mermaid. 

Everything else on the Monday schedule proceeds as planned today. Calendars for April and May will be posted this evening as soon as I can post them. Keep watching the blog and Facebook  to know where you're supposed to be and when you're supposed to be there during the next two months.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Saturday, April 4 rehearsal schedule

*Orchestra members, please note the addition to this post at 4:00*


I apologize for saying the wrong time Tuesday night. To clear things up, Rehearsal on Saturday is as ORIGINALLY posted on the original schedule: Willow Springs 9-12. Thank you, Mrs. Peterson

9:00-12:00 - Willow Springs Play Rehearsal

1:00-3:00 - Cabool Stars Building - ages 8-11 Ballet Mazurka, Intermediate Ballet, Pointe Company (Mazurka will only be from 1:00-2:00)

3:00-4:00 - Pointe Company

4:00-5:00 - ORCHESTRA - Strings, French horns, Trombones, Bass clarinets

Monday, March 30, 2015

Classes are in session today, Monday, March 30

Though it is a fifth Monday....Lessons are still in session, I will however be taking the week off (of private music lessons only) during the week of April 6th through 10th so please mark your calendars! Dance, Orchestra, and Play practices will still resume. Thank You, Mrs. Peterson

Reminder: Tuesday and Thursday play practice is still in Cabool, Saturday will be held at the STAR Theater. We will have a long rehearsal with the entire cast from prepared to go longer all day if you are a main character. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rehearsal schedule for Saturday, March 28

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - BOYS! (Sailors, chefs, etc., and main character boys that are with them)

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - GIRLS will join the boys (Princesses, Mersisters, Flounder)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Strings and flutes

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Mazurka (8-11)

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Teen intermediate, Dance Company, Prince

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Act 2, Scene 2 - Village: teen beginning, Duke, Prince, step sisters, step mother, step father

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Dance Company

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Ursula, Flotsam, Jetsam

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Saturday, March 20 schedule


The Saturday, March 20, rehearsal schedule is as follows...

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - BOYS! (sailors, seagulls, chefs, princes, etc.) and the main characters (Eric, Chef Louie, Scuttle, etc.)

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - GIRLS will join the boys! (Mersisters and princesses)

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - ORCHESTRA (strings and flutes)

As usual, rehearsals will be held at the STARS Foundation building.

Re: Tuition


Please check your tuition payments for February and March, because we have not received payments for February. Make sure your balances are paid by the end of March.

Also, please note on checks the name of the student and the month being paid for to help keep it straight. If you are paying with cash, we have envelopes to put it in, as well as writing the information on the envelope.

Thank you for your patience to make this easier and more efficient.

Also, for those students who do service hours, your hours for this quarter are due at the end of March.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Little Mermaid, Jr. links


Listed below is a link to songs and partial script for The Little Mermaid, Jr. The SCORE links are the music, while the SCRIPT links are lines. You might want to look at the links for other characters to see if you appear in the same song as them.

The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

This week's Saturday schedule

This Saturday morning, March 14, will be rehearsal for the three young ladies cast as Ariel for The Little Mermaid, Jr. Rehearsal time is from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the strings and flutes will have orchestra rehearsal.

Both rehearsals will take place at the STARS Foundation building in Cabool.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Just A Reminder

We will be having our Easter Bakery on March 28 at Houston Wal-Mart. Cindy is looking for some Easter bakers to donate some really cute stuff for the sale. If you are willing to donate products or time, please call or text Cindy at 417-217-9430 and let her know. She'd like to have a variety and knows what sells, so be sure to check with her before you bake. ALSO, we are still selling tickets for our raffle. You can win a HUGE bundle of items. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held at the Saturday evening performance of Disney's Little Mermaid, Jr. on April 18th. You need not be present to win.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Relay Program for Orchestra

Use these recordings on You Tube to listen to and follow along: Copy and paste the line after the Bold Title and semi colon. I put a description of what it looks like in parenthesis so you can be sure you have the correct one.

Full Orchestra is playing:
Chronicles of Narnia :H Gregson Williams & S Barton "Chronicles of Narnia"
(Has clapping in the beginning when it starts)
Pirates of The Caribbean: Pirates of the Caribbean - Klaus Badelt Arr. Ted Ricketts
(Has a picture of our arrangement on the screen)
Spiderman: The Spider Man - Suíte sobre a trilha sonora do filme (2002) Danny Elfman
(Orchestra sits on a round stage)
Star Wars: Suite from the Star Wars Epic Part II - Robert W Smith
(Only has writing on the screen)
Canon in D (Ensemble with new string players
Circus Gallop (Ensemble with Video)
30 minutes

String Ensembles will also be playing:
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik : Mvt 1
15 minutes

Dartmour- string Ensemble of 8
Csardas- Violin Solo
Carmen Celebration – Piano Duet
Bring Him Home – John Bailey & Cello
Ava Maria – John & Elizabeth
Hallelujah- Uke & Vocal Ensemble
25 minutes

March Newsletter

Friday, March 6, 2015

Extra practice available

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 7, there will be an extra practice available from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the STARS building for any orchestra members that play strings and flutes.

