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!