In addition, the following Little Mermaid cast members will have rehearsal from 12:00 to 2:00 at STARS:

Flotsam & Jetsam

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Inclement weather cancellation for Thursday, March 5

All STARS lessons and classes are cancelled for today, Thursday, March 5, due to inclement weather. This also includes orchestra and rehearsal for The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Inclement weather cancellation for Wednesday, March 4

All STARS lessons and classes will be cancelled today, Wednesday, March 4, due to inclement weather.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Classes in session Tuesday, March 3

All STARS lessons and classes WILL BE IN SESSION today, Tuesday, March 3. This also includes orchestra and rehearsal for The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Please continue to follow our blog or Facebook page daily. If the forecasted weather report for tomorrow is correct, our fun will be short-lived, and we'll be posting cancellations again.

Enjoy your classes today!! We look forward to seeing you!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Inclement weather cancellation for Monday, March 2

All STARS lessons and classes will be cancelled today, Monday, March 2, due to inclement weather.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Partial inclement weather cancellation for Thursday, February 26

All STARS individual and group music lessons will be cancelled today, Thursday, February 26, due to the continuous icy conditions.

However, STARS dance, orchestra, Spanish, and rehearsal for The Little Mermaid, Jr. will be in session at their regularly scheduled times. Again, please be careful when traveling.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Classes in session Wednesday, February 25

STARS lessons and classes will be in session today... HOWEVER, please be aware that both the STARS building and the Peterson residence face north, and have ice on the walkways that is still too solid to be broken at this time. PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION!! Also, anyone having lessons at the Peterson residence, please DO NOT try to park in the driveway, as it is also a solid sheet of ice. If you decide that you do not want to risk coming to class today, you will not be penalized for absence today. Thank you - and be safe.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Inclement weather cancellation for Tuesday, February 24

Due to ice over side walks and parking areas, we are going to allow one more day of melting and shoveling. There will be no STARS lessons or classes on Tuesday, February 24. This includes orchestra and rehearsal for The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Inclement weather cancellation for Monday, February 23


All STARS lessons and classes will be cancelled for Monday, February 23, due to inclement weather.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Inclement weather cancellation for Thursday, February 19


All STARS lessons and classes will be cancelled for Thursday, February 19, due to inclement weather. This also includes orchestra and rehearsal for The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Inclement weather cancellation for Wednesday, February 18


All STARS lessons and classes will be cancelled for Wednesday, February 18, due to inclement weather.

Little Mermaid Cast List

Attention: The following is not the final cast list. This is an outline to get us started. CREW A will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30-8:30. CREW B Will only attend on Thursday rehearsals until further notice. All understudies do not need to attend their understudy part at this time. If your child is under the age of 6 you can attend at your discretion; if needed they can wait until the latter part of March. I will announce what we will be working on each week. It is suggested that you allow your child to practice the songs that we will be working on so they become familiar with them. They can be found on our theater face book page. Thank you for participating.

Assistant Director: Wyatt Ennis

Prince Eric: Aiden Stack / Understudy: Kamron Whipple

Grimsby: Blake Williams / Understudy: Duncan Stack

Sebastian: James Lange / Understudy: Forest Swisher

Carlotta: Courtney Burnes / Understudy: Lissy Pettibone

Flounder: Gianna Westlund / Understudy: Farad Thomas & Meadow Miller

Ursula: Hannah Peterson / Understudy: Courtney Burnes

Flotsam & Jetsam: Kelsey Pritchett & Reagan Wells / Understudy: Anna Gale & Aubrey Crockett

Scuttle: Gabe Pruett / Understudy: Michaelah Knarr

Chef: Forest Swisher / Understudy: Marc Rosso

Ariel: Megan Lange, Elaine Hines and Alaina Johnson

Sailors & Chefs & Princes or Scuttle Friends:
Jackson Williams
Kamron Whipple
Cade Copling
Duncan Stack
Warren Ennis
Levi Grogan
Forest Swisher

Pilot: Marc Rosso

Sea Horse: Hazel Miller

King Triton: Jett

Sea Creatures:
Gracie Tottingham
Megan Rosso
Natalie Rosso
Kylie Ennis
Warren Ennis
Lydia Randelman
Kierra Wiggs
Lissy Pettibone
Alyssa Grogan
Pharona Thomas
Farad Thomas
Savannah Ryan
Alley Gilkeson
Bailey Gilkeson
Max Gilkeson
Theo Miller
Elizabeth Rajski
Larkin Rajski
Anna Gale
Arieanna Bloom
Sophie Metty
Cheyenne Lundberg
Jacina Crockett
Aubrey Crockett
Corbin Arwood
Jaeda Arwood
Abby Peterson
Weston Peterson
Zane Copling
Shandra Copling
Ayzlee Copling
Braxton Copling
Meadow Miller
(other cast xtras)

Seagull friends: Michaelah Knarr

MerSisters: / Understudy: Any of the 6 Princesses
Aquata – Briley Gilkeson
Andrina – Amanda Lange
Arista – _____________(Xtra Ariel)
Atina – ___________ __(xtra Ariel)
Adella- Maddie Peterson
Allana- Kyleigh Peterson

Princesses and water crew: / Understudy: Any of the Mersisters
Mady Tune
Brante Copling
Tia Copling
Kiana Copling
Bailey Gilkeson
Hannah Sorrells

Monday, February 16, 2015

Inclement weather cancellation for Tuesday, February 17


All STARS lessons and classes will be cancelled for Tuesday, February 17, due to inclement weather. This includes orchestra, as well as rehearsal for The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Inclement weather cancellation for February 16

ATTENTION STARS STUDENTS: All STARS lessons and classes will be cancelled today, Monday, February 16, 2015, due to inclement weather.

Please check the blog or Facebook daily, as we will post cancellations and openings.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Call backs and rehearsal tonight


Tonight, February 10, we will begin our rehearsal schedule for Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. The ENTIRE CAST needs to meet at the STARS Foundation building for rehearsal from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The call backs will be done first. After the call backs are complete the cast will learn the Finale Song: Part of Your World.

Please come prepared.

Call back list:

Flounder: Meadow Miller, Farad Thomas, Jonas, GiGi Westlund
Jetsam & Flotsam: Madison Peterson & Tia Copling, Reagan Wells & Kelsey Pritchett
Ursula: Hannah Peterson, Courtney Burnes
Sebastian: James Lange
Ariel: Meagan Lange, Brante Copling, Maddie Tune, Elaina Johnson, Elaine Hines
Scuttle: Gabe Pruett, Michaelah Knarr, Jackson Williams

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Little Mermaid, Jr. callbacks Feb. 10

The music for The Little Mermaid, Jr. will be posted in the Facebook theatre group ASAP. We're having some computer difficulties getting it uploaded.

The following will be performing Call Backs on February 10th at our first rehearsal. There will be a panel of judges made up of Board members and civilians to determine our cast.

After the call backs are complete the cast will learn the Finale Song: Part of Your World
Please come prepared.

Flounder: Meadow Miller, Farad Thomas, Jonas, GiGi Westlund
Jetsam & Flotsam: Madison Peterson & Tia Copling, Reagan Wells & Kelsey Pritchett
Ursula: Hannah Peterson, Courtney Burnes
Sebastian: James Lange
Ariel: Meagan Lange, Brante Copling, Maddie Tune, Elaina Johnson, Elaine Hines
Scuttle: Gabe Pruett, Michaelah Knarr, Jackson Williams

Please select a piece that is for the specific character. You will need to sing a capella, and you will be graded on vocals, character achievement, stage presence, and annunciation. Good Luck, can't wait to see you!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Little Mermaid, Jr. auditions today

We are auditioning ages 19 and under at the STARS Foundation building, 519 Main Street, Cabool, Missouri. Come UNDER THE SEA with us!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Classes in session January 15

ATTENTION STARS STUDENTS: All lessons and classes WILL BE IN SESSION today, January 15, 2015.

Per our inclement weather policy, with one of the "Big 4" schools open, we feel it's safe to have classes. However, if you feel it's unsafe to travel from your area, please do not take the risk.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Classes cancelled Monday, January 12


Due to inclement weather, ALL STARS LESSONS AND CLASSES are cancelled today, Monday, January 12, 2015.

As in the past, it is STARS Policy to cancel if all four of our "Big 4" area schools (Cabool, Houston, Mountain Grove, and Willow Springs) are also closed.

Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy your day off.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Class Schedule


Please view and take note of the updated Class Schedule. January has brought a few changes, and we want to make sure that you are at your lessons and/or classes at the correct time. You may click the Class Schedule link to the left, or you may click HERE to go directly there.

Also, you may view the January newsletter in the Calendar of Events link.

Thanks! We're looking forward to a great semester at STARS!!

Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.

We will be auditioning ages 19 and under at the STARS Foundation building, 519 Main Street, Cabool, Missouri. Make preparations now to come UNDER THE SEA with us!!